Global infrastructure consultancy Opus International Consultants (Opus) as part of the Whole Client Service, a delivery team comprised of Hertfordshire County Council and its joint venture partner Arup who together manage and maintain the highway network for Hertfordshire, is hosting a highway seminar to share best practice in Highways Asset Management.
Local authorities and other parties from across the UK will attend the seminar, being held at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire today and tomorrow, which will focus on procurement and contracts models. The Whole Client Service approach used in Hertfordshire will be one of those models discussed, focusing on its success in providing flexibility and its ability to respond to challenges such as those presented by significant funding pressures.
Steve Draper, Opus’ UK Technical Director Asset Management, is facilitating the seminar said: “We expect that the discussion will enable local authorities to consider the right procurement and service delivery approach for them which will be beneficial in the development of their highways asset management strategy. It will also enable the delegates to learn from the vast experience of organisations from around the world, through Opus’ global network of asset management expertise.”
Those presenting at the seminar include infrastructure management specialists from Opus in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. An update on the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) will also be provided giving local authorities the latest information on this sector driven initiative, which will combine with HMEP’s objectives of encouraging collaboration and sharing knowledge.