Geotechnical Asset Management: A Case Study of Practice in the Highways Agency

Gestion des elements geotechniques-Etude de cas sur les pratiques de la direction britannique des routes

In England, the geotechnical asset of the Highways Agency (HA) comprises, on over 7,400 km of motorways and trunk roads, an estimated 14,700 linear km of earthworks. The geotechnical asset supports landscaping (soft estate), communications, drainage, and highway structures, as well as road pavement. With an approximately £10 billion value, 14 managing agents/managing agent contractors (MAS) maintain it for the HA, with each MA responsible for a section of the overall strategic road network. The authors discuss the current and maturing geotechnical asset management approach as implemented by the English HA and their MAS and defined in current standards. PAS 55 ("Specification for the Optimized Management of Physical Infrastructure Assets") is discussed. PAS 55 distinguishes between physical and other types of assets, considers asset interrelation, and provides a framework when considering the components and procedures of a particular asset management system. In addition, elements of all asset management process levels, from risk assessment, information management systems, performance targets, continual improvement, policy, to strategy are linked together in PAS 55. Asset management policy and strategy, data management systems, asset management procedures, asset data analysis, performance management, and geotechnical performance indicators are all examined.

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  • Authors:
    • Patterson, David
    • Rudrum, Mark
    • Dew, Catherine
  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English
  • French

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  • Accession Number: 01055387
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2007 1:01PM