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DPTI Matters - 18 January 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Driverless bus

South Australia has launched into the future with the trial of a new autonomous bus and smart transit hub at Glenelg.

The Olli shuttle is a driverless, electric vehicle, which will take passengers from Moseley Square to the Broadway Kiosk and back, supported by two intelligent transit hubs called Matilda.

Olli and Matilda have an on-board human machine interface and cognition which allows them to ‘talk’ and interact with passengers, providing information about the vehicle and its surrounds.

The bus can take up to eight people at once and the transit hub offers smart integrated technology to commuters. Both are funded through the State Government’s Future Mobility Lab Fund, which is administered by The Department.

The trial, launched yesterday, is an important step towards understanding how autonomous and connected technology can play a part in future transport solutions in South Australia.

The olli bus approaches the Matilda station along the Glenelg foreshore. The bus is like a rectangular cube with rounded corners and the Matilda station is similar in appearance but is a shelter with a ramp. There are a number of people in the shelter.
Invited guests at the launch of the Olli shuttle and Matilda smart transit hub.

Clean-up recognition

Our teams responding to graffiti attacks on DPTI property have won praise after yet another quick and professional response to a call.

A Twitter user praised the “amazing service as always” by the team.

“Reported then cleaned up at our local station within one day,” the Tweet said.

Transport Minister the Hon Stephan Knoll noticed the recognition and retweeted the praise.

Great work by the team involved.

The image shows a fence and post with graffiti on them on the left and the same images with graffiti removed on the right. The Tweet is above and reads "Amazingservice as always from @AdelaideMetroSA in dealing with graffiti. Reported and cleaned up at our local station within one day. #adelaide #transport @sthenknoll #seafordline
The tweet complete with photos of our team’s great work.

Fond farewells

We farewell Mark Moreland, David Hutton and Justin Henderson, all from the Murray Bridge office.

Each of these long-time employees had extensive careers and collectively they provided nearly 100 years of service to the department.

Their experience and dedication will be greatly missed.  We wish them all the best in the future.

Three men in a horixontal line
From left:Justin Henderson, Mark Moreland, David Hutton.

Cool customers

Staff at Adelaide Railway Station have been doing a great job in helping passengers to cope with the extreme heat over the past few days.

Thousands of bottles of water were handed out to passengers on peak afternoon services to help keep them cool and hydrated.

This is an important interaction with our customers and it’s good to see our team doing such a fantastic  job of it.

A male and a female wearing white shirts and bright orange vests are reaching forward offering bottles of water.
Passenger Service Assistants Youssef Abdul-Samad and Carrie Hughes, with Customer Service Officer Dylan Campbell in the background.

Bridge milestone

Congratulations to the Northern Connector Project team for hitting yet another significant milestone on the weekend, with the successful installation of the final 17 bridge beams across the Port River Expressway as part of the Southern Interchange construction.

With each beam weighing almost 40 tonnes, the Port River Expressway was temporarily closed while a 400-tonne crane placed the last of the bridge’s 53 beams into position for the structure that will connect the South Road Superway to the Northern Connector.

The Port River Expressway will be closed again between Hanson Road and the Salisbury Highway between 7pm tonight and 5am Monday morning to enable concrete pours for the new bridge deck.

Once the Northern Connector and Regency to Pym projects are complete, there will be a 47km non-stop motorway between Gawler and the River Torrens.

A crane is in the foreground of either a dawn or twighlight shot. It is lifting a giant steel bridge beam. The almost completed bridge is visible in the background.
A beam is lifted into position at the Port River Expressway as part of the Northern Connector’s Southern Interchange

Fauna habitats

Members of the Department’s Rail Care program and Laing O’Rourke’s Electrical Overhead Wire Maintenance team have combined forces to benefit biodiversity along the Belair rail line.

The initiative saw the two teams take a day out to install new fauna habitats adjacent to the rail corridor. The Department's Rail Care department purchased 20 bird, bat and possum nesting box kits, with Laing O’Rourke staff assembling, painting and installing the new homes high in the trees.

‘Cherry picker’ overhead maintenance trucks were used to install boxes on larger trees from Mitcham station through to Belair and staff were treated to a talk by ''FauNature’s'' James Smith on nesting and installation requirements for South Australian birds, bats and possums.

A group of workers stand in a circle listening to a talk. The speaker has  what appears to be a red toolbox and a green habitat box.
Staff  listen to a talk about nesting and installation requirements.

Theatre time-lapse

If today’s video sparked an interest in seeing just how the work on Her Majesty’s Theatre has been carried out, you’ll really enjoy watching a time-lapse video that Hansen Yuncken has put together, capturing the overhaul of the South Australian treasure.

Click below to watch.

Friday Flashback

With the Tour Down Under heading to Strathalbyn tomorrow, Friday Flashback offers clear proof of the charming town’s long history of hosting cycling events. Our photo was taken in Strathalbyn in 1924 and shows the winners of the Inter District and Clubs teams race with officials.

There are eight men in the photo. Four cyclists are on bikes in a horizontal line, each with an arm over the next one's shoulder. There are two men in suits and hats at each end supporting them. Two other men in suits and hats are to the right of the photo.