Road maintenance app highly commended at engineering awards

Date posted: 9 November 2018

Lake Macquarie City Council was Highly Commended in the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, 2018 Excellence Awards for its work in leveraging mobile technology to improve road maintenance processes.

Council’s Business Transformation Lead, Caitlin Botha, said the commendation is icing on the cake for a project that has already delivered major gains for field staff.

“We were awarded within a category that recognises excellences in innovation, which is testament to our efforts in managing Lake Macquarie City’s almost $2 billion worth of road infrastructure,” Ms Botha said.

Ms Botha explained exploring opportunities in the use of mobile technology in asset management, Council developed a software system that has been designed to minimise the need for staff to return to the office.

“The app provides real-time information about planned roadwork and allows for the collection of valuable road condition data and displays this within Council’s Geographic Information System.

“When our field staff attend site to assess the severity of a reported defect they can use the app to also view any future planned works, take photos and add instructions before assigning the job to a field crew for action, if required.

“Once the job is assigned to a crew, it is prioritised by severity and location, ensuring that the crews complete the jobs in an efficient sequence.”

The 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards, presented by Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, were held Thursday night 8 November at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

Page last updated: 9 November 2018