Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has recently published the final version of its Intelligent Mass – Functional and Technical Specification document.
The specification defines the performance requirements for technology providers to combine mass data with other telematics data collected from vehicles, which will be used for two of its applications within the National Telematics Framework (NTF): Intelligent Mass Monitoring (IMM) and Intelligent Mass Assessment (IMA).
“Intelligent Mass responds to a diverse range of needs. Road managers, regulators (across different industry sectors), transport operators and other parties along the supply chain, will all benefit from the availability of Intelligent Mass,” TCA says.
“The specification builds upon the capabilities offered by type-approved On-Board Mass (OBM) Systems, which provide high levels of accuracy, reliability and robustness in the measurement of vehicle mass.
“Importantly, the specification enables the collection of vehicle mass and configuration data in a standardised and consistent manner through any application of the National Telematics Framework.”
The document states that the information the applications will provide will be able to support improved transport productivity, assist with regulatory compliance, enable enhanced infrastructure management and utilisation, and can be used for future infrastructure decision-making such as road planning, bridge design and construction, port access and facilities, and waste collection and processing.
“Using these applications with Intelligent Mass introduces an opportunity to drive the next wave of productivity reforms. The Australian Standard for bridge assessment (AS 5100.7:2017), developed in conjunction with Austroads and released in 2017, highlights how collecting mass and configuration data through telematics applications can change the way bridge loading calculations are performed,” TCA says.
“Consistent with the Australian Standard, Intelligent Mass can unlock heavy vehicle access constraints – which are often influenced by the outcomes of bridge assessments – by empowering road managers to make improved access decisions based on the availability of vehicle location, configuration and mass data.”
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