Traffic Management Plan Automation (TMPA)

Street works are a major cause of delay and disruption for road users, resulting in significant costs to the economy and society.

With previous studies estimating that the cost of congestion resulting from street works is £4.3 billion a year, 1Spatial have developed an innovative dedicated the Traffic Management Plan Automation (TMPA) solution using advanced rules engine technology to help Utilities companies significantly reduce this cost and at the same time help alleviate traffic congestion for the general public.

 

Why TMPA?

  • Time taken to create traffic management plans reduced from days to minutes
  • Automated and consistent compliance with industry regulations ensures safety and reduces delays and fines
  • Improved customer satisfaction due to targeted communications to impacted addresses
  • Quickly identify if any vulnerable customers or key addresses will be impacted and plan accordingly
  • Reduction in carbon emissions due to less site visits

 

Overview 

TMPA enables the automatic generation of traffic management plans for essential streetworks. Automated outputs ensure relevant information is provided to local authorities, customers and other key stakeholders.

Excavating streets to access utility pipelines and cables is often unavoidable. In the UK, there are approximately four million such digs every year. Each one must be meticulously planned and many require the creation of an approved, standards-compliant traffic management plan.

The manual process of creating a traffic management plan, is currently a lengthy and admin-intensive task. Utility organisations produce many traffic management plans each year, making automation extremely desirable.

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) were the first customer to discuss this challenge with 1Spatial.  Richard Hynes-Cooper, Head of Innovation at NGN, saw the possibility of building the rules identified in the regulations into 1Spatial’s automation technology as a ‘game-changer’. 

The current solution was developed in collaboration with NGN, the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) and Leeds City Council.  The solution successfully automates a number of commonly used road layout ‘scenarios’. Find the full story here and understand how NGN are using the system to make the planning of streetworks safer, more efficient and more cost effective. 

Richard Hynes-Cooper, Head of Innovation, Northern Gas Networks said:“The ability for our own designers, planners and engineers to generate traffic management plans, at the click of a button, is a potential game-changer for the industry. Working together, Northern Gas Networks combined their technical expertise with 1Spatial’s automation technology to produce this award-winning and innovative system.”

To enquire about the current version of TMPA please get in touch by completing the contact form. Please note 1Spatial is also developing an extended version of this solution, which is awaiting the release of a new version of the UK Traffic Management Signs Manual. Users of the current version of TMPA will be entitled to upgrade to the extended version once available. 1Spatial is committed to ensuring that the TMPA solution is continuously updated and adheres to current rules and regulations.

 

The Challenge 

In the operation and maintenance of network assets, it is often necessary to put in place temporary traffic management measures to facilitate safe streetworks, temporary closures or incident management, whilst keeping the traffic flowing as freely as possible. to ensure that its temporary traffic management arrangements are installed, modified and maintained throughout all of the work undertaken at a site. For locations of high impact, a traffic management plan must be submitted for approval to the Local Highway Authority. Such plans must be compliant with rules regarding how signing, lighting and guarding equipment is provisioned and laid out according to the nature of the work and the layout of the road. These rules are described in Safety at Streetworks and Road Works – A Code of Practice and in Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual.

Traffic management plans are typically produced in the form of a CAD drawing provided by specialist departments or third parties. This manual method results in long production times and high production costs, especially if there are multiple amendments to make and mistakes to correct. This process can be lengthy, often taking over a week to produce a traffic management plan that is fit for purpose, which is a strain on the organisation’s resources and causes avoidable delays with costly implications.

 

The Solution

1Spatial’s TMPA solution automates the production of traffic management plans, Inventory Lists and Impacted Addresses Communications for any organisation undertaking street works. The automated traffic management plans are compliant with regulations, coupled with a map interface, making the process faster, cheaper and more flexible.

The TMPA solution will dramatically reduce the time taken to create a traffic management plan, from hours to minutes. The plans include a costed equipment list, which is crucial for planning and helps to avoid fines for equipment left on site. It also generates an ‘interrupted addresses’ list, which ensures that everyone within the required area is informed of the street works, keeping the community informed and increasing customer satisfaction.

Find out more

Case Study: Making the planning of streetworks safer, more consistent and more cost effective

Northern Gas Networks worked with the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) and 1Spatial to build a prototype system. The system combines OS data and 1Spatial’s automation technology to create compliant traffic management plans, at the click of a button.

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The Result

This solution uses end-to-end automation to produce traffic management plans that adhere to industry regulations and present clear information to all stakeholders.

Awards 

The TMPA solution was born out of a collaborative innovation project between 1Spatial and Northern Gas Networks, known as Smart Signing, Lighting and Guarding (SSLG). The innovation has been nominated for multiple awards and won an award at the UKSTT Awards 2019.

 

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If you want to understand more about how this solution could benefit your organisation, please contact us.