Question of the client
The City of Amsterdam wants to make the transition to risk-based approach for the inspection and monitoring of civil structures, such as bridges, locks and quay walls. For this it is necessary to further elaborate and sharpen the current management plan 'inspection framework civil constructions' from an asset management point of view.
With the qualitative update of the current inspection framework, we have helped the City of Amsterdam with a clear policy and approach to monitoring and inspecting civil structures. This allows them to fulfill the ambition to further professionalize risk-based management.
With over 1,850 bridges and no less than 600 kilometers of bank constructions, management and maintenance is a challenging task for the City of Amsterdam. The starting points for the policy and approach are described in the 'inspection framework civil constructions'. Given the ambition to further professionalize the management towards a risk-based approach, Compris was asked to thoroughly review this inspection framework.
"The inspection framework that was in place was technically an excellent basis. In addition, the City of Amsterdam has a clear vision on public space and there are principles that apply to all the underlying programs, such as the management of civil structures. We therefore mainly supported in bringing all the separate elements together and making them clearer in one document, with an eye for both the technical and policy aspects," Marco van der Kruijf, Asset Management Professional at Compris, looks back. "With this, the Municipality of Amsterdam now has a complete and future-oriented inspection framework."
Risk-based inspection and monitoring
Risk management played an important role within the Traffic & Public Space department for a number of years. Within the City of Amsterdam, this department is responsible for the management of public space, which includes civil structures such as movable and fixed bridges, banks, quays and locks. "The City of Amsterdam wants to maintain these assets in a risk-driven manner, using risk assessment to determine when and what type of maintenance is needed. To support the transition to risk-based maintenance, the existing inspection framework was recalibrated. This recalibration included describing the line-of-sight and continuous improvement process. It also now includes KPIs to measure the progress of activities and results. With this, the inspection and monitoring process and its choices are unambiguously defined. It also provides immediate substantiation for the resources needed for the management and maintenance of the assets," Marco explains.
Hands on approach
Sander Pooters, senior civil engineering consultant at the Traffic & Public Space department, is pleased with the support from Compris: "Compris' independent and hands on approach was exactly what we needed. With their help we now have a clear inspection framework, which we can use in the coming years to give substance to the transition to risk-based working in a good manner."
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