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Asset management exercise on-going at Telok Melano-Sematan stretch

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, Kuching: Effort is now on-going to verify assets and inventory at the completed Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak (PBHS) Telok Melano-Sematan stretch (Works Package 01).

According to LBU Acting Head of Operation Mohd Fauzi Mat Wazir, the exercise is to provide the Government with verification of the highway asset and inventory, location, condition and defect management. The asset management exercise began last week, and is expected to take till February next year to complete.

“The asset that we are tagging include bridges, culverts, slopes, drainage and road furniture. These are tagged according to the Government’s own asset tagging system, SKATA. Once the exercise is completed, all asset will be tagged, with their attributes, hierarchy information and condition recorded and verified in the Integrated Highway Management System (IHMS),” said Fauzi.

On explaining how the exercise is being carried out, Fauzi said engineers collect data at site. “This inspection is done visually and systematically on every asset along the stretch. The asset location is identified using Global Positioning System (GPS) while dimension measurements, sketches and photographs are recorded using an inspection tablet pre-installed with IHMS software and inspection form.

Being the first of its kind in Sarawak and possibly Malaysia, the IHMS for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak seeks to meet several objectives - ensure efficiency and performance of the highway for road users, in addition to supporting the State’s economic growth and delivering better environmental outcomes. IHMS complements the Integrated Project Management System (IPMS) used by LBU for PBHS.

“Asset management starts with knowing what and where your assets are. Technology is helping us to better plan for the operation and maintenance of these assets in an efficient and effective way so that the Highway can function in a good condition for a longer time,” Fauzi said.