City of Parramatta Council is a local government area situated west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
It has rapidly-expanding infrastructure requirements driven by population growth.
There is, therefore, a massive pipeline of regional infrastructure construction work, including light rail, metro stations, public domain areas and motorways.
The Council needed an agile, flexible asset management system to manage this dynamic growth.
They were using – with a high level of satisfaction – the Road Manager Asset Management System® PARMMS) from PMS (Pavement Management Services) to manage the data related to its road asset renewals program.
However, in order to move to the next level, the Council needed a solution which enabled them to view their Works Programme and the condition of their network (images, video and data) in one location.
PARMMS required a manual export of the data to be analysed, to upload into a GIS platform and then re-analyse the data for each budget or treatment scenario. This was time consuming.
The Council wanted advanced data visualisation functionality which could present the analysis results from PARMMS seamlessly using a map-based interface. This would allow visibility to see instantly – by location- where road treatment and maintenance actions must be prioritised.
The Council went to market to seek out an alternative solution to PARMMS, issuing a competitive request for proposal (RFP). Multiple systems were evaluated during this RFP process.
PMS presented PARMMS powered by Horizons – a strategic asset management system from Yotta – which includes advanced data visualisation capabilities.
These far exceeded the Council’s expectations and was judged both as the best value for money and the most technically-competent solution.
The Council was impressed with the system’s map-based user interface and saw the potential to use it to communicate asset-related outcomes to its stakeholders, particularly upwards to executive teams.
Today, the Council is using the predictive modelling capabilities of the new software, to develop scenarios illustrating a range of possible works programmes, based on different road treatment and funding scenarios.
The Council has also deployed PARMMS powered by Horizons to create asset management plans and generate a capital works programme which has now been adopted for the next financial year.
Output from the solution is being used to validate some of the projects happening in the current financial year, to ensure they were prioritised correctly.
“…The biggest benefit we have gained from the software is the ability to quickly and easily generate capital works programmes and tweak them based on different funding scenarios. We also really value the high-quality visual interface and mapping which enables us to pictorially represent our works programme on the software. It also allows us to generate heat maps and hot spots, highlighting where we are planning to spend our money. We are confident that, in the future, it will assist us in building collaboration and winning buy in to our programmes of work.”
Nikolaos Proufas, Manager Asset Strategy, City of Parramatta Council
PARMMS powered by Horizons is now fully implemented for the Council.
The council is now talking to Yotta and PMS about uploading its video footage onto the software. Next steps include loading existing video footage, footpath and stormwater data into the software.