Asset Management

Strukton Asset Management Civiel is part of Strukton Civiel and fulfills a pioneering role in maintenance and management. The efficient operation of the main shipping and road network and accompanying systems in the Dutch infrastructure is important for guaranteeing good accessibility and safety. The infrastructure must be managed and maintained in a multidisciplinary way over many years, guaranteeing its availability to all traffic. The demand for management & maintenance in the infra market is increasing in terms of duration, volume and complexity. This is why more and more infrastructure projects with long-term maintenance contracts are appearing on the market. This trend relates to integrated contracts in which the infrastructure (the system) must be available for long periods (for example, 25 years).

Full life cycle

Long-term maintenance contracts are appearing on the market not just for new construction projects and improvement projects but also for existing infrastructure. They are aimed at the full life cycle of structures, from planning, preparation and construction to management, maintenance and phasing out or replacement.

Management and maintenance involve multiple disciplines, such as asphalt maintenance, management of green areas, the maintenance of concrete and joints, guide rails, road markings, sewage systems and noise screens and the maintenance of electrical and maintenance systems.

Surprising our customers with intelligent solutions

Asset management is all about keeping the infrastructure available to the maximum for minimal lifespan costs. To make this possible, the life cycle of the infrastructure to be managed and maintained must be transparent. This is because the life cycle provides an insight into the expected maintenance and costs. The condition of the infrastructure is also inspected for this purpose.

With a transparent life cycle, it is possible to make smarter choices for strategic and tactical maintenance, so that maintenance can be performed preventively with the minimum of disruption and for the lowest possible lifespan costs. This is exactly the type of challenge that Strukton Asset Management Civiel relishes. It is what we specialise in and it is where we like to surprise our clients with intelligent solutions and ideas that can be used in existing − but also new − infrastructure. And the strength of our approach? Combinations. Combining all the knowledge and specialisations in our organisation into one company: Strukton Asset Management Civiel.

Even during the design phase

Asset management is used not only to manage existing infrastructure but also to build new infrastructure. For example, new infrastructure can be closely aligned to existing and new requirements, to the existing infrastructure, and to predicted future needs. In the Design Build Finance Maintain (DBFM) projects, the market has the opportunity to integrated maintenance into the design of infrastructure. The core values for regarding design from a maintenance perspective are reliability, availability, maintainability and safety in combination with minimum lifespan costs. Asset Management occurs when influence is exerted on the design in order to use maintenance management to the optimum.

In practice

Strukton Asset Management Civiel implements long-term integral maintenance contracts not just independently but also in combination with partners. One excellent example of this is the A-lanes A15 project. Strukton is a member of the A-Lanes A15 consortium together with Ballast Nedam, Strabag and John Laing. They are working jointly on widening the A15 motorway between Maasvlakte and Vaanplein. The construction consortium will also be responsible for maintenance over the next 25 years. This involves everything in and around the road, from the asphalt to traffic information, and from lighting to mowing the verge. It actually means that we are taking over road management from our client Rijkswaterstaat. And we are free to decide exactly how we do that as long as we satisfy the requirements and ensure that the road is available for traffic. For every hour that the road is unavailable, we don’t get paid. That is why we have opted to use a sustainable porous asphalt in this project that means that the road lasts for four to five years longer. We are also trying to design everything so that we don’t have to use the actual road when carrying out maintenance. For example, the cameras of the traffic control centre can be folded to the side so that we can repair them on the roadside.

Better for the environment

Long-term maintenance is also important from the perspective of corporate social responsibility. The decision to use smart design and sustainable materials means they don’t have to be replaced so often. This reduces material use, waste and traffic disruption. Maintenance contracts in which we are also responsible for the energy costs will also motivate us to invest in energy-saving installations. Long-term maintenance puts Strukton Civiel’s motto for corporate social responsibility into practice: Thinking in terms of the life expectancy of projects, people and the environment.

Our approach to asset management is an integral approach. We draw up an objective and multiple risk assessment that focuses on economic, safety and health aspects and the effects on the environment and on our reputation. We describe the opportunities and consequences clearly and transparently. That enables our clients to compare the costs of various scenarios and make well-founded decisions.