May 14, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Officials from Uganda are visiting to learn about the province's application of their award-winning asset management system.
The visitors from the Ugandan National Roads Authority are meeting with Department of Transportation to also learn about several other best practices in the management and operation of transportation infrastructure.
The department's asset management solution was introduced in 2007 to help the province better rehabilitate its 18,600 km highway network.
"We have seen positive results from this system since it has been adopted," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "Asset management helps identify the right treatment, at the right place, and at the right time to make improvements to our highways at the lowest cost to taxpayers. It is quite positive to have other jurisdictions examine this made in New Brunswick system and talk to our staff about how it functions and the benefits that are generated."
Other countries and jurisdictions who have talked with the department about asset management include Costa Rica, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and many provinces across Canada.
In the 2010-11 capital budget, $180 million dollars is being invested in the province's roads through the Asset Management program. In the previous two capital budgets $365 million was invested to projects identified using asset management principles.
The asset management system was highlighted last month as the department and the Fredericton-based company Remsoft received a finalist award in the Franz Edelman Award competition for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. New Brunswick's solution was selected from among more than 30 international entries, and was the only Canadian finalist.
Asset Management is a previous winner of a New Brunswick Knowledge Industry Recognition and Achievement Award and a finalist in the Canadian Information Productivity Awards.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.