New UKPMS Annual Health Check Principles and Objectives for 2009
We are pleased to release the new principles and objectives document for the 2009 UKPMS Annual Health Check under the Pavement Condition Information Systems support contract. The results from the 2009 health check will be available from this page once completed.

July 2009



UKPMS Functional Review
The project reviewing the core functionality of UKPMS is nearing completion, with the report in its final draft stage. A presentation of the overall project, its findings and conclusions can be dowloaded from the Review of UKPMS Core Functionality page in the Documents & Downloads section.

July 2009



Roads Board Advisory Group Inception Meeting
The presentations given at the Roads Board Advisory Group (RBAG) inception meeting on 17th March 2009 can be downloaded from the Roads Board Advisory Group page in the Documents & Downloads section.

March 2009



PCIS Newsletter
The February newsletter has been sent out and can be found on the PCIS Newsletter page. If you wish to receive the newsletter by email then you can submit contact details through the contact us page.

March 2009



UKPMS Helpdesk Targets
TRL has now set UKPMS helpdesk targets for received queries. These can be viewed on the contact us page.

March 2009



Technical Note 44 and 45 available
Technical Note 44 and Techincal Note 45 are now available from the Documents and Downloads pages. These are for NI168 and NI169 respectively.

March 2009



Technical Note 41-43: new version available
New versions of Technical Note 41, 42 and 43 which provide guidance for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland PI, is available from the Documents and Downloads pages. The new version is for 2008/09.

March 2009



New Pavement Condition Management Group area available on the UKPMS website
Documents and presentations used for meetings of the PCMG can be accessed from the Documents & Downloads area.

February 2009



Review of UKPMS core functionality workshop presentations
The first workshop concerning the review of UKPMS core functionality occurred on 17th February. The presentations can be downloaded from the Documents & Downloads area.

February 2009



Updated Weighting sets available

A new set of weighting sets for B & C roads are now available from the website. These correct a small problem which arose with the CSV file for DefectConfidence. The link file to tie these weighting sets to the rule sets has also been updated.

February 2009



Exor UKPMS Passes 2008 Annual Health Check
The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Exor UKPMS v4.0.5.1 and v2.2.2.7 have successfully passed the 2008 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads area.


Highway Asset Management Financial Information Group website

As you may be aware, a website has recently been developed for HAMFIG (Highway Asset Management Financial Information Group) to provide a focal point for asset management information. The site is currently located on the Leicestershire County Council website.

February 2009



Symology Insight Passes 2008 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology Insight v2.6 has successfully passed the 2008 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

February 2009



Pitney Bowes Business Insight (MapInfo) Confirm Passes 2008 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Pitney Bowes Business Insight (MapInfo) Confirm v8.00t.AM has successfully passed the 2008 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

January 2009



Setting up a new UK Roads Board Advisory Group

At its meeting on 21st October 2008, the UK Roads Board decided to set up a new Advisory Group to be called the Roads Board Advisory Group (RBAG) rather like the SCANNER Implementation Advisory Group (IAG). However, unlike the SCANNER IAG, the new Group will have a much broader remit to support all the UK Roads Boards sub groups and acting as a sounding board for developments and ideas.

The chair of the Roads Board, Matthew Lugg, wrote to Environment Directors or Heads of Highway service on 16th December 2008 to invite them to nominate two representatives from each of the nine English regions to attend meetings of the Advisory Group. His letter sets out the context of the decision and the proposed arrangement of the UK Roads Board technical working groups and a copy of the letter is here.

As well as the attending members, there is no limit to the number of “corresponding” members and any organisation or individual may apply to become a “corresponding” member and receive copies of the agenda and papers, and make written representations to meetings. If you wish to become a “corresponding” member, or have your name considered for attending membership, please send your name, affiliation and contact details to us at ukpms@trl.co.uk.

January 2009



Visual Survey Inspector Accreditation

The inspector accreditation process is now up and running under the new PCIS contract, offering accreditation for inspectors carrying out Coarse Visual Inspection (CVI) and Detailed Visual Inspection (DVI) surveys. High quality condition data is essential for effective asset management and the aim of the inspector accreditation scheme is to promote this and also offer continued professional development.

Inspector accreditation will involve a half day assessment taken at one of the participating test centres based in Nottingham, run by Scott Wilson, and Bristol, run by WDM. A new test centre to be based in Leamington Spa, and run by Yotta DCL, will be opening early in the new year.

Accreditation is available for DVI and driven CVI surveys, with separate assessments required for each. The assessment will involve:

- Defect Definition desk exercise
- Defect Recognition photograph exercise, and
- Onsite survey/audit

Bookings for accreditation tests should be made by sending a booking form to visualsurvey@trl.co.uk

The booking form, further information and guidance on the process can be found in the Inspector Accreditation area.

January 2009



WDM PMS/UKPMS Passes 2008 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that WDM PMS/UKPMS v4.2.0 has successfully passed the 2008 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

December 2008



UKPMS Functional Review Questionnaire

As mentioned in the December newsletter, a key part of the Functional review is gathering information about how UKPMS are used currently, and how they could or should be used. To help us with this we would be very grateful if you could download, complete, and return a short questionnaire.

We would appreciate your responses before the 31st of January 2009.

December 2008



UKPMS Functional Review summary

A summary of the UKPMS Functional review project is available for download here.

December 2008



December newsletter released

The fourth in a series of regular newsletters designed to keep you up to date with all the major events affecting UKPMS and SCANNER has been released. The document is available to download in PDF form here.

December 2008



Yotta DCL MARCHpms Passes 2008 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Yotta DCL MARCHpms v4.0.539 has successfully passed the 2008 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

December 2008



Visual Survey accreditation procedures and forms
Up to date procedures and booking forms for Visual Survey accreditation are available from the Visual Survey inspector page.

December 2008



UKPMS Review of Core Functionality
The Department for Transport has awarded a six month project to TRL and Atkins to review the UKPMS core specification, to ensure that it addresses local authorities’ future highway data analysis needs. The objective of this commission is to provide a core specification for highway engineering software systems, which will replace the current UKPMS core specification as the minimum functionality that all UKPMS should embody. The project will culminate in the delivery of
• a final report,
• a core functional specification and
• an implementation plan, with timetable and budget

Press release.

December 2008



November newsletter released

The third in a series of regular newsletters designed to keep you up to date with all the major events affecting UKPMS and SCANNER has been released. The document is available to download in PDF form here.

November 2008



October newsletter released

The second in a series of regular newsletters designed to keep you up to date with all the major events affecting UKPMS and SCANNER has been released. The document is available to download in PDF form here.

November 2008



Weighting sets available

The latest weighting sets and guidance are now available from the website.

November 2008



UKPMS Annual Health Check - 2008

Documents and data for the 2008 Annual Health Check of UKPMS systems are now available for download from the website.

The Annual Health Check requirements are available from here, and the instructions, data, results and checklist are available from here.

The Annual Health Check is performed on a specified version of each UKPMS system and so the accreditation applies to that version only. It is vitally important that you check the version number, in full, on any reports produced by your system with those given here. If the version numbers differ then please contact us as your results may not be valid.

November 2008



UKPMS and SCANNER September newsletter released

The first in a series of regular newsletters designed to keep you up to date with all the major events affecting UKPMS and SCANNER has been released. The document is available to download in PDF form here.

October 2008



Exor Corporation v4 passes 2007 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Highways by Exor v4.0.2.0 has successfully passed the 2007 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

March 2008



SCANNER Consistency Assessment Published

TRL have published an assessment of the consistency of SCANNER parameters and the RCI, and ultimately the effects of this on the consistency of the BVPI. The report is available from the Documents page.

March 2008



Yotta DCL Gain Accreditation for DG Series 5.4 DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Yotta DCL have successfully attained accreditation for DG Series 5.4 DCD Software for the production of Best Value Performance Indicator BV224(b) as required by DfTA more detailed report is available from Documents & Downloads.

January 2008



Exor Corporation Passes 2007 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Highways by Exor v2.2.2.6 has successfully passed the 2007 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

January 2008



WDM PMS Passes 2007 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that WDM PMS v4.1 has successfully passed the 2007 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

January 2008



Yotta DCL MARCHpms Passes 2007 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Yotta DCL MARCHpms v3.04 has successfully passed the 2007 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

December 2007



Pitney Bowes MapInfo Business Applications Confirm Passes 2007 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Pitney Bowes MapInfo Business Applications Confirm v6.00ze.AM & v6.08h.AM has successfully passed the 2007 Annual Health Check. More information is available from the Documents and Downloads page.

December 2007



Symology Insight Passes 2007 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology Insight v2.4 (release date 12 Nov 07 or later) has successfully passed the 2007 Annual Health Check.  More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

November 2007



UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar 2007 - Presentations Available

The 2007 UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar took place at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield and was attended by more than 100 delegates.

Presentations were given on the national context, UKPMS technical developments and the new inspector accreditation process.  Copies of the presentations are available from the Members' Shared Documents page on the Owners Forum area of the website.

In response to requests from members, this year's seminar included three interactive workshop sessions where members' views were sought on the future direction of UKPMS, local road and footway survey strategies as well as a drop-in session with system developers and survey contractors.  Notes from the workshop sessions will be available shortly.

For those members who were unable to get to Hatfield, a number of smaller regional seminars are planned.

September 2007



Update toTechnical Notes for BV223 & BV224a

There has been an update to Technical Note 36 (BV223 for 2007/08) and Technical Note 37 (BV224a for 2007/08) to reflect the decision to process as rural any roads defined as neither urban nor rural. The updated Technical Notes are available for download.

September 2007



REVISED Weighting Sets for SCANNER Road Condition Indicator

REVISED Weighting Sets have been published. These should be used to calculate BV223 and BV224a in 2008 (from survey data collected during 2006/07 and 2007/08). The ORIGINAL Weighting Sets are still available and can still be used to calculate informal results from the current data to aid comparison between the Weighting Sets. Likewise, the new REVISED Weighting Sets can also be used with older data.

September 2007



UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar 2007 - More Information Available

The 2007 UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar will take place on Thursday 6th September 2007 at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield.  With the completion of the UKPMS Strategic Review, this year’s event will provide an opportunity to start the process of redefining what stakeholders want from UKPMS, now and into the future.

 

Hear from industry experts and learn practical solutions to UKPMS related issues.  Presentations will include:

  • UKPMS – Get an insight into the current national state
  • Update on Technical Support Contract
  • New Inspector Accreditation Procedures

A programme of workshops will cover three crucial aspects of UKPMS and allow delegates to influence and drive the debate in order to realise maximum benefit.  The workshops will be held on a rolling basis providing delegates with opportunity to cover all subjects, whilst maintaining numbers conducive to debate. 

 

The workshops will cover:

 

  • Local Authority Surveys – the future strategy for local roads, footway surveys etc 
  • UKPMS Functional Review – What are the future requirements for UKPMS and where are the systems headed
  • UKPMS Surgery – a drop is session with industry experts answering your questions on all aspects of UKPMS

 

Systems suppliers have also been asked to provide suitable staff for one-on-one advice for delegates who need help and advice on specific aspects of their UKPMS software.

 

Attendance at the seminar is free to all Owners Forum Members.  Please email the UKPMS Support Consultant at support@ukpms.com to reserve a place or to enquire about exhibition space.

 

July 2007

 



SCANNER 2005/6 QA Report Published

TRL have published their formal report on SCANNER QA for 2005/6.  The document is available from the 'Documents & Downloads' page.

July 2007



UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar 2007

The 2007 UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar will take place on Thursday 6th September 2007 at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield.

 

With the completion of the UKPMS Strategic Review, this year’s event will provide an opportunity to start the process of redefining what stakeholders want from UKPMS, now and into the future.

 

Attendance at the seminar is free to all Owners Forum Members.  Please email the UKPMS Support Consultant at support@ukpms.com to reserve a place or to enquire about exhibition space.

 

More information about the Seminar will be posted on this website shortly.

 

July 2007



SCANNER Research Reports Available to Download

Final Reports from the SCANNER Research Programme are now available to download from the 'Documents & Downloads' page.

April 2007



Exor Corporation Passes 2006 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that, pending user confirmation, Highways by Exor v2225 has successfully passed the 2006 Annual Health Check.  More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

April 2007



UKPMS Inspector Accreditation Scheme

The new approach to inspector accreditation, developed by the UKPMS Steering Group is now in place, and bookings are being taken for accreditation assessments. 

C&G certificates that expire before the end of March 2007 will be extended until September 2007 or until the date of the new accreditation, whichever is the earliest.  Anyone who does not hold a certificate have until September 2007 to gain accreditation for survey data to be valid for the production of BVPIs.

 

The revised accreditation process

 

Inspector accreditation is a three stage process, based upon the revised UKPMS Manual volume 2 (available from the 16th April 2007 in the documents and downloads area of the site) involving;

  1. Defect Definition exercise.  Candidates will be required to answer questions relating to the definition of UKPMS defects and undertaking UKPMS visual surveys.  The subgroup is extending the number and range of questions to be used.
  2. Defect Recognition exercise.  Candidates will be required to identify UKPMS defects from photographs.  The number of photographs used is being extended to provide a wider range and variety of defects.
  3. On site Audit.  The main area of concern over the past three years has been the video survey.  The group recognise that there have been problems identifying defects from the video and using unfamiliar software.  In order to address this, the revised accreditation process will include Visual Surveys of a number of sites close to the test centres.  Survey data will be collected using the hardware/software that inspectors use in their work.  The data will be compared with model answers to confirm that the inspector is correctly identifying UKPMS defects and recording the extents and amounts present. The subgroup will define tolerances to determine the acceptable range of survey data collected.

In order to achieve the accreditation inspectors will be required to successfully complete all aspects of the process.

 

Health and Safety

 

The group consider that it is the employer’s duty to provide Health and Safety training to employees.  As such it will become a requirement of the revised accreditation process that each candidates employer must confirm that the candidate has successfully completed relevant H&S training when booking accreditation tests.  Candidates will be expected to attend the on site audit with correct PPE, signs and where applicable vehicle.  Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the test with no refund.

 

Procedure for booking accreditation tests

 

Tests should be booked through the UKPMS Support Consultant.  Each booking must be accompanied by the relevant fee (£300 plus VAT), one passport size photograph of the candidate in digital format (i.e. jpeg) and written confirmation from the employer that the candidate has successfully completed relevant Health and Safety training.  Candidates will be required to bring proof of identity to their accreditation test centre.

 

Tests are being undertaken at the offices of Scott Wilson (Chilwell, Nottingham), WDM (Staple Hill, Bristol) and Data Collection Ltd (Bognor Regis).  The UKPMS Support Consultant will allocate candidates to test centres.

for more information, or to book an accreditation test, please contact Siobhan Waring on 01302 623201 or Andrew Mundell on 01483 304364 or email accreditation@ukpms.com

April 2007



BV224b Minimum Data Coverage

In the absence of any specific guidance about the minimum survey coverage for BV224b (unclassified roads), it has been agreed with DfT that it is acceptable to base the figure on 90%+ coverage as this is consistent with the SCANNER-based BVPIs.

It is understsood that this point will be clarified in next year's BVPI guidance.

March 2007



Draft SCANNER 2007/8 Specification Available for Consultation

The draft specification for SCANNER surveys in 2007/8 is currently available for consultation at the 'Documents & Downloads' page.

The consultation period runs up to 28 February 2007.

February 2007



Visual Survey Inspector Training

As you may be aware, a new Accreditation Scheme is being set up for UKPMS Visual Surveys. Whilst there are no formal, approved training courses for UKPMS Visual Surveys to prepare surveyors for accreditation, we are aware of a number of organisations that offer these services on a commercial basis and we will be compiling a list of such companies for distribution on the UKPMS Web Site and to callers to the support line. Note that inclusion on this list does not in anyway imply official “approval” of the provider and training content.

 

Please contact the UKPMS Support Consultant for more information.

 

February 2007



2006/7 SCANNER Specification Available to Download
The 2006/7 specification for SCANNER surveys is available to download from the Documents & Downloads page.  The specification consists of six volumes:

1. Advice to Local Authorities

2. Specification for Services

3. Acceptance & Consistency Testing

4. Quality Assurance & Audit Requirements

5. Further Technical Guidance

6. Survey Parameters & Data File Formats

February 2007



WDM PMS Passes 2006 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that WDM PMS v4 has successfully passed the 2006 Annual Health Check.  More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

January 2007



Symology Insight Passes 2006 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology Insight v2.3 has successfully passed the 2006 Annual Health Check.  More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

December 2006



MapInfo Confirm Passes 2006 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that MapInfo Confirm v6.00g.AM has successfully passed the 2006 Annual Health Check.  More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

December 2006



Latest accreditation status of DCL DG Series DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team has been asked to clarify the accreditation status of DCL’s DG Series DCD software.  We can confirm that, as of December 2006, the following versions are accredited:

 

5.1.1

 

5.1.2

 

5.1.3

 

5.1.4

 

5.1.6

 

5.1.7

 

5.1.8

 

5.1.9

 

5.1.10

 

5.1.11

 

5.1.12

 

5.2

 

5.2.1

 

Please contact the UKPMS Support Team if you have any questions regarding DCD software accreditation.

 

December 2006



MARCHpms v3.03 Passes 2006 Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that MARCHpms v3.03 has successfully passed the 2006 Annual Health Check.  More information is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

 

October 2006



BVPI Reporting Requirements for 2006/7 Published

UKPMS Technical Notes 29, 36, 37 and 38 which describe the 2006/7 BVPI Reporting Requirements for Footways, Principal Roads, Non-principal Classified Roads and Unclassified Roads respectively have been published.  The Technical Notes can be downloaded from the 'Documents & Downloads' page.

September 2006



2006/7 BVPI Survey Requirements Published

The 2006/7 BVPI Survey Requirements for BV223 and BV224(a) have been published on the DfT website.

All the 2006/7 road condition BVPIs will be calculated using UKPMS Rules & Parameters RP7.01.

RP7.01 will be released to UKPMS Developers no later than 30th September 2006 for implementation by 31st December 2006.  Successful implementation of RP7.01 will be confirmed as part of the 2006/7 Annual Health Check of UKPMS accredited systems.

August 2006



Symology Gain Accreditation for Insight Mobile 2.3 DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology have successfully attained Accreditation for Insight Mobile Version 2.3 DCD SoftwareA more detailed report is available from Documents & Downloads.

August 2006



UKPMS Owners Forum 2006 - Workshop Notes Available

Notes from the Workshops at the 2006 UKPMS Owners Forum 2006 are available from the 'Members' Shared Documents' page in the Owners Forum area of te website.

June 2006



Consistency of TTS Results on Local Roads - Research Published

The Final Report from the SCANNER Research Project to develop a method for assessing the consistency of results derived from TTS and SCANNER survey data has been finalised and is available to download from the 'Documents & Downloads' page.  The method will enable SCANNER-based BVPIs to be reported with confidence limits and will be introduced during 2006/7.

May 2006



UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar 2006

The 2006 UKPMS Owners Forum National Seminar will be in York on 9 May 2006.  The theme for this year's Seminar is "UKPMS - Facing the Future" and the focus will be on the future direction of UKPMS following the introduction of SCANNER and the emerging requirements of Asset Management.

Places are still available but are going fast.  Please contact the UKPMS Support Consultant at support@ukpms.com to reserve a place.

The Agenda for the Seminar is available to download from the Owners Forum area of the website.

March 2006



DfT Classification

The relatiohship between road class letters and DfT Classification numbers is:

A=3, B=4, C=5, Unclassified = 6.

BV223 should be based on DfT Classification 3 (A roads) and BV224a on DfT Classification 4 & 5 (B and C Roads).

March 2006



Methods of Comparing BV96 and BV223

A new document is available from the Documents & Downloads pager that offers a number of methods for comparing BV96 and BV223 results and identifies some issues which authorities should be aware of in order to ensure that the comparison is meaningful.

 

March 2006



RP6.01 User Document Published

Following demand from users, a new document has been published, aimed at UKPMS users, which summarises the differences between RP5.01 and RP6.01. The document can be found in the Documents & Downloads part of the UKPMS website under UKPMS Rules and Parameters.

January 2006



2005 Annual Health Check Results

The results of the 2005 Annual Health Check will be published on the UKPMS website as they are completed.  Please see the 'Documents & Downloads' page for more information.

December 2005



TTS Auditor Final Report 2004/5

The final report from TRL, in their capacity as TTS Auditor, presents the summary results of the quality audits carried out on the TTS survey vehicles in 2004/5 and summarises the advice and consultancy provided to local authorities.  The report is available to download from the 'Documents & Downloads' page.

 

December 2005



DfT Release Guidance for BV187 and BV224b(BV97b)

DfT have published two documents on the DfT website that provide guidance on the undertaking of Condition Surveys for producing Best Value Performance Indicators BV187 and BV224b(BV97b) for 2005/06.

The two guidance documents can be found by following the links provided below:

BV187 Best Value Performance Indicator BV187 - 2005/06

BV224b(BV97b)Condition Surveys for BV224b(BV97b) - 2005/06

November 2005



New SCANNER Road Condition Indicator

Work is progressing on the development of the new Road Condition Indicator to support the production of the new SCANNER-based BV223 and BV224(a).  A document, aimed at users, that describes how the new Road Condition Indicator will work is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

October 2005



UKPMS Training Seminars - Autumn/Winter 2005

The UKPMS Support Consultant is organising a series of one-day Training Seminars to help Owners Forum members get more value from UKPMS, particularly within an Asset Management Context.  The Seminars will cover the following general topics:

  • Location Referencing
  • Inventory Data
  • Designing appropriate Survey Strategies
  • Using UKPMS to develop Maintenance Programmes
  • Local Performance Indicators and other reporting
  • Value Management

The events will also provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss any specific issues or concerns and to share experiences with other users.

The Seminars will take place during November/December 2005 at the following venues:

02/11/2005 - Edinburgh
15/11/2005 - Cardiff
23/11/2005 - Doncaster
14/12/2005 - London

The Seminars are FREE to UKPMS Owners Forum Members but places are limited and will be available on a first-come-first serve basis; to reserve a place, please contact the UKPMS Support Consultant on 01483 304364.

September 2005



SCANNER HMDIF Specification Produced in New Format

To assist Survey Contractors and UKPMS Suppliers ensure that SCANNER data can be loaded successfully, the SCANNER HMDIF Specification has been produced in a new, clearer format.

The specification is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

September 2005



Symology Gain Accreditation for Insight Mobile 2.2.1 DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology have successfully attained Accreditation for Insight Mobile Version 2.2.1 DCD SoftwareA more detailed report is available from Documents & Downloads.

September 2005



Experiences of TTS Surveys in 2004/05 - Case Study Available

A Case Study from Rotherham describing their experiences of carrying out TTS Surveys of their Principal Road Networks in 2004/05 and making use of the data is available from the Members Shared Documents page in the Owners Forum area of the site.

August 2005



SCANNER Specification Available to Download

The specification for SCANNER Surveys (Surface Condition Assessment for the National Network of Roads) is now available to download from the Documents & Downloads page.

August 2005



UKPMS Technical Note 35 - Carriageway Survey Requirements for 2005/06 BVPI Reporting

A new UKPMS Technical Note - TN 35 - has been produced to set out the survey requirements for principal, non-principal classified and non-principal unclassified roads for 2005/06 BVPI reporting purposes.  Technical Note 35 is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

A new Technical Note will be published later in the year setting out the reporting requirements once they have been defined.

July 2005



SCANNER Surveys - Good Practice in the Management of Network Changes

Some of the problems that users have experienced in loading their TTS and SCANNER data in 2004/05 have resulted from the way that network changes have been managed in UKPMS.

It is vital that, once the network definition has been supplied to your SCANNER survey contractor, NO chnages are made to the network definition until after the SCANNER survey data have been loaded.  If changes are made to the network during this period, the survey data might not load.

If you have any questions about how to manage changes to your network definition, please contact your UKPMS supplier directly.

July 2005



Updated Visual Survey Manual

The updated UKPMS Visual Survey Manual (which is now Volume 2 of the UKPMS User Manual) is available to download from the UKPMS User Manual page.

Hard copies of the Visual Survey Manual and a CD-ROM version will be provided free of charge to members of the UKPMS Owners Forum.

July 2005



Release of Rural and Urban Area Classification 2004

The Rural and Urban Area Classification 2004 is available on the National Statistics website. It is the result of a cross-government project to develop an improved definition of rural and urban areas. The new classification has been endorsed as a National Statistics product and users should adopt it as the primary standard classification for use in National Statistics datasets. The classification covers England and Wales.

 

May 2005



HMDIF Conversion Software Version 2.0.8 Available

Version 2.0.8 of the HMDIF Conversion Software is now available from the Documents & Downloads page.  The Conversion Software allows exports from various Machine Surveys to be converted to HMDIF format to be loaded into UKPMS.

It also allows DVI surveys to be converted to CVI-equivalent surveys for use in producing Best value Performance Indicators.

24 May 2005



Symology Gain Accreditation for Highway Plus Version 2.2 and Insight Mobile 2.2 Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology have successfully attained Accreditation for Highway Plus Version 2.2 and Insight Mobile Version 2.2 DCD SoftwareA more detailed report is available from Documents & Downloads.

May 2005



HMDIF - Proposal to Drop HRM

With the introduction of SCANNER, the UKPMS Support Contractor is considering dropping HRM (High-speed Road Monitor) from the list of surveys that can be loaded into UKPMS, please contact support@ukpms.com as soon as possible and no later than 31 May 2005 if you have concerns that this may cause you any difficulty.

April 2005



Jacobs Babtie gain accreditation for Rovis Version 2.02 DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Jacobs Babtie have successfully attained Accreditation for Rovis Version 2.02 DCD SoftwareA copy of the Accreditiation Test Report is available from Documents & Downloads.

April 2005



BVPI 96 - Condition of Principal Roads in 2004/05

We have received information from DfT which states that:

"For the avoidance of doubt, let me confirm that texture is to be included in the calculation of BVPI 96 for 2004/05"

For the further avoidance of doubt, this means that the following defects should be included and that BVPI 96 should be produced using UKPMS Rules & Parameters RP5.01:

  • Left and Right Rutting
  • 3m Longitudinal Profile Variance
  • Left Texture
  • Cracking

31 March 2005



HMDIF Conversion Software - Temporarily Unavailable

Please note that the HMDIF Conversion Software is temporarily unavailble. Apologies for any inconvenience.

30 March 2005



BV96 - Audit Commission Guidance for 2004/05

The Audit Commission have published the following guidance in their Newsletter Number 25 concerning the reporting requirements for BV96 - Condition of Principal Roads:

 "Authorities are now required to calculate BV 96 using TRACS (TTS).  There have been some problems with the availability of TRACS Type Survey (TTS) machines during 2004/05. DfT has decided that where a highway authority is not able to achieve at least 85% TTS survey coverage of its principal road network in both directions, then it should submit a nil return for BV(96), the condition of principal roads.  Authority's returns will not be qualified for this provided they can show evidence to the auditor that they attempted to achieve full survey coverage and the failure was due to circumstances beyond their control."

February 2005



Symology gain accreditation for Highway Plus Version 2.1 and Insight Mobile Version 2.1 DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology have successfully attained Accreditation for Highway Plus Version 2.1 and Insight Mobile Version 2.1 DCD SoftwareA more detailed report is available from Documents & Downloads.

February 2005



Loading TTS Data into UKPMS - Frequently Asked Questions

TRL, the TTS Auditor, have provided a general response to a number of Frequently Asked Questions that they have received from local authorities concerning loading TTS data into UKPMS. The FAQs are available on the Documents & Downloads page.

February 2005



TTS eCommunity Launched

A TTS eCommunity has been launched within the DfT website to provide information about the implementation of TTS and SCANNER.  Please follow http://www.ecommunities.dft.gov.uk/ and follow the instructions to access as a Guest.

Please contact Behzad Rahimzadeh at Halcrow (RahimzadehB@halcrow.com) if you wish to receive a username and password to get full access.

January 2005

 



DCL gain accreditation for Version 5.2 of the DG Series DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that DCL have successfully attained DCD Accreditation for Version 5.2 of their DG Series DCD Software.

January 2005



Loading TTS Data in UKPMS - Interim Arrangements for 2004/05
When TTS data is collected there is inevitably a difference between the section length as measured during the data collection and that already set up for the network. In order for the data to be processed by UKPMS the data collected must be shrunk or stretched to match the network section length.

Following consultation with the TTS Project Manager, Survey Contractors and UKPMS Developers, the following approach has been agreed:

For the Current Year

§         UKPMS Developers will ensure that data produced from the pre-processing software (MSP) and therefore differing by up to 10% or 50m (whichever is the lesser) can be loaded in some way. This may require them to offer a method for shrinking/stretching TTS data.  As appropriate they will advise their Users of this issue.

§         Survey Contractors will be aware of this issue and will inform Users whether or not the data they supply will be pre-processed to match the surveyed section lengths with the network lengths.

Note that there are several possible approaches for the principal roads in 2004/05 and so results for this year may differ from subsequent years when the approach becomes standardised.

For subsequent years

The TTS Project Manager will:

§         Consult with Survey Contractors to agree on a standard approach for shrinking/stretching TTS data, including both the technical approach to be used and the tolerances

§         Ensure that the shrink/stretch process is included in the accreditation tests of TTS machines

§         Address this issue as part of the development of the specification and contract for the non-principal network, with a view to incorporating the same approach into the principal road contracts for 2005/06 onwards

A Position Statement providing more information is available under TTS Specification on the Documents & Downloads page.

19 November 2004



UKPMS Support Budget Announced
We are pleased to be able to announce that Ministers have approved funding for the UKPMS Support Contract over three years as follows:

04/05 - £296k

05/06 - £168k

06/07 - £350k

Now that the budget has been approved the development programme will restart. The main targets for this year are to ensure that UKPMS continues to support the implementation of TTS, developing the Annual Health Check for UKPMS-accredited systems, improving the way condition projection is handled and finally producing some improved documentation including a new UKPMS User Manual.

3 August 2004



WDM gain accreditation for VIV and UKDVI DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that WDM have successfully attained DCD Accreditation for Version 2.0 of their VIV and UKDVI SoftwareA more detailed report is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

2 August 2004



DfT issues revised advice on APR Condition Indicators

DfT have issued revised advice on the completion of the Core Indicator Pro-Forma for Best Value Road Condition Indicators.  The advice is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

July 2004



EXOR gain accreditation for Datacapture DCD Software

The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Exor have successfully attained DCD Accreditation for Version 3.0 of their Datacapture SoftwareA more detailed report is available from the Documents & Downloads page.

June 2004



Symology gain accreditation for Highway Plus DCD Software
The UKPMS Support Team are pleased to announce that Symology have successfully attained DCD Accreditation for Version 2.0 of their Highway Plus DCD SoftwareA more detailed report is available from Documents & Downloads.


UKPMS Annual Health Check

The UKPMS Support Contractor is in the process of developing an Annual Health Check of accredited UKPMS systems.  The Health Check is intended to provide ongoing routine assurance that UKPMS systems continue to meet UKPMS requirements including the current rule set and BVPI definitions.

The Annual Health Check will only be carried out on fully accredited UKPMS systems and will supplement rather than replace the UKPMS Comparability Tests.  Passing the Comparability Test continues to be a requirement for any new systems that wish to become UKPMS Accredited.



PDF Downloads
Please note that all PDF files have been created with Adobe Acrobat Version 6.  You may need to go to the Adobe website to download a new version of the Acrobat Reader.


Visual Survey Improvements

In a letter sent to Local Highway Authorities in December 2003, DfT introduced two measures to improve the quality and consistency of UKPMS Visual Survey data.

From 2004/05, all inspectors carrying out visual surveys for Best Value indicators BV96, BV97a, BV97b and BV187 and any Data Capture Device (DCD) software used to collect the data will be required to be accredited in accordance with the new accreditation procedures.

Where DfT guidance permits the submission of up to two year old data for the 2004/05 indicators, data collected in 2003/04 by unaccredited inspectors and DCD software will still be accepted.

The accreditation process for inspectors will be managed by the London Borough of Barnet Skills Centre.  Authorities will need to contact Tim Bottoms, the Skills Training Manager at Barnet, on 0208 359 5157, who will arrange for their staff to visit each authority to conduct the accreditation, which will be carried out in accordance with the approved method.

The DCD Software accreditation is a self administered test, completed by the software suppliers themselves.  More information is available from the UKPMS Support Consultant (support@ukpms.com or 01483 304364).



DfT Releases BV186 Guidance

The Department for Transport has released guidance on Best Value Performance Indicator 186, "The percentage of the principal road network where major structural treatment is not considered necessary, divided by the authority's average structural expenditure per kilometre on the principal road network over the past three years". The Guidance is available at the DfT website.

 



Technical Note 30 - New Version Released
A new version of Technical Note 30, which describes the production of BV96 based on TRACS-Type Survey (TTS) data, is available from the documents & downloads page.  The new version includes advice on Merge Tolerances.


 
 
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