Asset management

Cover of Application of New Technologies to Improve Risk Management
Application of New Technologies to Improve Risk Management
  • Publication no: AP-T268-14
  • ISBN: 978-1-925037-76-0
  • Published: 10 July 2014

Austroads project AT1539 developed guidance for the use of new technologies that can improve the efficiency of road asset managers. This report is the second stage of the project and it assesses eleven new technologies that can be potentially useful for road asset managers.

Each technology is described in terms of its concepts, physical principles, potential use in asset management and any limitations, case examples and, for level 1 and 2 priority technologies, standards and insights on the costs of the technology. The technologies are mapped to different asset management aspects. This mapping shows the type of data that is collected, which information is obtained and for which asset management aspect this information is used.

Additionally, conclusions are drawn on how to deploy each technology based on the potential use in asset management, market readiness, the quality of the provided data and the costs and business case considerations. In particular, LiDAR technology was assessed to have a significant potential for road asset management. Potential applications and issues have been discussed in dialogue between road agencies and LiDAR industry stakeholders. This resulted in a separate discussion paper describing best practice for mobile LiDAR survey requirements.

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. New Technologies for Asset Management
    • 2.1. Asset Management Processes
    • 2.2. Impacts by New Technologies
  • 3. Top Priority Technologies
    • 3.1. 3D Imaging of Road Assets (e.g. LiDAR)
      • 3.1.1. Introduction
      • 3.1.2. Description of the Technology
      • 3.1.3. Physical Principles
      • 3.1.4. Use and Limitations
      • 3.1.5. Standards
      • 3.1.6. Cost of the Technology
      • 3.1.7. Case Examples
    • 3.2. Asset Management Database and Planning Software
      • 3.2.1. Introduction
      • 3.2.2. Description of the Technology
      • 3.2.3. Data Management Principles
      • 3.2.4. Use and Limitations
      • 3.2.5. Costs
      • 3.2.6. Case Examples
    • 3.3. Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) for Condition Monitoring
      • 3.3.1. Introduction
      • 3.3.2. Description of the Technology
      • 3.3.3. Physical Principles
      • 3.3.4. Use and Limitations
      • 3.3.5. Standards
      • 3.3.6. Cost of the Technology
      • 3.3.7. Case Examples
  • 4. Level 2 Priority Technologies
    • 4.1. Automatic Detection of Overweight Vehicles
      • 4.1.1. Introduction
      • 4.1.2. Description of the Technology
      • 4.1.3. Physical Principles
      • 4.1.4. Use and Limitations
      • 4.1.5. Standards and Best Practice
      • 4.1.6. Cost of the Technology
      • 4.1.7. Case Examples
    • 4.2. On-board Mass Monitoring
      • 4.2.1. Introduction
      • 4.2.2. Description of the Technology
      • 4.2.3. Physical Principles
      • 4.2.4. Use and Limitations
      • 4.2.5. Standards/Best Practice
      • 4.2.6. Cost of the Technology
      • 4.2.7. Case Example
    • 4.3. Non-destructive Evaluation
      • 4.3.1. Introduction
      • 4.3.2. Description of the Technology
      • 4.3.3. Physical Principles
      • 4.3.4. Use and Limitations
      • 4.3.5. Standards/Best Practice
      • 4.3.6. Cost of the Technology
      • 4.3.7. Case Examples
  • 5. Level 3 Priority Technologies
    • 5.1. Slope Monitoring Technology
      • 5.1.1. Description of the Technology
      • 5.1.2. Use and Limitations
      • 5.1.3. Case Examples
    • 5.2. Ground Penetrating Radar
      • 5.2.1. Description of the Technology
      • 5.2.2. Use and Limitations
      • 5.2.3. Case Examples
    • 5.3. Origin-destination Data Collection and Travel Time Estimation
      • 5.3.1. Description of the Technology
      • 5.3.2. Use and Limitations
      • 5.3.3. Case Examples
    • 5.4. Smart Work Zone
      • 5.4.1. Description of the Technology
      • 5.4.2. Use and Limitations
      • 5.4.3. Case Examples
    • 5.5. Roadwork Scheduling Software
      • 5.5.1. Description of the Technology
      • 5.5.2. Use and Limitations
      • 5.5.3. Case Example
  • 6. Discussion and Conclusions
    • 6.1. Findings
      • 6.1.1. 3D Imaging
      • 6.1.2. Wireless Sensor Networks
      • 6.1.3. Databases and Planning Software
      • 6.1.4. Non-destructive Evaluation Technologies for Structures
      • 6.1.5. Automatic Detection of Overweight Vehicles
      • 6.1.6. On-board Mass Monitoring
      • 6.1.7. Findings on Level 3 Priority Technologies
    • 6.2. Discussion
      • 6.2.1. Potential Use in Asset Management
      • 6.2.2. Market Readiness and Current Limitations
      • 6.2.3. Quality of the Data
      • 6.2.4. Costs and Business Case
    • 6.3. Conclusions
      • 6.3.1. 3D Imaging
      • 6.3.2. Wireless Sensor Networks
      • 6.3.3. Database and Planning Software
      • 6.3.4. Non-destructive Evaluation Technologies for Structures
      • 6.3.5. Automatic Detection of Overweight Vehicles
      • 6.3.6. On-board Mass Monitoring
      • 6.3.7. Conclusions on Level 3 Priority Technologies
    • 6.4. Links to Austroads Guides
  • References