Wigan Council improves highways drainage with Yotta DCL bespoke gulley surveys

Published:  08 October, 2013

Wigan Council has awarded Yotta DCL a contract to undertake gulley silt level surveys following a recent asset inventory survey performed by the company. The highways technology and surveying company has completed the first of an anticipated three surveys across 1040km of Wigan council's highway network, collecting detailed gulley data for 58,000 gullies in just 10 weeks.

Wigan Council will use the data to provide silt depth trends over a three-year period subject to funding, which will help determine how frequently road gullies need emptying enabling the Council to plan more effective, targeted gulley cleaning to reduce the risk of possible flooding and inconvenience to motorists.

Wigan Council currently cleans classified road gullies annually, with those draining unclassified and residential roads cleaned every three years. The surveys will help with monitoring whether this level of treatment is sufficient for the different road types or if additional cleaning is necessary to keep the gullies flowing effectively.

As part of the survey Yotta DCL has also collected gulley condition data for the Council, so that the asset management team has detailed information on the current condition of frames, tops and pots. This will assist us in prioritising long term planned programmes of maintenance to repair cracked gulley pots for example.

We lacked data for our highway drainage network and we wanted to know what silt level build up there has been over a three-year period. With the continued shift in climate change it is important that all our gullies are working properly and providing the necessary drainage to help prevent areas of flooding and inconvenience to motorists. The survey will also help us target repairs too as we'll know the condition of each individual gulley, says Mike Purcell, Technical Manager Highways at Wigan Borough Council.

The silt level trend data provided by Yotta DCL will help guide our engineering decisions and there is the added bonus of using the data with our GIS [geographic information system], which will when fully developed help our call centre representatives deal with enquiries from the public more efficiently if they call to report a blocked gulley or flooding incident. They will be able to simply click on the gulley to see whether there have been any earlier reports, for example, and then notify our department electronically.

We are also looking to equipping our gulley cleaning operations with a tablet PC containing the GIS gully condition layer so that they can locate the gullies on screen and record when they've completed their operations so that we can get the information back in real time. The tablet PCs will be mounted in the gulley cleaning vehicles and will replace manual paperwork.

Related Articles

  • Riverside Truck Rental adds first ever Farid Minimatic on Hybrid Canter chassis in UK to its fleet 

    Riverside Truck Rental has implemented the first ever Farid Minimatic on Hybrid Canter chassis in the UK in its fleet. The company has been dedicated to supplying vehicles and plant on long term contract hire to private sector companies, central and local government since 1996 and boasts a fleet of waste handling trucks, large plant, commercial vehicles, cars, heavy plant and other modes of equipment of more than 1,500 vehicles. Having run a number of Heil Farid vehicles for some time, Riverside chose to work with the company again for its first ever ‘eco' vehicle.

  • Great fleet idea – but how do you make it happen? 

    A vital reality check showing how to overcome obstacles to change will be provided Arend Mouton, Fleet Manager for the City of London Police, who has been confirmed the final top level speaker at the Future Fleet Forum on June 29th.

  • Future Fleet Forum: Progress of the Future Fleet Procurement Working Group 

    The first Future Fleet Forum in 2015 had a strong theme of procurement running through it. There was a chorus of dissatisfaction with the status quo and some very different opinions were voiced. There were complaints about the practicalities of implementing improvements in cash-poor, time-poor environments and advice on how to make things easier and fairer for both suppliers and buyers.

  • Future Fleet Forum 2016 – setting new standards 

    Back by popular demand, the second LAPV Future Fleet Forum held on 29 June, at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, is all set to shine a spotlight on the shape of things to come in the local authority fleet management industry. The highlight of the event will be the keynote address from Keith Kerman, the Deputy comMissioner and chief fleet officer of the city of new york, the largest municipal fleet in the USA.

  • Fraikin retains public sector preferred supplier status 

    Fleet management company Fraikin has retained itsstatus as a supplier to the public sector after a rigorous tender process.

    <

Sign Up

For the latest news and updates from LAPV.






Linkedin

LAPV (Local Authority Plant and Vehicles) is the only UK information source purely dedicated to local authority vehicles and affiliated plant equipment. Appearing four times a year, it offers well-researched technical articles on the latest equipment/technology as well as in-depth interviews with key industry professionals. More...

Facebook

Twitter


All content © Hemming Information Services 2017

Sitemap