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Asset Management Update

A New Integrated Inventory System is coming

For over a decade, MTO has been using an application known as the Integrated Highway Information System (IHIS) to access inventory and performance information. Implementation of an asset management approach to investment decision-making requires a new integrated inventory application. The new inventory will create a robust investment-planning tool for MTO that is able to draw in data used by all areas of the ministry providing functionality that far surpasses present day IHIS.

A major task for the Asset Management Team, the project requires the integration of enormous amounts of data drawn from a broad sample of management systems. Included in the list of data subject areas pegged for integration are:

* Inventories (e.g., pavement and bridge)

* Asset Conditions

* Traffic

* Performance Measures (e.g., percent of pavements in good condition)

* Safety (e.g., collisions)

Asset Management is creating the data model that forms the basis for this system so that it will provide users with enhanced investment-planning functionality (see Oversight section of pyramid diagram below). This single fact makes the new system markedly different from IHIS.

Integrated Investment Planning

Governance - Results & Outcomes

* Accomplishments

* Investment Outcomes

Oversight - Investment Planning Functions

* Performance Results

* Corridor Investment Plans

* Network Condition Reports

* What-If?

* GIS/Mapping

* Asset Valuation

Standards - Integrated Business Data

* Safety

* Pavement Management

* Condition, Location, Projects

* Traffic Volume

* Bridge Management

* Capital Improvement Delivery

Referencing - Base Data

* Asset Inventory

* Asset Characteristics

* Corridor Definitions

* Condition Thresholds

* Condition Targets

* Linear Referencing

There are no existing and applicable data models used to integrate data for similar purposes forcing the team to create an original architectural model from the ground up.

The project is genuinely innovative because of the needs-based approach that the team is using during their design process. As part of this approach, the team is bucking the trend that encourages the use of cutting- edge technology as an end in itself. Project Team Leader Jeff Baker notes, "Focusing on the data is the important's easy to get caught up in the technology of databases, networks and GIS, but our real challenge lies in making sure we have the right data available in the application do corridor planning, assess the condition of the network, and report performance results."

The impressively large scope of the new inventory system will allow the integration of management systems across the ministry. Jeff Baker states, "Our Ministry colleagues are excited about this project as it will create the environment in which future data sharing is facilitated [in a centralized manner]."

At this point in the project, Alison Bradbury, Head of Investment Planning is confident as she says, "We have a clear focus of what we want the application do to support investment planning and the data needed to do it."

A pilot is planned for fall 2005. Results from the pilot will be used to further refine the application prior to full implementation across MTO in 2006.