Data Standard for Road Management and Investment In Australia & New Zealand

Austroads have commenced a new and ambitious project to establish a harmonised road asset data
standard for use in Australia and New Zealand.[draft-austroads-data-standard-for-road-management-and-invest|*]

Project Manager Angus Draheim said “The project has been initiated in response to requests from
stakeholders who increasingly need to share data with other road management agencies but are frustrated
by the lack of common data standards.”

“The project will deliver a recommended harmonised road data standard for core road asset management
activities and a business case demonstrating the value of adopting the new standard. Austroads anticipates
that once a model standard is provided road management agencies and councils will see the benefit and
steadily work towards aligning their systems with it.”

“A business case developed by Austroads in 2014 shows significant benefits and cost savings can be
obtained by road management and governance agencies being able to readily share common data between
each other. Benefits could include improved understanding of road assets, direct savings to agencies for
data management and reporting, consistent and comparable data to support better government decision
making and supporting new technology and transport innovation.”

Road managers include national, state and local government agencies which each collect information to
inform their asset management strategies and to determine expenditure priorities. The lack of a harmonised
road asset data standards means that each road manager collects similar, yet slightly different, information.
The minor but consequential differences in road asset data limit the comparability of asset information
between road networks, and increases the costs of working across different road networks.
An example of an area where a common data standard is anticipated to be Heavy Vehicle road reform policy
development where more reliable and consistent policy is dependent on having reliable and consistent
information about the road network across jurisdictions.

Other types of data to be considered in the project include descriptions and locations of assets, maintenance
activities and cost metrics, asset condition and performance and road classification.
Opus International Consultants and GISSA (authors of “A Spec”) have been appointed to deliver the project
which will involve extensive research into existing data requirements and current practice. It will be
developed in close consultation with local governments and road agencies in Australia and New Zealand.

The project will take approximately 12 months to complete and the first stage involves gathering and
reviewing information.


For further information or to register an interest in this project please visit https://apps.opus.co.nz/austroads/
Notes:
 Austroads is the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies
www.austroads.com.au
 Opus International Consultants is a leading multi-disciplinary infrastructure
consultancy www.opus.com.au
 GISSA is an Australian management consultancy, specialising in the development of spatial information
systems.
 Media enquiries: Elaena Gardner, Austroads Communications Manager, ua.moc.sdaortsua|rendrage#ua.moc.sdaortsua|rendrage,
+61 (2) 8265 3333, 0402 253 915

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