SC090038 - Asset Performance Tools

Theme:Sustainable Asset Management
Project status:Completed
Start date:15/12/2009
End date:20/07/2011


Through this project we scoped a programme of development and testing to translate recent research on flood and coastal defence asset management into practical and user-focused tools.  These will help the Environment Agency and local authorities be more effective and consistent in the management of their assets.

The Environment Agency and local authorities spend millions of pounds each year maintaining flood defences and erosion protection structures to ensure they perform as needed. This involves activities such as grass-cutting, dredging of watercourses and repair of damage. It is important to carry out maintenance activities in a planned and structured way, ensuring that money is spent where it delivers the greatest reduction in flood risk.

Much research in recent years has focused on improving asset management. In particular, projects such as PAMS (Performance-based Asset Management System) and research programmes such as FRMRC (Flood Risk Management Research Consortium) and FloodSite have developed methods to enable asset managers to understand how their activities influence the performance of the defences. In other words, these methods can show which defences are the most important and therefore require the greatest attention in the form of inspection or physical intervention.

With the scientific concepts now largely developed; the Asset Performance Tools (APT) programme will develop these concepts into practical tools for asset managers. The programme is structured around the asset management activities that it supports:
- inspection
- performance assessment
- asset management planning
- information management

Full details of the proposed APT programme can be found in the SC090038 Asset Performance Tools Inception Report. The report will be of most interest to researchers and consulting engineers/scientists who are considering taking part in the research programme, alongside asset management specialist and practitioners who have a role in managing flood and erosion risk management infrastructure. This includes but is not limited to: local authorities, coastal groups and internal drainage boards. The report is available on request from