This program provides access to real-life road user data, providing the opportunity for students to analyse and interpret big data and then use it to help them determine community outcomes.
Specifically, the data will show traffic flow through a regional Victorian town and then be used by students to determine if a bypass road is warranted, the best route for that bypass, and the potential positive and negative impacts the redirection of traffic might have on the town. They will collect and analyse data using a range of tools.
Students begin the day with a hands-on practical activity that introduces the concepts of traffic flow and planning, before using a range of tools to examine the data that will inform their future decision making.
CivilCAD program will enable students to calculate the construction costs and potential travel time savings for the proposed bypass. They will also research the impacts of bypasses on regional communities.
Working in teams students complete their bypass proposal and then present it to the class, considering not just the economic impacts for road users, but also social impacts on local residents.