FAQs

How can I access AustPADS?

AustPADS is provided for the use of Austroads member agencies and trained pavement engineers. To apply for access return to the home page https://austpads.austroads.com.au/ and click on the link at the bottom of the login box. Apply using your work email, a generic email will not be accepted. If you are considering conducting training using AustPADS please contact austpads@austroads.com.au and supply information about who is conducting the training, when and where the course will be held, when the software is likely to be accessed and how many participants you are expecting. Each of your students will need to apply for access. From 1 January 2021 training organisations will be charged for access to ensure the computational power of the system meets the needs of the training.

How much does it cost?

There is currently no charge for using AustPADS. From 1 January 2021 training organisations will be charged for access to ensure the computational power of the system meets the needs of the training. Please contact austpads@austroads.com.au and supply information about who is conducting the training, when and where the course will be held, when the software is likely to be accessed and how many participants you are expecting. Each of your students will need to apply for access.

What is AustPADS and APADS?

AustPADS is an online interface that uses the APADS finite element method analysis engine to conduct road pavement response-to-load analyses. Analyses are conducted on a server. APADS is a finite element methods based analysis engine that was developed by ARRB Group on behalf of Austroads. APADS is based upon a model and software developed by Dr Markus Oeser. AustPADS uses the APADS analysis engine to analyse road pavement structures.

Is there any documentation for AustPADS?

The AustPADS interface has been designed to be intuitive to experienced pavement designers. A step-by-step user manual describing the site and an online tutorial can be found under the Resources menu after logging in.

Are any additional features planned?

It is anticipated that additional features will be added to the AustPADS interface. The priority order in which future features will be incorporated will be determined by the Austroads Pavements Task Force and will be incorporated at such time that resources permit.

Can default presumptive values for material parameters be stored in AustPADS?

Yes, although the actual parameters that are stored for many materials are currently limited.

Can the same account be accessed by different people?

Two users cannot use the same code to access the server at the same time, but can access the server at different times. Files are stored relative to the user code and will be retained between sessions.

Can I use AustPADS to design rigid pavements?

AustPADS is not applicable for designing rigid pavements.

Can AustPADS be used for the design of composite pavements?

AustPADS could be used to design a pavement configuration consisting of a lean mix or roller compacted concrete subbase layer with thick layers of asphalt as the base layer. For further information refer to the Roads and Maritime Services Part 2 Supplement. http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/partners-suppliers/aus-roads-guides/pavement-tech.html

Can I use this software for thin asphalt overlays over granular pavements?

No.

How do I get help?

A step-by-step user manual describing the site and an online tutorial can be found under the Resources menu after logging in. If you still need assistance after referring to the user manual and tutorial please contact your local road agency. Austroads can provide limited assistance by emailing austpads@austroads.com.au.