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CP355  Underground Asset Information - Meeting Future National Requirements Asset Management
Project Appreciation and Objectives

The Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) includes important new powers in relation to records, which has significant implications for asset owners.

There is widespread recognition of the need for a step change in this area and revision of the Records Code of Practice and Regulations is seen as an important opportunity to make significant progress. The Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC) Records Steering Group has recently been reconvened to review and update the Records Regulations and Code, building on work carried out by the National Underground Assets Group (NUAG) and others. It is expected that the new Code and Regulations will come into force by 2011.

The project helped participating organisations to prepare to meet the challenges by identifying potential changes to business processes and working practices, systems and data.

Benefits to Clients

  • Ensure that participants are fully aware of the emerging requirements and implications, and help future-proof plans.
  • Provide an overview of the current status and likely outcomes of wider related initiatives, e.g. improved techniques for location of underground assets.
  • Benchmark business processes and systems and ability to meet future requirements, and provide other business benefits.
  • Assist in developing road maps.
  • Develop a more robust understanding of the business case and provide an opportunity to influence the development of the Code and Regulations.

Work Programme

  1. Review the current position and plans within each participating organisation.
  2. Assess the changes required to comply with the NUAG
  3. recommendations and the emerging Code and Regulations.
  4. Benchmarking and best practice development.
  5. Develop specific and generic road maps and assess associated costs.
  6. Close liaison with the HAUC Records working groups, NUAG and others.
  7. Ongoing review and update, including regular Liaison Group meetings.

Project Output

  • A comprehensive report covering: the national framework and related issues; the current position within each organisation; assessment of best practice and discussion of gaps, solutions and costs.
  • A separate report for each participating user organisation, including an implementation road map.

Related WRc Work

WRc has a broad range of expertise and experience spanning all key aspects and is a member of the NUAG Technical Working Group. WRc worked closely with DfT and major stakeholders to develop a technical specification for the new EToN 4 system and contributed to the revised Notices Code and Regulations.

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