Scottish Council Adopts Horizons
North Ayrshire Council has become the first user in Scotland of Yotta’s Horizons highway asset management platform. The cloud-based solution will provide access to a wide range of highway asset inventory information. This will help to further improve the accuracy of financial returns and identify the costs associated with the maintenance of the road asset. Horizons will also be used to support existing maintenance prioritisation and cost projection tools. The Scottish Council will be able to enhance its ability to effectively target resources and forecast long term budgets based on a range of criteria, including actual road condition, strategic importance and assistance to other priorities and service areas, for example.
“Analysis undertaken using Horizons will enable us to more accurately forecast how the network would be affected by the influence of different budget levels, priorities and treatment choices,” says Joe Smith, Senior Manager within the Physical Environment (Roads and Transportation) department at North Ayrshire Council. “The Horizons platform will also be capable of taking into account multiple sources of information to produce a comprehensive programme of work and scheme selections for all available treatment types. It is hoped that the robust treatment selection process, based on the analysis of different budget scenarios built within the system, will assist our drive for continuous improvement and ensure value for money is achieved.”
Yotta has worked closely with North Ayrshire Council for many years, undertaking a comprehensive inventory data collection exercise as far back as 2009. Using advanced vehicle based video surveying equipment and techniques, Yotta created a comprehensive and accurate inventory of core assets. The data contains information on the carriageway, footway, street lighting and street furniture.
This data will be stored, accessed and analysed using the Horizons platform together with additional information about the road network, including other survey data, accident data and the Council’s prioritisation criteria. Horizons will also hold information pertaining to road network complaints, faults and claims, and where the network provides support to other priorities, for example schools, medical centres, public transport services and town centres.
Joe Smith added, “In addition to storing and analysing all this valuable information, Horizons will provide a simple visual means of presenting evidence, options and decisions in a logical and coherent style that satisfies the needs of all parties from stakeholders to engineers.”
Horizons is a highway Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) asset management platform designed to make it easier for asset managers to visualise, manage and optimise all their asset management strategies and records in a unique and effective way, using a single cloud-based solution. Since launching to market in 2012, Horizons has revolutionised asset management across a range of applications and is now used by around 50 local authorities in addition to service partners and maintenance contractors. In 2014 Yotta launched Horizons internationally, and has already achieved successful implementations in Europe and beyond.