Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Austroads has published new guidelines to help network operations planning staff develop a Concept of Operations (ConOps), a best practice resource.
Having well planned and implemented processes in place to operate the road network is a priority for government and network operations planning is a fundamental reason why road authorities exist.
Network operations planning has come a long way in a relatively short time and is now an integral part of operating the road network in many jurisdictions. As confidence has grown in the process, several cities throughout Australia and New Zealand are using it to assess network changes and understand the benefits from proposed investments.
While network operations planning is growing, there is a perceived disconnect between those who work at the strategic end of the process and those involved in the tactical or operational day-to-day end. Roles and responsibilities are not always clear and defined, feedback loops not always transparent, and stakeholders seem to have relatively low visibility of what goes on at each end of the process and the respective challenges faced by those people who operate the road network.
A ConOps would bridge the gap and provide a best practice resource for all those involved in network operations planning.
A ConOps document describes, in easily understood language, the characteristics of each part of the network operations planning process from the perspective of those people involved. It considers the key stakeholders associated with the road system including those who operate, use, influence, or are affected by it.
The guidelines set out the high level intension of the ConOps and explain how it enables key transport policy and guidance to be translated into the network operations planning process.
The report also describes the principles that should be considered in developing a ConOps and outlines the status of network operations planning in New Zealand and Australia.
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