Development of a Risk-Based Asset Management System to Improve the Resilience and Affordability of Roads and Bridges. Dominica

SERVICE Development of a risk-based road asset management system
DATE 2017-2018

The Common Wealth of Dominica is an island country in the Caribbean, which belongs to the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Due to its geographical location it is subject to hurricanes and tropical storms with a high recurrence. The road infrastructure composed by approximately 1,000 km is distributed mainly on the perimeter of the island due to the volcanic and mountainous nature of the interior. This marked orography together with the mentioned exposure, makes the infrastructure particularly vulnerable to flashfloods and landslides.

Seeking to help in the decision-making process for increasing the road infrastructure resilience, the World Bank allocated funds for the development of this project in which, a sustainable risk-based asset management system solution, together with a capacity building exercise was undertaken. The development of the web-based tool required understanding the Ministry of Public Works and Ports (MoPWP) internal organization and planning to tailor the solution to their needs. Additionally, it required conducting a full survey of the entire road network, including pavements, bridges, earthworks, drainage and furniture.

The tool is supported by a phone application to collect information related with the condition of the assets periodically and which is automatically connected  to the web system to update the different Key Performance Indicators defined to assist in the decision-making process.

A capacity building exercise was undertaken all along the project, involving the different stakeholders and ensuring the continuity of the operation.