The Asset Information Group (AIG) at Highways England commissioned the DAM team to deliver a managed service to use the ‘Structures Asset Management Planning tool’ (the Structures Toolkit) to analyse over 6000 bridges and culverts to:
Understand the real maintenance needs and related budgets for structures maintenance so that a business case for appropriate funding can be put forward to the Government
Enable Regional teams to forecast works requirements on their structures over periods of 5 and 30 years.
Identify the optimal time for intervention using the right maintenance strategy resulting in savings over time.
DAM’s solution not only enabled HE to continue to support the delivery of its Road Investment Strategy (RIS) 2 business case, Life-cycle Asset Management Plans and the new Structures Condition Indicator, but also allows HE to monitor the performance of their structures stock and see how the structures stock has performed historically since the start of RIS1 and forecasts up to RIS 7.
I’m Sam, transport planner at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, in the UK. I work in Bristol, in a laid-back, young team that enjoys plenty of socials at the pub. My team is made up of a diverse bunch of people. We’re all passionate about what we do, and the end results show it. Our diversity means we bring different ideas and viewpoints to the table and this helps us come up with some amazing solutions.
HS2 commissioned the DAM team to develop a tool that supported analysis of the whole Life Cycle Cost of HS2. The tool was used in comparing early design phase options for various asset types, including structures. The DAM team developed a scenario-builder that incorporated initial construction cost and future Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs, such as inspection, maintenance and replacement of components.
The new code of practice for Well-managed Highway Infrastructure (WMHI), developed by the DAM team in 2016, is the reference document for Asset Management for Local and Highway Authorities in the UK. It is endorsed by DfT and used in conjunction with the Self-assessment questionnaire to assess how much funding DfT provides to Local Authorities for asset maintenance. Hence, it is important for LAs to comply with the CoP and show improvements in asset management maturity.