THROWING AWAY THE CRYSTAL BALL

This article describes the work of a management group coordinating the design of a comprehensive new pavement management system (pms). The group is a partnership between the Department of Transport (dtp) and local highway authorities, who have equal representation there. The group is now satisfied that the first stage of its work, the design study, has been successful, as it has demonstrated the feasibility of the advanced systems that was required. Thus the second stage can soon proceed; it will include: (1) practical testing of the pms; (2) proving the pms in action; (3) preparing the pms for the market. The group hopes that, in 1991 or 1992, the pms will be ready for marketing, giving highway engineers a sophisticated tool for making the most cost-effective decisions on how to maintain the British road network. It is estimated that the potential market for the pms is enormous and likely to be worldwide. One advantage that the new pms will have over existing systems will be its ability to apply life-cycle costing and economic judgment consistently across the whole range of highways. The aim is to provide a system that would enable a maintenance engineer to be given a range of options and information about their likely consequences, given that a fixed amount of money is available for renewal. After the pms is on the market, it is envisaged that there will be an overseeing group to handle the maintenance and development of the pms. (TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • Rose, M
    • Stansfield, J
  • Publication Date: 1988-9-15

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 14-15
  • Serial:
    • SURVEYOR
    • Volume: 170
    • Issue Number: 5012
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00499180
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM