London borough uses latest highways management software


The London borough of Haringey is using a new visualized asset management software platform to help target and prioritize £25m (US$38.3m) of spending to improve the pavements and roads under its control. Yotta’s Horizons software was selected following a rigorous evaluation process, which included consultation with existing users of the system in London and other parts of the UK. The platform is now being used to model different scenarios and present the long term effects of alternative maintenance programs for Haringey. The council’s transportation and highways team will use Horizons to determine the most effective way to invest in carriageway and footway maintenance schemes. Using the visualized Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) asset management platform, members of the team can model the effect and outcome of different types of treatments, presenting alternative scenarios based on investment levels, timings and the condition and local characteristics of each and every part of the road network.

“It was essential that we ensured any money spent, was spent well; realizing tangible, long term improvements in the highway network,” explained Peter Boddy, group manager for transport policy and projects at Haringey Council. “Using Horizons we can evaluate and consider all options and select the best possible course of action based on robust evidence. It also allows us to present different scenarios to elected officials, so we can demonstrate the long term effects of alternative maintenance programs across the entire road network.”

The council will be using the latest 2.6 version of Horizons that was released earlier this year. The new upgrade to the cloud-based system provides an enhanced user experience, with improved visualization, and also offers improved transparency, with upgraded reporting providing clear and auditable work trails. Users can now directly link documents and images in Horizons, improving access to detailed information about a specific asset through the use of photographs, drawings and plans. A new interface allows for integration of Horizons with other systems, such as works management software, to bring in live data for users. A cross-platform mobile app has also been developed in conjunction with the interface to provide the facility to upload and tag images. Widely used across the UK, Horizons has been available in the USA since mid-2014.

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