- 12th March 2021
- Posted by: Dom Senior
- 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. Through our continued work with the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and Network Rail, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this growing service area.
In our role as the sole supplier to the Environment Agency (EA) for the training and accreditation of their Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Asset Inspectors, it’s our responsibility that their inspectors have a detailed understanding of all types of assets and the condition grading process to produce accurate and repeatable scores for each asset when undertaking visual inspections of the EA’s assets that are protecting communities across England.
However, our expertise extends much further than just the training of asset inspectors because JBA are able to offer a wide range of asset inspection services with our own fully accredited inspectors and staff with extensive experience and knowledge.
What are our Asset Inspection Management Services?
Our experience in Asset Inspection Management Services spans more than 20 years and in that time we’ve carried out more the 5,000 asset inspections just for the EA!
Specific areas of expertise include confined space culvert inspections, Public safety Risk Assessments, T98 Inspections, Post Inspection Process assessments, confined space chamber inspections, Electricity Substation surveys and much more (which you can find more information about here).
Flood Risk Asset Inspections (T98)
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.
In contrast the re-active element of our current Flood Risk Asset Inspection 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.
We also work closely with Lead Local Flood Authority’s (LLFA’s) to build and maintain flood risk asset register as well as public facing asset register that comply with Section 21 of the Flood and Water Act. Under Section 21, it is the role of A lead local flood authority to establish and maintain a register of their own structures or features which, in the opinion of the Authority, are likely to have a significant effect on a flood risk in its area, and make a record of information about each of those structures or features, including information about ownership and state of repair.
Further to this, we also have a 5 stage plan of asset management that a number of Local Authorities have benefited from. Our 5 stage plan starts with the creation of an asset register. Next, some of our highly trained, accredited inspectors will inspect all of the flood risk assets on the register. We can then predict the number of properties at risk of flooding as a result of the simulated asset failure and create a list to allow you to identify and prioritise funding for your assets that have predefined risk categories e.g. protecting the highest number of properties, worst condition grade, etc.. We can also support the development of a critical assets database and help prepare business cases to gain access to Government funding to improve poor performing assets in a simple cost-effective process.
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.
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?
You can also find details of our bespoke Asset Inspection training courses on our webpage: