RSBS: Design Barrier Workshops

New Zealand Transport Agency conducts these courses for Government and Local Roading Asset Authorities, Contractors, Consultants, and any other interested party. Conference Brokers Limited has been contracted to administer and organise the courses on their behalf.

This two day course including a ½ day practical road safety barrier system workshop now focuses on the skills and information necessary to design systems and certify installations

• Design theory
• Design Exercises
• Fitting design to location
• Design Certification Exam

NZTA and Local Authority Staff, Consultants and Contractors responsible for either: design, certification and audit of safety barriers should attend and take the exam.

Pre-requisite: The Road Safety Barrier Installation, Maintenance and Inspection Workshop.

Barrier Design and Certification Qualification (BDCQ)
Consultants carrying out design and supervision work involving road safety barriers will need to have attended this core workshop and have passed the BARRIER DESIGN AND CERTIFICATION TEST
A list of those who hold this qualification is now on the NZTA Website.

1. Introduction
• NZTA Overview
• The Safe System Approach
• Clear Zone Concept
• Ditches
• Hazard ID and Mitigation
• Design of Longitudinal Barriers
• Specification of Barrier Systems

2. Review of  Barrier Systems and End Treatments
• Performance
• Selection

3. Design
• Theory
• Worked Examples

4. Design Exercises
• Individual and syndicate exercises will be used to provide practice in design solutions

5. Design Certification Exam

6. Practical Field Trip


Mr Shane Dale Harrison Grierson T2Engineers
Mr Joe Southey Stantec NZ
Mr Andrew Fergus GHD Limited
Mr Julian Chisnall NZTA National Office
Mr Stuart Fraser NZTA National Office


These courses are held at Northridge Country Lodge which is between SilverDale and Orewa, approx. 60 – 90 minutes north of Auckland Airport. For those flying in for the course a coordination plan will be in place, to share the cost of the transfers between airport and venue. Participants will need to plan to arrive between 5.00pm and 6.30pm the night before the course, and meet at a designated place to share the NZTA shuttle or commercial Super Shuttles transport. This group will have priority for the first practical and will be transferred back to the airport by approx. 5.00pm depending on traffic on Day 2.

The course classroom work over One and a Half days, is followed by a ½ day Practical to local sites, on the afternoon of Day 2 but some may need to attend their practical on Day 3 either in the morning or afternoon. The practical schedule will be included in the Joining Instruction issued prior to the course.

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