IAVSD 25th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks


Accepted Presentations

Rail – Oral Presentations

Rail – Poster Presentations

Road – Oral Presentations

Road – Poster Presentations


Invited speakers will be internationally recognised experts in their field, promising delegates an exciting and challenging program.

IAVSD2017 State of the Art Papers

Simulation Methods supporting Homologation of Electronic Stability Control in Vehicle Variants

Dipl.-Ing. Albert Lutz
Prof. Bernhard Schick
Dr. Henning Holzmann
Dr. Michael Kochem
Dr. Harald Meyer-Tuve
Dr. Olaf Lange
Dr. Yiqin Mao
M.Sc. Guido Tosolin

Robert Bosch GmbH – Germany
University of Applied Sciences Kempten – Germany
Adam Opel AG – Germany
Adam Opel AG – AG – Germany
MAN Truck & Bus AG – Germany
Ford-Werke GmbH – Germany
Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH – Germany
Applus+ IDIADA – Spain

Simulation and Implementation of Long Train Dynamics

Prof. Colin Cole
Prof. Maksym Spiryagin
Dr. Qing Wu
Dr. Yan Quan Sun

Central Queensland University – Australia
Central Queensland University – Australia
Central Queensland University – Australia
Central Queensland University – Australia

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics of Trucks with the Perspective of Road Safety

Prof. Annika Stensson Trigell
Dr. Malte Rothhämel
Prof. Joop Pauwelussen
Ing. Karel Kural

Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden
Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden
HAN University of Applied Sciences – Netherlands
HAN University of Applied Sciences – Netherlands

NVH and Comfort in Road and Rail Vehicles

Prof. Mehdi Ahmadian

Virginia Tech – USA


The Symposium program will include:

  • Welcome Reception;
  • Five day technical programme;
  • Trade exhibition;
  • Technical tour; and
  • Symposium Dinner

Each day will start with an invited state-of-the-art paper and two plenary presentations. Oral and poster presentations in four parallel streams will present the latest findings of researchers from universities and industry around the world.

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Updated 8th August


In  order  to  increase  the  scientific  impact  of  the  25th  IAVSD  Symposium  papers,  the Proceedings  will  be  published  online  as an  e-book  on  the  Taylor  &  Francis CRCnetBASE  platform  after  the  symposium  and  will  be indexed  on  multiple  scientific databases including SCOPUS and ISI. Click here for further details.

Submitting Your Full Paper to IAVSD

Technical Tours

Technical tours will be scheduled on Wednesday 16 August 2017.

Technical Tour Road Group No1
Dobinsons Spring and Suspension, Rockhampton


Technical Tour Road Group No1 – Tour of Dobinsons Spring Works

About the Company:

Dobinsons Spring & Suspension™, established in 1953, is largely based on Leaf and Coil Spring Manufacturing and the supply of Suspension Components. With several generations of family ownership and experience, Dobinsons has become one of the leaders in the Spring Industry in Australia applying their years of knowledge into their products. The success of the business has come about by providing quality products, acquiring and using technical knowledge and having the equipment to perform and provide professional service.

The company manufactures and repairs a large range of springs and sells a comprehensive range of suspension components. They have over 13,000 spring specifications on hand and computerised spring design programs providing them with professional and accurate results.

For the past 25 years, they have been exporting their products to different parts of the world and their name has become synonymous with quality in these countries. The factory covers over 4000m², consisting of a leaf spring production line, a coil spring production line and two large stock holding warehouses. There are thousands of parts kept in stock, including Coil Springs, Leaf Springs, Torsion Bars, Shock Absorbers, Greasable Shackle Kits and Pins, U-Bolts, Polyurethane Bushes, Centre Bolts, Castor Wedges & 4×4 Accessories. It also includes a fully equipped service department dedicated to removing and replacing all types of suspension componentry on passenger vehicles, 4×4 vehicles and trucks.

PPE requirementsCotton clothes
Long sleeve shirts
Long Trousers
Enclosed Shoes
Safety glasses (Supplied by CQUniversity)
TransportHired bus
Departure from CQUniversity01-15 pm
Arrival at Tour Venue01-30 pm
Tour Details
  1. Introductory session in Seminar Room and Safety Induction
  2. Walk through Warehouse and Spring Manufacturing Areas
Departure from Tour Venue03-30 pm
Return Arrival at Hotel  Area (Victoria Parade, Rockhampton)04-00 pm


Technical Tour Road Group No2
Hastings Deering, Rockhampton


Technical Tour Road Group No2 – Tour of Hastings Deering Maintenance Facility

About the Company:

Hastings Deering is the market leader in construction and mining equipment, having exclusive distribution rights for the sale and rental of Caterpillar heavy equipment, parts and service support in Queensland, the Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and Solomon Islands. Employing approximately 3,000 people, Hastings Deering operates through a network of 23 business centres with Rockhampton a key centre of excellence for engine rebuild work.

At Hastings Deering, we are driven by the aspiration that our customers will choose us time and time again because we are the best at delivering the solutions that they want – we genuinely understand their needs. With second to none parts and service coverage and a significant investment in facilities and factory trained technicians – all of this is focused on helping your business succeed.

Whether seeking solutions that involve equipment in the mining, construction, forestry, agricultural, transport, materials handling or government sectors, as a Caterpillar dealer with one of the broadest suites of equipment and associated technology solutions, Hastings Deering has what it takes to keep your operation running all day every day, wherever you are.

PPE requirementsCotton clothes
Long sleeve shirts
Long Trousers
Enclosed Shoes
Safety glasses (Supplied by CQUniversity)
Sun Hat
TransportHired bus
Departure from CQUniversity01-10 pm
Arrival at Tour Venue01-30 pm
Tour Details
  1. Introductory session in Seminar Room and Safety Induction
  2. Walk through the Maintenance and Engine Testing Areas
  3. Walk through yard, inspection of Large Haul Trucks
Departure from Tour Venue03-30 pm
Return Arrival at Hotel  Area (Victoria Parade, Rockhampton)04-00 pm


Technical Tour Rail Group No1
Aurizon Callemondah Maintenance Facility, Gladstone



Technical Tour Rail Group No1 – Tour of Callemondah Maintenance Facility and Gladstone Port Area


About the Company:

Aurizon is Australias largest rail freight operator. Each year, the Company transports more than 250 million tonnes of Australian commodities, connecting miners, primary producers, and industry with international and domestic markets. It provides customers with integrated freight and logistics solutions across an extensive national rail and road network, traversing Australia.

The Company also owns and operates one of the world’s largest coal rail networks, linking approximately 50 mines with three major ports in Queensland.

PPE requirementsCotton clothes
Long sleeve shirts
Long Trousers
Enclosed Shoes
Safety glasses (Supplied by CQUniversity)
Reflective Vests (Supplied by CQUniversity)
Sun hat
TransportHired bus
Departure from CQUniversity01-00 pm
Arrival at Tour Venue03-00 pm
Lunch12-30 pm – 01-30 pm
Arrival at Tour Venue01-45 pm
Tour Details
  1. Introductory session in Seminar Room and Safety Induction
  2. Walk through the Locomotive Maintenance Facility
  3. Drive along access road in Callemondah Yard on departure to observe parked coal trains
Departure from Tour Venue04-30 pm
Return Arrival at Hotel  Area (Victoria Parade, Rockhampton)06-30 pm


Technical Tour Rail Group No2
Blackwater Coal Network Tour
Technical Tour Rail Group No2 – Tour of Blackwater Coal Network

The tour will take in the sites of train operations on the Blackwater Coal Network. The network is owned by Aurizon – Australia’s largest rail freight operator and a top 50 ASX company.

The network is operated by several rollingstock owners with Aurizon and Pacific National operating on the Blackwater line.

PPE requirementsCotton clothes
Long sleeve shirts
Long Trousers
Enclosed Shoes
Sun Hat
TransportHired bus
Departure from CQUniversity01-00 pm
Arrival at Blackwater03-30 pm
Local Tour Venue03-30 pm – 05-00 pm
Tour DetailsIt’s a “Stay on the Bus Tour”.

  1. Observation of operating trains on the network
  2. Drive past Boonal Coal Loadout Facility
  3. Australian Coal Mining Museum (at Blackwater)
  4. Visit another Blackwater Mine location
Departure from Tour Venue05-00 pm
Return Arrival at Hotel  Area (Victoria Parade, Rockhampton)07-30 pm

Social Program

Welcome Reception sponsored by ACRI

Date:Monday 14 August 2017
Time:7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue:Great Western Hotel
39 Stanley Street, Rockhampton
Cost:Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets:$77 per person


A Welcome Reception will take place at the conclusion of the first day of the Symposium. The function will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues, renew past acquaintances and make new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.

A bus will transport delegates from the Symposium venue to the function venue, and will return to the main Symposium hotels.

Symposium Dinner

Date:Thursday 17 August 2017
Time:7.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue:Rockhampton Leagues Club
Cost:Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets:$120 per person

This evening is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with other Symposium delegates, whilst being entertained, wined and dined – a night not to be missed!

Accompanying Partners Program

We encourage partners to participate in this specially planned itinerary of activities that will allow you the opportunity to explore Rockhampton and its surrounds.  Tours can be purchased individually or as a package as outlined below:

  • Tour Only Package $230 AUD , includes the planned daily tour from Monday – Thursday
  • Accompanying Partners Registration $425, includes the planned daily tour Monday – Thursday and the evening social activities of the Welcome Dinner and Symposium Dinner.

Monday 14 August 2017

DescriptionDeparture LocationTimeCost
Welcome to RockhamptonEmpire Apartments09:30 – 1500Complimentary

japanesegardensPartners are invited to join us on this complimentary tour of the IAVSD host city Rockhampton.  You will be taken on a tour of the city’s charming historical architecture that have captured the hearts of visitors for many decades. Founded in 1853, the city is home to heritage post offices, historic streetscapes, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes.

From here we will head to the 130 year old heritage listed Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and time at our own leisure to take a walk through the gardens, which are regarded as one of the best provincial gardens in Australia. Enjoy a stroll around the Japanese Gardens and or a bite to eat (at own cost) at the café located under ancient fig trees. botanicgardensThe gardens are also home to the Rockhampton Zoo where you can get up close with a range of animals.

Once we depart the gardens, we head onto Gracemere which handles the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland, and is the largest stud-selling venue in the Southern Hemisphere and travel back past Paradise Lagoons and wetlands to enjoy lunch at own expense in the town.

Following lunch we will take a drive to Mount Archer National Park with its spectacular range of native plants and wildflowers. The mountain itself is 604 metres above sea level and offers glorious views of Rockhampton and the coast.  Returning to Rockhampton via other local landmarks by 3pm, in time to allow for rest and freshening up for the Welcome Dinner this evening at the Great Western Hotel.


Welcome DinnerGreat Western Hotel, coach transfers will be provided 19:00 – 21:00$77 per person

The Great Western Hotel is an iconic landmark and venue in Rockhampton and guests will be welcomed to a good old fashioned Australian Barbecue. Guests can enjoy Australian hospitality under the shed and watch a live bull ride.

rodeo steakhouse

Tuesday 15 August 2017

DescriptionDeparture LocationTimeCost
Koorana Crocodile Farm and lunchEmpire Apartments09:30 – 13:30$85 per person  includes farm entry and lunch

babycrocodilesKoorana Crocodile Farm is a commercially operated crocodile farm and restaurant located half an hour drive from Rockhampton.  Guests will enjoy a fully guided tour of the farm with an opportunity to touch and hold a specially trained crocodile.  Lunch will be served in the restaurant and offers crocodile meat dishes as well as standard meals. Crocodile skin and crocodile leather products are available to purchase including wallets, belts and clothing. Most crocodile leather accessories are Australian made and are sold at farm gate prices with Cites permits for export.


Wednesday 16 August 2017

DescriptionDeparture LocationTimeCost
Coastal Tour and lunchEmpire Apartments09:30 – 16:00$75 per person including lunch


traditionalceramicsToday guests will be taken on a coastal tour as we make our way to Yeppoon on the coast.  Along the way we will stop in at Nob Creek Pottery, a working studio producing fine traditional ceramics set on 10 hectares in the heart of the Byfield Forest.  Visitors will have the chance to meet the potters, see the workshop and explore the extensive galleries.

singingshipsculptureContinuing on we will make our way to the township of Yeppoon.  This welcoming seaside town offers a picturesque esplanade with its backdrop of offshore islands, sparkling azure sea and clear blue skies and soak up the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. We will enjoy lunch overlooking the water at one of the beautiful cafes and then partners will have free time to explore the selection of boutiques and gift stores on the esplanade.

As we make our way back to Rockhampton along the coastal roads we will stop by Emu Park, a peaceful coastal village and view the famous Singing Ship sculpture.  Set against a spectacular coastal vista, the majestic monument commemorates the area’s legacy of the historical explorations of Captain James Cook.

Thursday 17 August 2017

DescriptionDeparture LocationTimeCost
Capricorn Cave and Dreamtime Cultural CentreEmpire Apartments08:30 – 13:00$80 per person
includes entry fees to the Caves and Dreamtime Cultural Centre


Just 23km north of Rockhampton, the Capricorn Caves are the state’s oldest tourist attraction and display incredible above ground limestone caves formed from an ancient coral reef over 400 million years ago.

The Cathedral Cave Tour showcases one of the most spectacular caves, and the walk will leave you with lasting memories of ancient geological history, early explorers, the wonders of wildlife and special cave acoustics.

Leaving the caves through the Zig Zag passage and suspension bridge, you finish with a sense of adventure. All caves are well lit and Cathedral Cave is wheelchair accessible.

We will then travel onto the Dreamtime Cultural Centre for a guided tour which includes:

Didgeridoo – the Didgeridoo player performs in an enclosed cave area. As well as being entertaining, this tour will also be very informative as the guide will explain the various techniques of making and changing the sound of the didgeridoo.

Torres Straight Islander Village – the Torres Straight Islanders have a unique culture of their own. The informed tour guide explains the Islanders traditional lifestyle and beliefs. During the tour of the Torres Straight Islander Village, the tour guide takes the visitors through a giant Dugong complex which displays artefacts and building materials of the Torres Straight Islander People.


Djarn Djarn Dancers – translated into Aboriginal means ‘mens dance group’ is Dreamtime own traditional dance group. The group performs during the school holiday period and at requested times. (conditions apply)

boomerangBoomerang – a well skilled guide will show you the finer art of throwing the returning boomerang. The guide then provides the tourist a chance to show their wares.

Symposium DinnerRockhampton Leagues Club, coach transfers will be provided 19:00 – 23:00$120 per person

Enjoy the final evening of the Symposium amongst delegates and fellow partners as we celebrate the IAVSD 2017 Symposium and reflect on our time in Rockhampton.