BUiD Student’s Research Examines the Lighting Quality and its Impact on Car Accidents at Night in the UAE

Monday, April 2, 2018

Eng. Aisha Al Shehhi, BUiD’s MSc. Sustainable Design of the Built Environment student, presented her Master’s Dissertation, Priority Index Development for Implementing (LED) Street Lighting System in UAE Federal Roadways, at the Global Infrastructure Conference, which was organised by the Ministry of Infra Structure Development on 2-3 April 2018.

Eng. Aisha’s research examined lighting quality and its impact on car accidents at night by exploring the effects of lighting properties such as boom angle, pole height, number of luminaries, and pole arrangements.

The case study subjects for research and analysis were selected based on a group of factors and were examined by using quantitative methods to enable the researcher to rank roadway improvements from most to least important. These improvements included changing the lighting systems on roadways from High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) to Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). A conclusion reached by studying lighting measurements and comparing them to British standards applied in infrastructure construction while considering economic and energy consumption factors. The research concluded with the optimum scenario for each proposed parameter and an advanced optimum model created after collecting all optimum scenarios of all phases.

This research is aligned with the objectives of the UAE in reducing accidents on the network of federal roads associated with the level of lighting at night.

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