However much Amsterdam strives to combine road works, it happens regularly that a recently built road has to be reopened because a third party needs to carry out works there. This is not only annoying for surrounding residents, users and visitors, but is also a waste of resources.
Roads deteriorate due to use and the compounding of their substrate; that is why they are replaced every 30 or 40 years as part of their management and maintenance cycle. Just like roads, cables and pipes, buildings (public and private) and quay walls have their own management and maintenance cycle. These cycles impact on each other and affect the quality of the associated activities.
Each year, the City decides which part of the road network is due for replacement. The relevant data are derived from schedules, administrative requirements, inspections, specialist research and on-site observations. The inspection is initially a visual scan and only provides an indication; all the components that appear inadequate must then be inspected in more detail. The visual inspections are labour-intensive and take a long time to complete.
We see all sorts of developments in the digital world that could help us in the task of management and maintenance. Various developments in digital data collection have occurred in recent years that could help make road management more integral and easier. Unfortunately, so far we still have not found a user-friendly tool offering user-friendly access to integral and up-to-date information, enabling us to organise road management with optimum coordination between all parties. Nor a tool that assures proper maintenance Amsterdam’s road network with minimum nuisance for users, and at lower costs.
Develop an innovative solution to improve (with the aid of data technology) the management of the city’s road network.
Extra background information
In practice, we encounter the following issues:
Further goals that we wish to achieve are:
Issued by: RVE Verkeer en Openbare Ruimte – Assets Verhardingen