Last Night the EU Saved My Life: ETSC launches new campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has launched a new social media campaign in support of future EU vehicle safety standards. In May this year the European Commission announced a significant proposal to upgrade mandatory vehicle safety standards for all new cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in the EU. The combination of new standards and technologies could save 25,000 lives in the EU between 2022 and 2037 according to an official study. Minimum EU safety standards for new vehicles have gone largely unchanged since 2009. In particular the campaign emphasizes the importance of safer car and lorry fronts and the life-saving potential...
Agencies collaborate to focus on road safety
Central government and private industry, including WDM® USA, have joined forces in a world-first investigation to assess braking distances on our unique chipseal roads. The NZ Transport Agency project, which was carried out by WSP Opus and supported by the New Zealand Police and Upper Hutt City Council, sought to identify whether bitumen tracking that occurs during warm summer months is a safety issue. Peter Cenek, WSP Opus Project Director, says that when the bitumen binder becomes soft when temperatures are high, it adheres to vehicle tyres and is spread along the road, resulting in the wheelpaths becoming...
HIGH FRICTION SURFACING SCRIM® PERFORMANCE - MARK STEPHENSON (WDM®)
Mark Stephenson, Head of Consultancy Services at WDM®, gave delegates at the Road Surface Treatment Association seminar an insight into the research carried out on the effectiveness of high friction surfacing. WDM® have measured the in-service sideway force coefficient, or wet skidding resistance of HFS, across the UK and expanding to the US. The data collected supports the view that HFS provides the best long-term solution for achieving the necessary SCRIM® road survey machine values across the network particularly where a SCRIM® value above 0.5 is required i.e. on approaches to crossings, junctions and roundabouts. Watch...
Building for the Future & Saving lives
The opportunity to help make American roads safer for her family and friends was the key incentive for Ryland Potter to join highway asset management specialists, WDM USA. W.D.M. Limited, the UK’s leading manufacturer of road surveying equipment, has appointed Ryland Potter as Director of Business Development for a newly-formed US subsidiary, WDM USA. Ryland spent the previous five years as a Managing Director with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, encouraging new companies to invest in the state. She played an instrumental part in persuading WDM® to set up its US subsidiary in Virginia. "Right...
The American Dream!
WDM USA Limited will offer continuous surface friction measurement survey services to American highway authorities from 2019, to help deliver safer roads and save lives. The new US Company has been set up by W.D.M. Limited, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of road survey equipment and foremost provider of road survey services. One of the Company’s SCRIM® road survey vehicles has already been operating successfully in the US for the past three years as part of trials of continuous friction measurement by the Federal Highways Administration. The machine, which was especially built on...
THE COMPLETE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
WDM USA offers the complete highway asset management solution and has built and successfully tested the first SCRIM road survey machine for use in the United States. This has been trialled in five states by Virginia Tech and rated “exceptional” in quality by the US Federal Highways Administration.
The Company is committed to helping improve road safety and saving lives and will operate its own road survey machine in the US from 2019.
WDM USA’s parent company, W.D.M. Limited, is a leading manufacturer and provider of highway condition surveying and monitoring equipment, with a unique understanding of highway maintenance and road asset management, supported by unrivalled experience and technical expertise.
SCRIM® celebrates 50th anniversary
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SCRIM® road survey vehicle, we shared a SCRIM fact each week during 2017.
Fact #52: In 1990 WDM® was the first to have traffic management employed when SCRIM® measured surface friction of roads in Singapore. Police outriders stopped traffic at junctions to allow the survey to continue without interruption.
WDM® operates a fleet of survey vehicles to provide safe, reliable and cost effective assessment of road conditions.
WDM® systems link road condition data with accidents, structures, customer services, inventory, road maintenance and other data.
Equipment and Manufacturing
WDM® expertise is widely recognised in the field of pavement, road and highway survey equipment design.
The WDM® consultancy service was developed to help clients maximize the use of survey data.