Established in 2002, Donald Veal Consultants Pty Ltd (DVC) has built a strong reputation in providing effective and innovative solutions to a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors.
DVC is a leading Traffic Engineering & Transport Planning Consultancy based in Western Australia.Read More
We offer a comprehensive suite of traffic engineering and transport planning consultancy services.
Transport planning and traffic management are integrated activities involving traffic engineering, land-use planning, social science, economics and environmental matters associated with traffic generation for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. This is the core of our business and over the past 10 years we have built a reputation for delivering high-quality planning, design and management across all aspects of the projects we undertake. We understand the importance of sound transport planning and traffic management for ensuring sustainability and accessibility for both communities and businesses. DVC is passionate about its responsibilities in helping to shape the cities, towns and rural areas in which we live and assisting with developing innovative solutions and strategies to address the transport needs of a growing population. To ensure we keep pace with our clients evolving demands, we employ a dynamic workforce, experienced, highly motivated and committed to providing workable solutions to the wide range of transport-related issues. DVC actively addresses matters raised by both public and private sector stakeholders, whether correcting existing concerns, assessing the implications for new or modified land uses or setting a vision for the future.
Strategic transport studies set the framework, parameters and direction for transport initiatives across a range of diverse transport related topics. DVC has been engaged to undertake a variety of strategic transport studies, including the development of parking strategies and a review of the business case for re-establishing the FreoStar bus service in Fremantle. We have prepared tender documents on behalf of the State Government for a number of major strategic transport modelling projects and conducted transport assessments relating to outline development plans. It is important to test concepts and strategies in their early stages to ensure the vision is robust. There is a need for a flexible approach in developing strategies and an open mind to see what is practical.
The purpose of a transport impact assessment (TIA) is to assess the impacts of developments on the transport network and identify practical solutions to address these impacts. The vast majority of planning proposals have the potential to result in changes to vehicle and/or pedestrian movements. A TIA identifies any changes that may potentially lead to reduced levels of safety and efficiency and provides solutions to ensure the surrounding transport network is amended to suit the changes that will manifest as a result of the proposed development. TIAs are a vital document enabling planning decisions to be based on the principles of sustainable development. Our team at DVC has extensive experience in all areas of TIAs and we pride ourselves on delivering innovative and cost-effective solutions on traffic and transport matters. We also have a comprehensive knowledge of many of the best practice guidelines and keep track of ongoing developments our areas of specialisation to ensure our clients get the best possible advice.
Effective and efficient public transport plays an essential role in creating competitive economies, and liveable, vibrant cities. Over the past decade, both Federal and State Governments have invested billions of dollars in the public transport sector in the Perth metropolitan area and this has led to substantial increases in usage, with an excess of 300,000 trips now being made by public transport every weekday. With further growth in usage anticipated in the future and an impressive history of previous public transport project success, DVC is well placed to assist in the development of both proposed network expansions and improvements of existing services in the public transport sector.
DVC is passionate about the development of, and planning for, sustainable transport infrastructure which provides long-term community benefits by creating a more physically active society and reduces the dependence upon private vehicle usage. Comprehensive bicycle plans and pedestrian networks provide a crucial element of the framework for achieving these goals within local government areas.
Australia has an established history of high car ownership and usage. As a result, car parking has become a central focus in many areas, particularly those which provide employment and localised activity. Car parking serves not only local residents but workers, commuters, shoppers, visitors, students, and commercial operations such as freight or service delivery, to access employment, goods, services and recreational opportunities and to attend social and cultural events. DVC is regularly commissioned to undertake or review car parking strategy frameworks and parking supply and demand management plans. We have a thorough knowledge of parking management best practices and are able to use proven techniques to optimise parking solutions for our clients including:
An expert witness can be defined as a person possessing certain specialised knowledge, skills and/or experience that goes beyond the knowledge of ordinary members of the general public. In Australia, both state and federal courts allow expert witnesses to testify in lawsuits in order to aid the trier of fact, usually a jury but often the judge, to determine how to rule on a case. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) also allows witnesses to provide testimony to assist it in determining planning matters referred to the Western Australian Planning Committee (WAPC). DVC employs a number of highly qualified senior professionals whose expertise is well respected in the traffic and transport engineering sector. Donald Veal has been involved as an expert witness in a wide range of cases involving numerous developments including offices, hotels, mixed use commercial sites, mine sites, schools, child care centres, outdoor event sites, service stations and residential developments. Issues have included matters of access, road safety, parking provision, road network capacity and operational considerations.
Roadwork, events and mine site developments can present a wide variety of unique and challenging traffic and transport issues. At DVC we pride ourselves on our ability to find innovative, cost-effective and timely solutions in response to these challenges.
A road safety audit is a formal examination of proposed or existing roads and related areas with the intention of identifying road safety deficiencies and areas of risk that could lead to traffic incidents. Road safety audits and crash investigations are a vital part of maintaining and improving road safety. Road safety is a major priority in Australia, and DVC is proud to be in a position to be able to contribute to improving and maintaining a high standard of safety on WA roads. Safety audits are an area where DVC has significant expertise and experience, having several accredited Senior Road Safety Auditors on our team who have led well in excess of 150 safety audits between them. We have also conducted fatal crash investigations on behalf of Main Roads WA, assisting the coroner in understanding the potential role that the road environment may have had in events.
Traffic signal control is an efficient and increasingly more important tool in the management of intersection on our road networks, particularly in urban areas. Requests for the installation of traffic signals may come from any number of sources typically from Main Roads WA, local governments and developers. These requests can arise due to existing problems such as high rates of traffic accidents and/or poor operational performance. In other cases the requirement stems from major road upgrades, new roads or to manage the impact of developments. In all cases, designs need to be approved by Main Roads WA prior to any installation or modification to existing facilities. DVC has been responsible for the design of several new traffic signal installations and modification to many other existing setups. We have also designed traffic signal systems for use during roadworks. DVC has undertaken concept designs for non-signalised intersection types including priority intersections and roundabouts. We have designed streetscapes, car park layouts, road networks for residential and industrial developments and public transport layover areas.
DVC undertakes a wide range of traffic and transport related surveys from routine intersection counts to face-to-face interviews of public transport interchanges. Surveys are always carefully designed to ensure they collect unbiased data that will provide answers to the real questions behind the project. DVC has state-of-the-art video cameras and high mast capability that has been used for recording traffic movements at intersections all over the Perth metropolitan area and state-wide from Port Hedland to Esperance. Surveys of peak hour or 24-hour duration have been conducted. We have undertaken major surveys and analysis of the Perth metropolitan railway network covering all railway stations and all train services over a full week, counting all boarding and alighting movements. We have surveyed major car park usage including entry and counts and exit counts and duration of stay by bay type. We have conducted condition surveys of signs over a whole town site and carried out visual inspection surveys of road conditions.
DVC provides assistance to several local governments through panel contracts and has undertaken individual projects for many other local authorities. Over the years we have worked in-house with several local authorities to assist with workloads across a variety of tasks. We have provided regular assistance with preparing black spot funding application and undertaken numerous road safety audits for local governments. DVC has undertaken concept design projects, intersection analysis, parking studies, pedestrian and cycling projects, local area traffic management studies, traffic signal designs and many other types of projects for dozens of councils in WA.
DVC has both the knowledge and experience to deliver a wide range of traffic engineering and transport planning consultancy services. It is this knowledge, combined with a flexible approach and thorough understanding of our clients’ needs that enables DVC to deliver successful outcomes on both major and ancillary projects.