Benchmark studies on European level make only sense if there is an agreement on common definitions related e.g. to road maintenance and operation activities
On the basis of the work undertaken in SP2 within the project BEXPRAC (Benchmark of Expenditures and Practices of maintenance and operation), the GB decided that the work undertaken within BEXPRAC shall be deepened according to a proposal elaborated by the former BEXPRAC members in May 2011.
The fundamental idea behind the proposal is that benchmark studies on European level make only sense if there is an agreement on common definitions related e.g. to road maintenance and operation activities, levels of service, calculation of expenses, condition of roadways and structures, intervention levels, etc.(e.g. more performance based than activity or process based and looking to corridors).
According to this proposal, the Task 3 of SP2 was re-orientated in form and content with a small set of participating countries and a strong focus on LCC as first step to Asset Management.
The TG has reviewed the state of NRAs with respect to Asset Management and has realized that there is a wide discrepancy in the level of implementation of an Asset Management approach among them.
Furthermore, the TG has identified in the Life Cycle Cost approach the first element to set up in order to build a comprehensive Asset Management scheme. In the light of the above, during 2012 a consultancy has been achieved by the Task Group.
The aim of the task group is to continue the work started in mid-2011:
To use the results of the activities performed under SP2 in order to analyse how the life cycle costs are defined, how they are reflected in the accounting system, and how they are allocated to the various stretches of the road network (performance based);
To analyse the data collected in order to recommend a set of common definitions, language and a common core system, based on a risk based approach, framed in a comprehensive and enlarged “Best practice guide”;
To identify the necessary step to set up an LCC integrated system for CEDR NRAs and to widen the LCC system into a comprehensive Asset Management system;
To prepare a best practice guide for the implementation of an Asset Management system for road authorities, able to provide both theoretical and practical tools to improve the quality and efficiency of road infrastructure through the effective management of assets in accordance with risk analysis, user expectations and government requirements;
To follow the process of development and introduction of the ISO 55000 Asset Management System Standard and discuss the option for CEDR members and, if necessarily, steering into the right direction;
To assess the option of launching a new international study like BEXPRAC, based on performance management, i.e. study based on an homogeneous comparison between CEDR member countries;
To liaise with other experts’ groups involved in similar tasks within international organizations.