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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, DN-REQ-03034, DN-STR-03011 and CC-SPW-00400). 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 TII DN-REQ-03034 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
  • DN-REQ-03034 and DN-STR-03011: Introduction and Principles

Day 2

  • VRS Design in accordance with DN-REQ-03034 
  • Workshop Rowan O'Callaghan
  • Risk Assessments according to Ch 8 of DN-REQ-03034
  • Workshop
  • Retrofitting VRS to the legacy network
  • VRS Installation, TII CC-SPW-00400
  • 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 DN-REQ-03034. It is advised that attendees are familiar with DN-REQ-03034, 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

Geraldine Walsh, Senior Project Manager, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Geraldine graduated from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) in 1994 with a Civil Engineering Degree and Masters in Science followed by an MBA in 2004. She joined Transport Infrastructure Ireland in January 2006 from CRH and in her current role is responsible for the asset management strategy and delivering a portfolio of national operations and maintenance programmes on the national road network in excess of €50m. Within that role she works closely with all local Authorities in Ireland to ensure delivery and value for money. She is Immediate Past President and a Director and Fellow of the IAT, UK and Ireland and is also a member of an Asset management European Road Agency committee

Herbert Nyamakope, Chartered Engineer, Senior Engineer, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Herbert Nyamakope is a Chartered Engineer with over 17 years’ experience in roads related projects. He joined the National Roads Authority (predecessor of TII) in 2007 and worked on the planning and development of major roads projects before joining the Network Operations Department. In Network Operations he is a Network Inspector for the South East Region. Prior to joining the NRA, Herbert worked on major motorway projects as part of the Employer’s Rep team. These include the M8 Cashel to Mitchelstown, the M4 Kinnegad to McNeads Bridge and the N11 Glen of the Downs. Apart from the current role as Network Management Inspector, since 2012 he also has responsibility for vehicle restraint systems within TII. This includes development of standards, attending CEN committee meetings, asset management and always striving to improve the quality of design, installations and maintenance of vrs on the national road network and hence road safety.

Harry Cullen. B.E.,C.Eng. M.I.E.I. Road Safety Engineer. Roadplan Consulting

Harry Cullen was with the NRA, now TII, from 1994 to 2017, working initially as an Engineering Inspector in the Programme Division and laterally as Head of Road & Tunnel Safety. For the past two years Harry has been working with Roadplan Consulting, carrying out Road Safety Audits, Road Safety Inspections and the implementation of Road Safety Inspection recommendations. Prior to working with the NRA/TII, 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. Harry wrote the Forgiving Roadsides Guidance document, published by TII in 2013.

Alastair De Beer, Chartered Engineers, Head of Road Safety, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Alastair de Beer is a Head of Road Safety 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.

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, Technical Director, RPS Consulting Engineers

Rowan O’Callaghan is a Technical Director with RPS working in their Transportation Section.  He is a Chartered Engineer with over 19 years’ experience in the design and project management of transport projects and has worked in Ireland, the UK and Australia.  Since 2005 Rowan has been working closely with TII and Local Authorities across the country on network operations and asset management related projects.  He currently leads RPS’s nationwide VRS design services commission with TII across 20 Local Authority areas which involves both the provision of new VRS and the repair/replacement of existing VRS across the legacy national and regional road networks.  He has been involved in the ongoing development of Irish VRS design standards and specifications. Rowan is also a current member and former Secretary of the Irish Barrier Association.

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 totaling 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 as Project Coordinator for Arup's commission with TII for updating and developing their road design standards and specifications. He is the Arup Work Package leader for VRS under the Commission.



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22 May 2019






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