Data Collection Limited has won a contract worth 268,000 with Pembrokeshire County Council to create a new geo-referenced highway asset inventory for 2500km of highway throughout the County.
The project is part of Pembrokeshire's asset management strategy aimed to create comprehensive and up to date records of assets valued at an estimated 1.4 billion.
Data Collection's surveyors will be using GPS-equipped handheld computers with specially developed software to collect all asset data including pinpoint-accurate locations and measurements with supporting digital photographs where required. With assets including everything from carriageways to gulleys, verges, road studs and signs, the survey will be the most comprehensive ever undertaken in Wales.
Highway maintenance and management of the asset is seen as a high priority by Pembrokeshire. It is a rural region with many small and remote communities that are very reliant on the roads. The area is also a popular tourist destination and roads have to accommodate high traffic volumes in the peak holiday seasons.
The survey is due to be completed in October 2007 and the results will strongly support Pembrokeshire in the management of its highways. Armed with accurate and up to date information, highway engineers will have a complete picture of assets along every stretch of highway and will be able to improve maintenance scheduling, coordinate works, and boost efficiency of their maintenance operations.
"The County Council appreciates the need for a well maintained highway network. This comprehensive highway survey by Data Collection will in itself be a key asset allowing Pembrokeshire to boost efficiency and services through better information" says Rob Evans, Highways Asset Manager.
Photo detail: Rob Evans, Highways Asset Manager at Pembrokeshire County Council.