Winner: Gaist Solutions
Gaist rose above its competition in this category thanks to its HighwayView and National Dataset, which intends to provide the industry with a single, highly detailed image map layer and database of carriageway condition.
Using a bespoke designed survey vehicle constantly capturing high-quality video imagery, Gaist has been collecting data on every A, B and C road in England with the aim of transforming highways surveying.
Gaist says it has collected the data in such a way that every single crack or other defect can be examined via the HighwayView software package.
The data is provided through HighwayView in an easily accessible format and can be loaded onto any GIS system, allowing vendors of existing asset management systems to serve condition data directly to their existing customers.
In addition, users of HighwayView are able to use the highly detailed map of carriageways and footways for tasks as varied as inventory collection, planning, design work, traffic management, white lining estimations, traffic regulation orders, work planning and the delivery of other highway functions.
The survey is repeated every year to ensure the data is consistently up-to-date, and the company hopes to radically alter the industry’s understanding of the country’s highways and related infrastructure through providing highway imagery and condition data at an unprecedented level of detail.
The reliability and detail of the data are intended to allow for efficient planning with regards to asset management and help to inform decision-making in road maintenance and construction projects.
Gaist is now aiming to build on several years of data to calculate a deterioration curve for each road or scheme, thereby enhancing the industry’s understanding of how different road surface materials perform in different environments.
“HighwayView offers a massive improvement on similar survey data and software packages already on the market”
The judges were impressed by Gaist’s passion, vision and ambitious commitment to technological innovation, adding that they believed HighwayView offered a massive improvement on similar survey data and software packages already on the market.
The panel went on to commend Gaist for undertaking such a survey completely at its own cost and of its own volition.
Though HighwayView is monetised primarily through sales to utility companies, consultants, design agencies and road maintenance companies, the software package and accompanying data is also available free of charge to local authorities.
This altruistic mindset drew particular praise from the judges and helped cement their choice of Gaist as the Technology Supplier of the Year for 2018.
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