Highways England Win

  • 6th February 2014 at 9:09PM
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Highways England chooses Yotta and Atkins in £600k Asset Management Decision Support Tool deal

Highways England, (formerly Highways Agency), has awarded a £600,000 contract to Atkins and Yotta for the supply of Yotta’s Horizons highway asset management software and associated implementation services. The Atkins and Yotta team will deliver and enable the use of software to inform and improve the development of the organisation’s road renewals programme. This tool will allow Highways England to carry out modelling to understand the current and future condition of the network based on its national pavement condition survey data. This model will then be used to predict where and when maintenance is likely to be needed.

The project was procured under the Transport-Related Technical Engineering and Research Advice Framework; this task started on 15th November 2013 and will have a duration period of 15 months. Yotta partnered with leading asset management consultant Atkins to take the bid forward, with Yotta providing the Horizons software (a significant portion of the contract) and Atkins providing project management and quality assurance service.

The Horizons software is a visual and user-friendly asset management system developed by Yotta, and this marks the largest implementation of Horizons to date worldwide.

Alan Taggart, Atkins’ Asset Management Service Director said, ‘It is vital that highway authorities can make the most of their existing assets, to provide efficient and effective services to road users.’

Horizons will incorporate data gathered from a package of condition surveys. A significant proportion of the surveys is delivered by Yotta for Highways England, which include Traffic Speed Condition Survey (TRACS), skid resistance and Deflectograph surveys as well as providing visualised asset coverage of England’s trunk roads and motorways, covering approximately 18,650 lane miles (30,000 lane kilometres). The Decision Support Tool will help the Highways Agency to visualise its asset data and to run analyses to develop programmes of pavement renewals work. This will be a prime example of best practice to support decision making within Highways England.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Yotta and to date our largest order for Horizons software. The bid process was extremely challenging as we were up against well established highway infrastructure management software providers; however, we were able, along with our partners Atkins, to demonstrate the benefits of Horizons for ease of use, user adoption, deterioration modelling and also its improved ability to guide decisions. We have worked hard to build a trusted and credible relationship with the Highways England team and we look forward to continuing to develop our relationship helping them make the most of Horizons capabilities,” says Nick Smee, CEO, Yotta.