Road asset management

ARRB has the capability to assist your organisation with effective management of your road and bridge assets.

Our unique road and bridge asset management services provide innovative customer focused solutions making it possible for your network manager to effectively manage the network to achieve best value.

ARRB has a wealth of experience in providing asset management solutions, highlighted by the scope of our clients which range from local government through to state-level, national and international organisations.

Technical and strategic research program

Asset Management research involves development of decision tools to assist road agencies. Key areas include assessment of the effects of incremental increases in axle group loads on the road network in terms of road condition and road agency costs, predicting dynamic wheel loading and its effects on the network and long-term pavement performance monitoring to develop consistent performance needs.

Reliable decision making

Maintenance and asset management strategies

ARRB can apply the latest cutting edge research knowledge and state-of-the-art technology to:

  • demonstrate strategic investment required at the network level
  • ensure optimum use of limited maintenance funds
  • demonstrate funding needs to meet road user and community driven service levels
  • selection, adaptation and training related to network decision support systems such as HDM-4 or dTIMS
  • use of our in-house analysis tools to develop strategic and annual maintenance plans
  • report the physical condition of your network in monetary terms via resource need or current asset value
  • benchmark your organisation’s existing asset management practice and develop an improvement action plan.
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Providing accurate & integrated information

Accurate information
ARRB can provide the technology to rapidly capture data and information that can be applied to effectively manage your network to ensure that optimum performance can be achieved from your road and bridge assets.

We can deliver relevant and quality data and information including:

  • pavement profile and roughness
  • rutting and surface texture
  • pavement strength characteristics
  • digital imaging of the road and surrounds
  • visual assessment of condition using given standards
  • road geometry
  • bridge condition
  • concrete performance and alkali-aggregate reaction (AAR)
  • footpath condition assessment
  • GPS location details.

We can also provide information on the following to integrate with the above:

  • traffic volumes
  • heavy vehicle volumes and axle weights
  • high speed weigh-in-motion
  • vertical and horizontal alignment
  • maintenance cost information.

Appropriate analysis
Having the right information is the first step in best practice infrastructure management. Analysing this information to optimise road and bridge expenditure is where the ARRB team can also assist.

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Examples of recent projects

  • Long term pavement performance and maintenance study for Austroads
  • Austroads Guide to Asset Management
  • Determining pavement performance KPIs for local roads in Cardinia and Mornington Shire Councils
  • Assessment of community expectations of levels of service for local government authorities in Australia
  • Pavement rehabilitation and safety strategy for national roads in Queensland for the Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Development and application of automated road condition monitoring equipment in Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan
  • A conceptual framework for operational asset management for Main Roads, Western Australia
  • Calibration of HDM-4 road deterioration and works effects models for Victoria and Tasmania, and application in strategic analyses
  • Cost benefit analysis of maintenance in Papua New Guinea
  • HDM-4 training and dissemination in the Asia Pacific region
  • Research on estimating the marginal cost of road wear on Australia’s sealed road network
  • Strategic planning, development and pilot implementation of a road infrastructure management
  • Development of annual and multi year work programs for ACT using dTIMS
  • The development of ROMAN II for Western Australia Local Government Authorities
  • Designing and implementing a pavement management system (PAMS) for RMS NSW using the Austroads road deterioration models on the dTIMS software platform
  • Development of a pavement management system for QTMR based on dTIMS, utilising the HDM-4 road deterioration models and TMR’s risk management approach
  • Implementing dTIMS based pavement management systems for local government in NSW and in Western Australia.
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Pavement performance

Pavement performance
Through our extensive knowledge of pavement performance prediction and the development of deterioration models, ARRB can assist with the analysis of:

  • pavement life cycle costs
  • ‘what if’ scenario analysis
  • network performance prediction and monitoring
  • project performance models
  • links to road user costs.

Data integration
When you have the right information, creating a system to make it efficiently accessible is critical.

We can assist with:

  • relational database management software
  • spatial data management
  • development of tailored software solutions.

For more information on ARRB's long term pavement performance research, please click here or visit http://www.arrb.com.au/ltpp/

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Pavement management systems

Pavement management is focussed on the optimisation of expenditure on the road pavement to meet budgetary requirements and user expectations. This requires a detailed knowledge of pavement behaviour throughout the pavement life-cycle.

In addition to our skills in pavement construction and design, and knowledge of pavement materials you can benefit from our extensive research and understanding of pavement deterioration processes (see ALF - the Accelerated Loading Facility), and our road asset data collection services.

Our expertise includes not only traditional asphalt pavements in urban environments but also low-cost unbound and spray seal pavements.

We can assist your organisation in the following pavement management areas:

  • implementation and development of pavement management systems (PMS)
  • pavement analysis and program development
  • implementation and application of HDM-4.

HDM-4

HDM-4 provides users with a comprehensive road investment analysis tool, and is now in use in both developing and developed countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Tanzania, to name but a few.

ARRB contributes to the development, dissemination and implementation of HDM-4 based solutions and provides a highly capable and integrated service to many customers including:

  • investigating the suitability of HDM-4 for your specific requirements development and;
  • implementation of HDM-4 in your organisation calibration of the models within HDM-4 to your local conditions training, workshops and technical support.

Our asset management staff work closely with international and national collaborating organisations. We can provide you with professional, unbiased advice backed up with our extensive research and practical experience with asset management systems.

Examples of recent projects in which ARRB has made major contributions include:

  • development of a HDM-4 based pavement management system for Federal roads in Malaysia
  • calibration of HDM-4 road deterioration and works effects models for use in Victoria
  • implementation of HDM-4 technology for maintenance planning in Tanzania
  • training and dissemination of HDM-4 in the Asia-Pacific region
  • development of a framework for the determination of road accident costs within HDM-4
  • hands-on-training and workshops in HDM-4 for system users, operators and managers.

Deighton’s Total Infrastructure Management System (dTIMS)

Deighton's Total Infrastructure Management Systems (dTIMS) is a unique asset management system offering unparalleled flexibility and open access to its users. The deterioration models can be selected or developed fitting best for the road managing agency. The open nature of the software allows access to the most intricate details if desired.

dTIMS allows utilising the latest research findings and developments illustrated by the practical implementation of the Austroads and local government road deterioration models and the pavement condition indexes based on the European COST 354 study. dTIMS is used in many countries for managing assets ranging from roads to water and waste water assets.
ARRB has an expert team for implementing and supporting dTIMS users.

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Additional services

Local Roads Solutions
All the activities that ARRB undertakes have a focus across the local roads sector. Over the last 40 years we have developed an unparalleled knowledge of the specific issues and factors influencing local road managers. We provide this knowledge to local roads practitioners in a variety of ways including:

  • local roads publications and guidelines
  • implementation of pavement management systems
  • road network management bureau service
  • road surveys and condition data collection
  • the Roughometer for unsealed roads data collection
  • the Road Safety Risk Manager software to improve road safety performance and help meet legal obligations
  • Local Roads Newsletter.

Road Management Bureau Service
Councils have many competing demands on their financial and human resources particularly at budgeting time.

ARRB Group provides a bureau service to collect and assess road asset data, manage data repositories and prepare strategic plans and work programs. This draws on ARRB's experience of local government road administration and specialist knowledge in the application of road management techniques. We can help you with:

  • consolidation of Council data
  • collection of road condition data
  • pavement engineering recommendations
  • development of strategic plans
  • development of preliminary works programs.

 

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Tools & freeware

ARRB Climatic Data Extraction Tool

Climatic conditions play a significant role in the performance of road infrastructure. Models which have been developed to describe road performance can benefit from accurate knowledge of climatic trends. Without access to complete historical data, the road infrastructure/climatic interaction cannot be fully understood. As climate information is collected at weather stations located sporadically around Australia it is often an arduous and time consuming process to match pavement sections with their equivalent climates.

Austroads project AT 1479 (Impact of climate change on road performance:updating climate information for Australia) involved the development of a tool to increase the ease of access to climate data, both historical and simulated future data. The Excel based climate tool is used to extract climate time series queries of GPS co-ordinates. The major purpose of this project was to give users a tool to provide access to the data they require for performance prediction.

The Austroads Research Report (Austroads publication number AP-R358/10) is available from the Austroads publications website www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au


If you would like a free copy of this tool, please contact info@arrb.com.au to arrange for a CD to be sent out to you

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