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As a result of a report commissioned to TRL in 2011, a number of observations and recommendations were recorded for the purpose of improving the process of highway maintenance, in particular the durability of Thin Surface Course Systems in use on the WG Strategic Road Network.
Consultation with contractors, as well as other highway operating bodies, has led to a process of improvement with the aim of broadening highway maintenance options and establishing methods of best practice. Changes in national guidance (in particular texture limits) have complemented the requirement to improve durability, but one of the main concerns for WG is still the consistency of materials durability installed throughout the network.
Pavement Manager, Welsh Government
Stuart is a Chartered Engineer specialising in Pavement Engineering with over 20 year’s experience in the field of highway maintenance and asset management. Stuart has experience in management of maintenance programmes, contracts and also advises in development of UK technical standards.
Stuart has combined the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) with Pavement Management data to effectively manage and analyse large networks for programming of work, condition analysis, valuation and performance management. Stuart has developed a database to monitor the condition of WG strategic roads, utilising an embedded deterioration model for assessment of spending scenarios and provision of information vital to works programmes with the main aim of improving value and serviceability for WG highway maintenance.
Stuart is currently Chairman for the Institute of Highway Engineers South Wales Branch.
Pavement Engineer, Welsh Government
Neil is an Incorporated Engineer, who started his career with Babtie Materials Laboratory almost 15 years ago. Neil specialises in pavement engineering disciplines such as materials analysis and specification, testing requirements, condition assessment, technical surveys as well as management of the WG skid resistance programme.
Neil is a member of the UK Pavement Engineering Technical Project Board where he contributes to the production of highway standards.
Since joining WG, Neil has worked with leading highway organisations and conducted research which he has brought to his role as lead engineer for the WG trials of Stone Mastic Asphalt.
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