22 Sep 2019
MEED award for maintenance of bridges
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has won innovation award for bridge maintenance management system presented by the leading British firm MEED; a specialist in the assessment of innovative projects.
Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency was delighted with the award from a renowned entity with high credibility in the assessment of innovative projects in the region.
“Obtaining this award is indicative of RTA’s keenness to implementing sophisticated smart E-Systems in the management, maintenance and sustainability of assets such as flyovers, underpasses, footbridges, creek crossings, and camel crossings to name a few. The system caters to the corrective maintenance and technical verification of road facilities to ensure their safety and sustainability,” she noted.
“The system plays a vital role in sustaining the excellent performance of road facilities and uplifting their operational condition throughout the prescribed lifetime. It generates a comprehensive database of road facilities that assist in managing maintenance systems and identifying priorities, which in turn enhances the efficiency of maintenance operations,” added Maitha.
“During the design phase, due consideration was given to carry out benchmarking with the best practices in Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa. The system was enhanced with superb operational jobs tailored to the nature of maintenance works and contracts of Roads and Facilities Maintenance Department. It also improves the governance and procedures of periodic technical testing of components besides monitoring asset performance and the quality of maintenance works.
“Bridges maintenance system is closely related to RTA’s corporate asset management system and geographical information system. As such, field operations are linked with the smart mobile app to ensure instant updates. It also assesses the condition of the facility and maintenance needs, thus expedites the relay of job orders to contractors to carry out the corrective maintenance works required,” concluded Maitha.