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Vehicle Restraint Systems Design Course

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 22 and Thursday, 23 May 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    The Clayton Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley, Dublin 22, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €475
    Non-Members: €525

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    14 hours   C1

Course aim

Upon completion of the training course, attendees will have developed skills in design, installation and maintenance of Vehicle Restraint Systems (VRS), including safety barrier and parapet systems, in accordance with relevant standards (IS EN 1317, TD19, BD52 and MCDRW Series 400). This is your opportunity to be informed about the latest thinking in Vehicle Restraint Systems.

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to have detailed awareness of the following on completion:

  • General knowledge of Vehicle Restraint Systems and their function;
  • The principles of forgiving roadsides
  • Classification and Performance levels of Vehicle Restraint Systems
  • The design of Vehicle Restraint Systems
  • Solutions and best practice in constrained situations
  • Identification of existing road side hazards and mitigation measures
  • Inspection and maintenance of Vehicle Restraint System installations
  • Certification of Vehicle Restraint System Installation

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, the delegate will be able to:

  • Classify Vehicle Restraint Systems according to IS EN1317 and the technical performance parameters therein
  • Explain the NRA TD19 design and risk assessment process for vehicle restraint systems
  • Describe and apply mitigation measures that negate the need for safety barriers during the design process
  • Apply the requirements of the Construction Products Regulation to Vehicle Restraint Systems
  • Develop and propose bespoke solutions for retrofitting vehicle restraint systems on the legacy network where constraints prevent compliant designs
  • Identify good or bad practice in Vehicle Restraint Systems installation and maintenance


Day 1

  • Introduction, Course Objectives
  • Forgiving Roadsides
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Introduction to VRS, Definitions and Classifications
  • Crash Testing and Acceptance Criteria to EN 1317-2
  • Terminals, Parapets and Transitions to EN 1317-4,7
  • Crash Cushions EN 1317-3
  • CE Marking of VRS – EN 1317-5
  • TD19 and BD52: Introduction and Principles

Day 2

  • VRS Design in accordance with TD19 
  • Workshop Rowan O'Callaghan
  • Risk Assessments according to Ch 8 of TD19
  • Workshop
  • Retrofitting VRS to the legacy network
  • VRS Installation, NRA MCDRW Series 400
  • Maintenance, Inspections and Repairs of VRS (savers)
  • Workshop
  • Course Summary
  • End of Course Exam
  • Close

Support Materials

All slides and training materials will be provided for you on the day, including a copy of TD19. It is advised that attendees are familiar with TD19, document can be found here.


There will be a multiple choice examination at the end of the two days to assess your knowledge against the learning outcomes with a 70% pass rate (21 out of 30). Special arrangements can be made should delegates wish to re-sit the examination. The course workshop outputs will also be formally assessed by the facilitators.

Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at Engineers involved in the design, specification, installation, supervision, certification, maintenance and road safety reviews of Vehicle Restraint Systems. It is anticipated that successful completion of this course will be a mandatory requirement in the future for designers certifying Vehicle Restraint System installations or repairs on national roads.

Trainer's Profiles

Göran Fredriksson, MSc, Representative for the Swedish Safety Barrier Association, SSBA

Göran Fredriksson has worked in traffic safety related to Vehicle Restraint Systems, VRS, since 2000. Previously he held managerial positions within the international manufacturing industry. Mr Fredriksson played a key role in establishing SSBA in 2004. SSBA has become a respected speaking partner/referral organisation to the Swedish Transport Administration and also runs R&D projects in co-operation with the authorities. Mr. Fredriksson has personally designed, and runs, courses and training programs related to traffic safety and VRS. Before 2006 this did not exist.

In 2014 the Swedish association for Safer Roadwork was established, with Mr Fredriksson as their elected representative.

Rowan O'Callaghan, Chartered Engineer, Associate, RPS Consulting Engineers

Rowan O’Callaghan is a Chartered Engineer with over 17 years’ experience in the project management and design of major infrastructural projects, from initial planning and preliminary design through to detailed design, procurement and construction. Previous projects have included the Limerick Tunnel PPP, National Road Re-Signing, M6 Kinnegad to Athlone Dual Carriageway and N11 Kilmacanogue to Glen of the Downs. Rowan has been involved in safety barrier design for 15 years and he is currently working closely with TII and numerous Local Authorities on safety barrier repair and replacement projects. In addition Rowan is an experienced Road Safety Auditor.

Alastair De Beer, Chartered Engineer, Project Manager, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Alastair de Beer is a Senior Engineer in the Transport Infrastructure Ireland - Roads and Tunnel Safety Section. He is a Chartered Engineer and obtained his Degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1998 and has since then worked in the area of engineering standards and safety; with particular focus on safety barriers, geometric design and traffic management. He joined the NRA in 2006 and obtaining his Masters in Health and Safety from Dublin City University in 2011.

Harry Cullen, Chartered Engineer, Head of Road and Tunnel Safety, Transport infrastructure Ireland

Harry Cullen has been with the NRA, now TII, since 1994, working initially as an Engineering Inspector in the Programme Division and laterally as Head of Road & Tunnel Safety.

Prior to that Harry spent 10 years working in road design in LA’s in Ireland, and 10 years working for Consultants, both in Ireland and abroad.

Harry is a qualified road safety auditor, past Chairman of both the CEDR TG Road Safety and the RSA Policy Advisory Panel, and a member of the working group that wrote the standards and regulations for the implementation of the EU RISM Directive in Ireland.

Thomas Connell, Senior Engineer, Infrastructure, Arup

Thomas Connell is a Senior Engineer with significant experience working on Design & Build, DBFO, PPP and Traditional Contracts both on behalf of the Client and as Contractor’s Designer. He has a wide range of experience spanning all stages of major projects including Planning, EIS, Oral Hearing, Tender Design, Detailed Design and Construction. He is currently managing Arup’s Vehicle Restraint Systems design commission with TII which established the need for a guideline document for VRS design on the legacy network.

Aidan Cleary, Associate Director, Arup

Aidan is an Associate Director and Transport Infrastructure Leader in Arup’s Dublin Office. He has a broad experience across Highways, Rail and Aviation projects in Ireland, the UK and Australia where he spent 7 years before returning to Ireland last year. Previously, Aidan has been involved in the delivery of safety barrier retrofitting projects on Irish national routes and has been involved in the development of the suite of TII VRS Standards.

Eoin Doyle, Chartered Engineer, Associate, Arup

Eoin Doyle is a Chartered Engineer and Associate with ARUP with over 11 years' experience across the Highway and Railway construction industries. He built up his early technical knowledge of highways as Designer's Site Representative for 2 major motorway schemes in Ireland totalling over 80km of new build motorway. More recently Eoin has worked closely with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) on a number of commissions, initially as Project Manager for the H&S Consultancy Services Framework and he is currently Project Coordinator for Arup's commission with TII for updating and developing their road design standards and specifications. He is based full time at TII's offices coordinating the updates to TII Publications, including the standards in relation to VRS.



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22 May 2019






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