Highways Agency managing agent Halcrow and term contractor Amey Highways are piloting the use of common software to improve efficiency of term maintenance work, payments and budgeting.
Both companies use the Windows based Valesco system supplied by Leach Management Systems .
Its priced bill item library can be built up within the application. A works order is then prepared using a series of pull-down lists to select key parameters such as client budget and road section identifier. Works order items are automatically priced.
Works orders can be digitally transferred across a network, by email or even by sharing the same database. This reduces the overheads involved in issuing several hundred works orders every month, says Halcrow asset management systems consultant Jeremy Furtado.
Monthly valuation information can be similarly transferred. A system tag can identify queried items and the remainder can be transferred for payment.
Valesco contains internal security provisions which protect data items owned by one user from access by another if they are sharing a database.
'The opportunity to share systems and exchange information has increased the sense of partnership between Amey and Halcrow,' says Furtado.
Both parties are aware of the trend towards single operators for maintenance contracts, combining the functions of managing agent and contractor. The system can be adapted to this environment.
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