Colas deploys asset management tool to boost Birmingham highway safety

Civil engineering contractor, Colas, has announced it is rolling out a digital preventive road asset management tool as part of its motorway maintenance and response contract for Area 9 with National Highways.

The service uses traditional road monitoring methods and enhances them with digital technology to identify potentially hazardous zones based on onboard driving data, the company said. After analysing the data, teams at Colas make recommendations to the infrastructure managers on how to improve potentially hazardous zones.

The tool, known as Anais, will be up and running as of June and will be used on the entire network covered by the multi-year contract – 3,760 km of motorways and trunk roads around Birmingham.

Fabrice Luriot, Director of Mobility by Colas, explains: “The Colas Group is a leader in the construction of high-quality, sustainable, resilient road infrastructure that meets the challenges faced by local communities regarding mobility, development and attractiveness.

“Our approach has made headway and we can now offer integrated road asset management, providing a solid response to local authorities who want to keep a close eye on maintenance expenditure.”

Paul Elliott, National Highways Service Delivery Manager for the Midlands, said: “We are always keen to find new ways to improve safety on our roads. Using this new source of data, in support of our current processes, could improve our ability to target areas in need of maintenance, which would make journeys safer and smoother.

“As part of our Digital Roads project, we are embracing new ideas and technologies, and we look forward to seeing the results of this trial and the benefits it could bring.”

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