HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 15, 2005 - Intergraph
Several hundred thousand abnormal loads are transported on UK highways each year. The ESDAL will automate and simplify the previous manual process of planning and notification of abnormal load movements among multiple agencies and organizations. The new Web portal will significantly speed up the process for haulers, police, local authorities and public and private structure owners.
“Given that hundreds of thousands of routes need planning each year, the new Web portal will provide a multitude of benefits to the many organizations involved in the transporting of abnormal loads across the UK,” said Chris Bax, ESDAL Project Manager, Serco Integrated Transport. “Web-based mapping will speed up the tasks of an initially lengthy process that included exchanging faxes for planning and notification.”
Using the Web portal, haulers can choose the most appropriate route for abnormal load movements to ensure that wide, heavy, long or high loads do not damage the roads or structures or cause traffic congestion. Intergraph’s GeoMedia(R) WebMap technology will enable haulers to simply draw routes directly onto a map. The routes drawn are then used to drive other processes such as automatically identifying the organizations that need to be notified. Initially, the ESDAL will return a list of contacts for each route. Automatic notification will be added during later phases.
Digital routes will open up whole new areas of analysis to support planners in Great Britain. For example, the HA will have capabilities to understand the volume and distribution of movements; identify trends; and compare the effectiveness of different routes. The later stages of the project will use feedback within the ESDAL Web interface to suggest established routes to haulers, allowing quicker route planning and reduced risk and cost.
NAVTEQ will provide the underlying digital mapping on top of which haulers sketch their routes. The system will use NAVTEQ data to convert the lines of sketched routes into a list of real-world road segments, which can then be used in ESDAL’s automated processes.
The ESDAL will be implemented in four phases. Phase one is expected to go live around spring 2005. The final implementation phase, which includes sophisticated routing analysis and Web-based notification, is expected in 2006.
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About UK Highways Agency
The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. The Highways Agency has a major role in delivering the UK Government’s Ten Year Plan for Transport. For more information, visit www.highways.gov.uk.
About Serco Integrated Transport (Serco)
Serco has grown to become one of the world’s leading service companies. Serco’s work ranges from management of facilities, projects and IT systems through to the creation of entirely new businesses. This includes the financing, design and development of new facilities, including hospitals and transport systems, as well as their day-to-day operation. Serco runs world-class scientific establishments, provides critical information to manage traffic, maintain buildings, operates railways and detains offenders. For more information, visit www.serco.com/sit.
NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems; mobile navigation devices and Internet-based mapping applications; government; and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 1,500 employees located in more than 100 offices in 20 countries. Its European headquarters is in Veldhoven, Netherlands. For more information, visit www.navteq.com.
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