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10 July 2008

Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald JV designs new Motorway Asset Performance Monitoring website

Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald’s integrated joint venture partnership, InterRoute has developed a new website for the Highways Agency that monitors the performance of traffic management systems operating on motorways in South West England.

Named the Barometer of Health, the website displays the real-time fault status of roadside emergency telephones, motorway signals, motorway message signs and MIDAS (motorway incident detection automatic signalling) and relays the information to the South West Regional Control Centre in Bristol.

The website provides motorway operators with accurate and up-to-date information on the performance of traffic management systems in Highways Agency Area 2, which covers Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire, Swindon and parts of Dorset and Devon.

The Barometer of Health will help the Highways Agency monitor the performance of their subsystems and devices more effectively, by integrating data into one ‘dashboard’-style presentation format that can be viewed by sector or by device.

InterRoute’s project manager Mike Dale said: “Using our extensive experience of delivering integrated Highways Agency systems, Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald have been able to provide motorway operators with a new means of monitoring traffic asset performance. The Barometer of Health will help the Highways Agency monitor this crucial information on one comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date website. It will not only enhance efficiency, but help deliver better, safer services to road-users.”


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1, Additional technical information

The Barometer of Health works by retrieving fault data from the Highways Agency’s Halogen fault notification service. Device details and faults are stored in a local database and their performance values are generated by algorithms using the content of the database. This information updates the website to provide end-users with an accurate and up-to-date view of system and device performance for the region of the motorway network covered.

2, About InterRoute

InterRoute is an integrated joint venture building upon an established partnering arrangement between market leaders Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald. InterRoute has been created to deliver a fully integrated highway maintenance service in response to the introduction of Manage and Operate road works contracts by client such as the Highways Agency. InterRoute will support the Agency’s commitment to keeping the network well maintained by offering best practice in all aspects of design, supervision and technical operation to achieve its objectives.

3, About Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services Ltd is a leading provider of highways maintenance and asset management of Balfour Beatty plc. It offers a unique service that combines well-established highway network maintenance skills with a range of professional services including planning and strategic advice, project and programme management and highway design. The breadth of resources and expertise within its organisation is complemented by the extensive capabilities and backing of the Balfour Beatty group.

4, About Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy with 13,000 staff, £750 million turnover and work in 120 countries for the public and private sectors. The employee-owned company is ranked 8th in the 2008 Sunday Times 20 Best Big Companies to Work For survey. Mott MacDonald’s core business sectors cover buildings, transport, energy, water, environment, health, education, industry, oil and gas, communications and international development.

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