Morrison Water Services, a part of M Group Services, is revolutionising the management of its water infrastructure streetworks operations after partnering with traffic management technology specialist, one.network, to develop a fully integrated, cloud-based traffic management platform.
The one.network platform is enabling Morrison Water Services’ repair and maintenance (R&M) planning teams working on behalf of Yorkshire Water to plan, manage and communicate fast, accurate information on streetworks. Providing a ‘virtual survey’ view of operational sites, offering full visibility of risk factors, the platform acts a central repository of traffic management plans that can be accessed ‘on the ground’ and out-of-hours.
The platform’s ‘Works Planning’ and ‘Traffic Management’ modules are delivering significant service delivery, efficiency and customer benefits, with new levels of mapping intelligence and a ‘virtual’ approach to work planning that reduces the risk of rework and potential customer disruption.
Andrew Bailey, Morrison Water Services Head of Streetworks, Noticing and Permitting for the Yorkshire Water contract, commented: “By enabling our teams to communicate works more efficiently and clearly, this innovation is further strengthening our relationships with highways authorities and other key stakeholders.
“Creating a traffic management plan would have previously taken a week but can now be done in under 12 minutes. Our initial aim for the Yorkshire Water contract was to deliver thirty to forty per cent of our traffic management plans via the platform within the first 12 months, but the success of the project has meant that we are now delivering approximately eighty per cent.”
Morrison Water Services and one.network first joined forces in 2008 to create a bespoke works planning solution, developed in partnership with Yorkshire Water. The solution brought together multiple data layers to enable planning teams to rapidly risk-assess work sites earlier in the planning process, enabling more informed decisions around earliest start dates, traffic management, scheduling, permitting and traffic delay mitigation.
Matt Bright, Business Development Manager at one.network, commented: “As an early adopter who is comfortable using technology to accelerate its business goals, Morrison Water Services is one of the most progressive water infrastructure contractors in the UK.
“Further development of this platform will include one.network’s newest module, Traffic Replay, that will allow teams to view historical traffic data and flow patterns anywhere on the network to enable more intelligent planning and improved traffic management planning decisions.”