Recommendations within the “Well Managed Highway Infrastructure” Code of Practice are now being widely adopted, with Authorities across the UK compiling detailed plans for all their key asset groups.
Until recently, road markings and road studs is one specific area where the principles of asset management have been less developed. Now, however many authorities are working with the WJ Group, to adopt an evidence-based approach for this vital road safety asset.
WJ has set out a new approach, with their new initiative RAMP (Roadmarking Asset Management Planning) to survey highway networks, provide clear and easy to understand condition data and analysis and work collaboratively with clients to arrive at the best evidence-based solution for their respective network. This will enable them to not only identify the condition of their asset but also to compile future programmes that are aligned and effectively utilise available budgets.
Significant investment has been made by the WJ Group in retroreflectometer technology to carry out surveys that will accurately determine the presence, and retro-reflectivity levels of road markings and road studs across highway networks.
By means of a single operated bespoke vehicle, WJ surveys are carried out at normal traffic speeds, minimising disruption and ensuring best practice in safety for the operator and other road users. The surveys can be carried out day or night due to the ambient light system within the hardware.
The survey process sees the surveyor simply aligning the vehicle close to the marking with the data being logged directly into the software database and provided to the customer in hard copy and on a USB memory stick upon completion.
The survey provides two specific reports, one in an excel spreadsheet format including GPS coordinates, the other within a colour coded RAG annotated Google map. At a glance, customers are able to see the percentage of a particular route that falls within each of the red, amber or green categories, with those within the red grouping requiring immediate attention. In addition, the survey vehicle provides a photographic or video record of the network surveyed giving engineers a very useful data library that can be utilised for wider asset management functions.
On publication of the survey data, experienced WJ staff are working with clients to analyse the results and discuss the most suitable method and timescale that will achieve the reduction or elimination of sites identified within the red category, whilst not exceeding any financial constraints.
Wayne Johnston WJ Group Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be working with Highways England, Transport Scotland and Local Highway Authorities to compliment the effective asset management of their respective networks”.
Mr Johnston continued “It is encouraging to see roadmarkings and road studs now being regarded as a key highway asset and to see their existing and ongoing condition being given this level of prominence. As always, we are fully committed to working collaboratively with all our customers and feel that our RAMP approach offers a real opportunity to enhance the performance and safety of the UK’s highway network”.
With an extensive product range, WJ has been able to introduce the most cost-effective, and sustainable roadmarking or road stud solutions available, thus complying fully with established lifecycle planning principles that offer increased value to the maintenance process.