• Road Asset Management Systems: Assets, Planned Work and Data

    A roadway expert uses the road asset management system in the field.

    Road authorities depend on accurate road asset management to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. Traffic engineers, maintenance managers and maintenance crews make data-driven decisions with up-to-date asset status information.

    A road asset management system can serve as a comprehensive resource for maintaining up-to-date data on road assets like signs, pavement markings, guardrails and more. These systems can help you view, access and maintain your road asset inventory.


    Road asset management systems keep road asset data in one place. The system is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Whether using a mobile phone, tablet or personal computer, your asset information will be up-to-date and remain consistent between devices.

    Maintaining and updating asset data on a cloud-based platform helps to ensure inventory accuracy. There is no need to wait for a maintenance crew to return from its route to identify inventory needs. When searching for information about a specific asset, it only takes a few clicks to find data. You can analyze the data quickly and make decisions without excessive delays.

    Work Planning

    • Two experts use the roadway asset management system to plan their team's work.

      A road asset management system displays geographic information on a digital map. Individual assets are denoted on the map with lines, dots and other symbols that you can customize to fit your needs. Selecting an asset provides an expanded view of the asset with more information about its condition, along with a photograph to reference.

      The map provides a spatial inventory representation that’s intuitive to understand, and functions much like a mobile phone’s navigation system. With map data at your disposal, you have greater flexibility in daily operations. Instead of sending out a maintenance crew to inspect every asset in your jurisdiction, you can send them to the road assets that require attention.

      A road asset management system also provides insights into a team’s daily progress and productivity. The tool makes it easy to assign maintenance work as new needs arise.


    • Roadway expert accessing data on a laptop from the asset management system.

      One of an asset management system’s greatest strengths is its comprehensive data. The platform puts all your data in one easily accessible place. Choosing how to integrate this data into the system is up to you.

      Three common integrations include:

      • Relying on an external agency or team to collect asset data and add it to the system
      • Using existing data, and having an external team import it into the system
      • Using existing data, and importing it into the system on your own

      After road asset data integration, the system can be used for strategic decision-making. For example, if a municipality updates regulations for sign reflectivity, it’s simple to access the system to identify the reflective materials on existing signs. If the assets are not meeting the new regulation, creating a task to replace the signs is a straightforward and fast process.

    Gain Control of Asset Management

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