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Regulator extends nomination deadline for bridge and culvert assessments

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The NHVR is building a free national mapping solution in the NHVR Portal that it says will provide direct cost savings and efficiencies for road managers and industry when planning heavy vehicle network access.

The new mapping solution will provide all road managers with their own management hub to update and create heavy vehicle networks, supported by an improved understanding of the capacity of infrastructure assets.

The regulator said that the new approach will allow road managers to better direct heavy vehicle movements to the most suitable route, ensure changes to networks are automatically reflected on the national enforceable map and better target infrastructure investment to the most vulnerable assets.

Improved information on asset capacity is being collected through funded engineering assessments for local government as part of the $20 million Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Program (SLGAAP) with data feeding into the NHVR Portal for road managers to store and manage.

The NHVR team will make the transition to the new mapping solution as smooth as possible and will complete the transfer of data into the system as well as undertake one-on-one road manager training sessions.

“We are committed to working with road managers to provide the tools and support you need to make informed access decisions to deliver safer and more productive outcomes,” said NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto.

“Through our National Spatial Program, road managers and industry will be able to better plan, manage and publish their own heavy vehicle network and asset data in the NHVRPortal.”

Work is underway to fully integrate access permit workflows into the Portal, to provide a single solution network map. Road managers will be able to click and view the most suitable routes for specific heavy vehicle configurations.

Nominations for SLGAAP Phase Two have been extended until June 22.

“I encourage you to nominate any critical assets on key freight routes in your local council,” said Petroccitto.

“We will prioritise bridges and culverts located on key freight routes that can open up access for heavy vehicles and deliver whole of network journey outcomes.”

Some of the key features of the system include:

  • Network Builder – An easy to use self-service tool to plan, manage and publish network maps in the NHVR Portal. Road managers will be able to include conditions/restrictions and control precisely what information is published to operators.
  • Asset Module – Allowing road managers to capture asset capacity data in one central place via the NHVR Portal, including a mapping interface and storage of structure assessment results.
  • Reporting Integration – Supporting the reporting of consent and permit data, vehicle data (including PBS) and route data to be automatically transferred into road manager systems.
  • Next Generation Route Planner – Providing a one stop shop for operators to access road manager published network maps and plot heavy vehicle routes preferring road manager gazetted or preapproved networks.

To find out more about the selection criteria and how to nominate, click here.

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