An initial draft of the proposed Austroads Metadata Standard for Road Management and Investment will now feature in an Australia and New Zealand wide consultation process, including workshops held across eleven cities which will continue into early March.
Austroads, the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies for Australia and New Zealand, has commenced an ambitious new project to establish a harmonised road asset data standard for use across both nations. The plans were announced soon after Austroads contracted development consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff to study the requirements needed to launch autonomous vehicle infrastructure across Australia.
Opus International Consultants and GISSA have been appointed to deliver the project, including the extensive research into existing data requirements and current practice. The project will be developed in close consultation with local governments and road agencies in Australia and New Zealand, with a view to finalising an endorsed Australasian Standard by July 2016.
The types of data to be considered in the project include, descriptions and locations of assets; maintenance activities and cost metrics; asset condition and performance; and road classification.
The draft standard has been produced to allow for a meaningful engagement with road management professionals as well as those that use the data for policy and investment purposes. This key phase of the project will engage with asset management and investment stakeholders to establish a harmonised road asset data standard for use in Australasia.
A series of 11 workshops are being held across Australia and New Zealand throughout February and March 2016 to allow for intensive consultation with the road sector and, in particular, those involved directly with asset management and the management of road asset data.
Following the workshops, Austroads will produce a second consultation draft and a business case, demonstrating the value of adopting the new standard, is also being prepared. This will be supported by an agreed plan for implementation that will address impacts to road agencies and councils.
For further information on the consultation process and workshop registration, or to register an interest in this project please visit http://bit.ly/1Uvscrt