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Interview Report 3
Author: Barry Atkinson
Subject: Mr. Ray Wales
Date: 27 August, 2002.
Location: 10 Lansdale Avenue, Dingley
Topic: Assignment: Expert System - Knowledge Extraction Interview No.2

PURPOSE:
Identify typical subjects for inspection. Using Portland-Nelson Rd as a comparison, identify
subjects of another recent inspection tour.
Identify any alternative phases of the process
Identify any alternative preconceptions arrived at pre-inspection
Identify categories of pre-inspection references
Identify general sources of local knowledge who might be consulted as part of the inspection
process
Main points of interview:
1. Comparison chosen:B500 Great Alpine Road (Wangaratta - Bairnsdale)
300kmlong (compare Portland-Nelson Rd 70km)
Extremely varying terrain (compare Portland-Nelson little variety)

2. Areas of interest in Great Alpine Road not mentioned in previous interviews.
Traffic volume, and consequences, due to large regional city (Wangaratta)
Mountainous terrain and prevalence of winding roads
Rapidly expanding tourist usage
Wide range of usage (slight, seasonal, heavy, year-round) on sections of the same road
Shadows a hazard (normal vision, aggravate bad road conditions)
Black ice (ice same colour as road surface) as a hazard
Very steep drop-off beside roadway

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Heavy pedestrian traffic on road in ski villages
Proposed development of resorts which impacts on road route
Airfield proposal - access to road
Steep inclines
Horseshoe bends
Summertime unrestricted cattle grazing around road
Seasonal traffic
Flood area on some sections of road
Fog as hazard (summer and winter)
Some sections subject to more local road spending than others
Length of road precludes continuous guard rail at dangerous areas - reliance on accident
reports for appropriate placement.
Advertised warnings of road conditions via public radio, TV
Bus, tourist coach traffic
Physical hazards (rocks) close to road side
Not constantly open (some sections subject to closure due to bad weather)
Tunnelling as an option in road building
3. Process phases
Regardless of road, inspections phases do not vary greatly, although road may be divided
into stages
4. Preconceptions
Each road involves varied pre-conceptions of terrain and usage
5. Pre-inspection references
Traffic volume survey. Usage range and variety. Historic (10 year) change in usage. Seasonal
and daily traffic volumes. Urban and tourist area separated.
Road Accident Survey (Police) Incidence, comparable areas. State average. Vehicles
involved. Accident type. Varied analysis available.
Previous reports by local shire - planning, engineering, land use
VicRoads regional office for district
Tourist authority - what attractions. Development plans

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6. Sources of local knowledge
Resort developers
Local motel operators
Local bus and transport businesses
Resort managers
Road maintenance staff of local shires
Bus drivers

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