Visual Condition Surveys (VCS)

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What is it?

UKPMS VCS includes the industry-recognised Coarse Visual Inspection (CVI), Detailed Visual Inspection (DVI) and Footway Network and Maintenance Surveys (FNS or FMS). These surveys provide a range of coarse or highly detailed condition assessments that are conducted in accordance with accredited standards, as defined by industry-experts.

The surveys enable the collection of comprehensive condition data across all paved infrastructure, whilst ensuring a robust audit regime is in place to ensure survey providers collate data of the highest quality and consistency. UKPMS certification represents the gold-standard for highway condition surveys therefore.

To guarantee the quality and UKPMS compliance of our data, we utilise accredited data collection software, calibrated equipment, and the most experienced UKPMS accredited inspectors

VCS Benefits and Versatility

  • Survey specifications to cover all paved infrastructure assets 
  • Safe survey procedure with minimal disruption to road users
  • Industry-accredited and auditable data trail, allowing for client scrutiny
  • Survey customisable to local requirements 
  • Condition data provided to support maintenance scheme selection and treatment identification
  • Utilises pavement engineering expertise in condition assessment

Why do it?

Our VCS data has a variety of applications to support Asset Managers and Highways Engineers. The data collated can be utilised to drive maintenance scheme identification and prioritisation, condition analysis and mapping, and network-level performance monitoring. The surveys are also very flexible allowing for different information to be collated dependent on client requirements. Options relate to collection of minimal or full Cross-Sectional Position (XSP), carriageway and footway inventory, surface material type, patching and defect cause information to name a few examples.

Why PTS?

PTS are unique within the industry in being able to monitor and report on the progress of survey activity in near real time using our in-house ReGen software. The system affords 24-hour access to clients, allowing data validation, analysis, and delivery to be done seamlessly. Clients can also view network condition using an intuitive Red-Amber-Green styling to provide valuable condition information in rapid timescales.

Complimentary Services

In addition to visual condition surveys, PTS also offer a full suite of UKPMS services including SCANNER and SCRIM. We also provide asset inventory surveys, the new Annual Engineer’s Inspection, and cater to bespoke survey requirements. Looking for post-survey analysis and reporting support, our consultancy team are also able to provide a variety of statutory and tailored consultancy solutions.

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