- 25th February 2022
- Posted by: Miranda Pont
- Category: Blog
Asset management is the systematic planning and prioritisation of investment to ensure that assets continue to meet performance requirements throughout their design life. Here at JBA we have extensive experience in this area and a significant number of trained inspectors already within the JBA team. For this week’s blog, we explore the wide range of asset inspection management services on offer.
Our experience in Asset Inspection Management Services spans more than 20 years and in that time we’ve carried out more the 5000 T98 inspections alone! In our role as sole supplier to the Environment Agency (EA) for the training and accreditation of Asset Inspectors, it’s our responsibility to ensure that Inspectors can competently, consistently and safely undertake visual inspections of EA flood and coastal risk management assets.
What are our Asset Inspection Management Services?
Our specific areas of expertise include culvert inspections, Public safety Risk Assessments, T98 Inspections, Post Inspection Process assessments, confined space inspections, Electricity Substation surveys and much more. You can find out more here.
Culvert and Screen Assessment
Specialists from JBA were major contributors to the CIRIA ‘Culvert, screen and outfall manual’ (C786) which was published in 2019. This guidance covers good practice on river culvert design and also the assessment of the need for security and debris screens. We have highly experienced teams who can undertake ‘Initial Need Assessments’ for screens and appraisals of existing culverts and screens for compliance against the new guidance. We are currently working with the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland, NRW and the Environment Agency in reappraisal and inspection of their culvert and screen asset stock.
Public Safety Risk Assessment
Public Safety Risk Assessment inspections (PRSA’s) are essential in ensuring that FCRM assets and infrastructure do not pose significant risk or danger to the general public or compromise public access and rights of way.
By regularly conducting these inspections we’re able to analyse all safety and security measures at a site, identify where existing hazards may occur and suggest remedial measures that will safeguard the public in accordance with industry best practice guidance.
T98 Flood Defence Asset Condition Inspection
As part of our ongoing work we’re currently supporting both planned and reactive elements of the Environment Agency’s visual flood defence asset condition inspections. These inspections are carried out in accordance with the Environment Agency’s Condition Assessment Manual.
The planned requirements support the Agency’s compliance with their Key Performance Indicator (KPI), which requires their Asset Information Management System (AIMS) database to be kept up to date in order to accurately forecast any future work.
The re-active element of our current Flood Defence Asset Condition work follows the widespread flooding that was caused by Storm Bella in December 2020. By carrying out these inspections our teams are able to assess any damage to Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) assets caused by the flooding.
Since 1995 JBA has been undertaking bridge, culvert and weir scour risk assessments for railway infrastructure organisations in the UK and Ireland. We are familiar with the Network Rail, Irish Rail and Highways England scour assessment standards and can also advise on improving monitoring and also scour resilience.
Post Inspection Process
In our role as one of the Environment Agency’s Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) partners we are actively supporting them with the prioritisation of their asset improvement programme.
By helping in the delivery of Post Inspection Process (PIP) assessments for FCRM assets we’re able to aid in the identification of assets that are below the required condition. By closely examining these assets we can then analyse the risk and urgency of any problems and schedule any essential repairs.
Due to the importance of this work we now have 5 trained PIP assessors within the JBA team, who are currently awaiting deployment to further support the flood response efforts.
Want to know more?
For further information about our extensive Asset Inspection Management services email email@example.com or visit our Asset Management page here.