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Each year the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) commissions an independent survey of local authority highway departments in England and Wales.
The aim of the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey is to take a snapshot of the general condition of the local road network, based on information provided directly by those responsible for its maintenance. The data received from local authorities provides a means of tracking any improvement or deterioration and the qualitative feedback received from them provides context.
Malcolm Simms, Director of MPA Asphalt and Director of AIA, will talk about ALARM and the funding and condition trends in Wales and beyond in 2021.
The event is supported by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA).
Director, MPA Asphalt, Mineral Products Association (MPA)
Malcolm Simms was born and raised in Northern Ireland, before moving to Scotland to study civil engineering, where he developed an interest in construction materials. On graduating he worked on a number of projects both north and south of the border, including two of the largest bridges of their kind in the UK at the time.
After returning to materials technology with stints at a number of UK materials producers and contractors, he joined the then named Quarry Products Association in 2000 as Asphalt Engineer, becoming a Director of what is now MPA Asphalt in 2011. Malcom’s remit covers all highways and asphalt-related issues addressed by the MPA and he represents the organisation on a range of national and international technical and policy committees, including those within BSI, EAPA and CEN.
Malcolm regularly presents at conferences and seminars on technical and policy issues and is closely involved with the work of the AIA on highways maintenance and funding issues.
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