November 08, 2007 -- Yotta DCL Limited, the highway surveying specialists, has won a contract worth US$140,000 (£70,000) with Milton Keynes Council in the UK. The 2-year contract with an option to extend a further year provides the Council with automated surface condition surveys using Yotta DCL's leading-edge ARAN SCANNER vehicle and coarse and detailed visual inspections for a network totalling 1300km.
The Council operates a very successful PPP (Public Private Partnership) with HBS Business Services Ltd, a leading provider of support services to local government and private sector, which procures and manages Yotta DCL's specialist services on behalf of Milton Keynes Council. Yotta DCL's independent input helps to support the Council's compliance with new Best Value Performance Indicator (BVPI) requirements for maintenance and asset management programmes.
Yotta DCL performs SCANNER (Surface Condition Assessment for the National Network of Roads) surveys on all principal and non-principal classified roads using its innovative ARAN (Automatic Road Analyzer) scanning vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with an advanced surface laser scanner that captures profile data with its precise location.
Using the SCANNER data, Gary Morland, Assistant Engineer, for Asset Data Management, HBS, is able to calculate defect lengths in the Condition Bands and then apply relevant treatments. By applying treatments this way helps Milton Keynes Council understand what the total cost of repair is to the Highways network thus allowing them to target resources for treating the various defects including pothole repairs, surface treatments or complete resurfacing.
Milton Keynes has approximately 800km of unclassified roads that are subject to CVI surveys by Yotta DCL, working over 3 years to complete. As the total Category 1 and 2 footway length is relatively short - 27km - the company performs DVIs annually.
Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with over 220,000 residents, residential/ business expansion pushing the city outskirts as far as the M1, and tourism / visitors travelling in to use the many facilities to name a few. The area is therefore reliant on its network all year round.
"A well maintained highway network is crucial for Milton Keynes. Yotta DCL's survey expertise produces high-quality data that enable the Council to target treatment programmes to exactly where we need them. This helps us to manage our budgets, get the maintenance jobs done and meet performance indicators," says Gary Morland.
"We have a fantastic relationship with Yotta DCL. The team keeps me informed and works hard to meet our requirements. It is really important to get contractors to work with you in a balanced relationship, and I feel we achieve this with Yotta DCL," he concludes.
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