Leamington Spa, 23 May 2012 – Yotta DCL has introduced a new service to help highways authorities reduce road traffic incidents caused by skidding. The company has announced a new cost-effective consultancy service to help authorities make best us of SCRIM (Sideway-force Coefficient Routine Investigation Machine) survey data and develop effective skidding resistance strategies that improve road safety.
Courts are becoming more aware of the responsibility of authorities to maintain the skidding resistance of their roads under Section 58 of the Highways Act. Authorities using the new service, therefore, will be more able to defend against claims due to alleged skidding caused by poor surface friction. Evidence provided by Yotta DCL will show that adequate SCRIM inspections were performed and that appropriate action had been taken to maintain the skid resistance of the road surface.
The SCRIM survey expertise offered by the Yotta DCL “Professional Services” team provides highways departments with a dedicated outsourced service to help identify risks and prioritise treatment, quickly and efficiently. The team comprises asset management, UKPMS and GIS industry experts and over the years, the team they have worked on projects with many Local Authorities and Trunk Road Agencies.
“The Department for Transport requires highways authorities to identify and report road surface friction defects that could cause vehicles to skid. Yotta DCL can provide the specialist knowledge and expertise needed to assist the authority with identifying these defects and also help with developing a skidding resistance strategy,” says Nick Smee, Managing Director, Yotta DCL.
“Our dedicated specialists will analyse and map the results of the SCRIM surveys and investigations and report the findings to the authority. Outputs can be loaded into Yotta DCL’s Horizons Visualised Asset Management system adding a visual representation of the data and allowing for simple sharing of the data across an organisation. The team can also accurately categorise the various sites according to road type and geometry, which helps with SCRIM policy development. Further surveys and analysis help provide updated information for reviewing the effectiveness of the treatments and skidding resistance strategy.”
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