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Project identification and Prioritization

Implementing an effective Highway Asset Management Strategy relies on robust systems for project identification and assessment. Increasingly highway authorities need to demonstrate that they are achieving value for money from the projects they carry out. The WDM® Consultancy team has extensive experience of working with highway authorities in developing and improving project identification.

Often authorities have SCANNER, SCRIM® and Deflectograph data, visual condition data and other data sources that are used as part of project identification. Developing a prioritized list that considers all available data can be a complex task. WDM® has developed tools and techniques to help authorities in developing project lists.

Project identification can either be undertaken using visual identification of potential projects, or using an automated process through WDM® Project Manager Software. The WDM® Consultancy team assists authorities in identifying the best methodology for any authority.

For both methods the process is similar and is illustrated below.

Project identification process

A key element of the WDM® consultancy approach is the analysis of data to assist an authority to identify projects that meet specific policy objectives, for example to achieve the best effect on the National Indicators, the most effective projects using weightings for different criteria, or the most cost effective projects.

The projects can be identified using mapping tools, or as project listings as illustrated.

Individual project summary

Typical project plan

Summary of proposed works

Project identification and prioritization can be adapted to suit any authority’s specific requirements.

The WDM® Consultancy team has undertaken a number of projects using condition data including:

  • Assessment of utility reinstatement work
  • Predicting roads likely to experience category 1 defects
  • Developing weighting sets for Unclassified roads
  • Review of the performance of aggregates in terms of SCRIM

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