Intelligent maintenance techniques

We are trialling a new technique to prepare roads for resurfacing that promises to improve safety for road workers, use less water and increase efficiency.

Currently, when repairs are needed to concrete structures, workers use hand-held, high-pressure water jets to prepare the surface. It’s a laborious process that can take many hours. We worked with one of our suppliers to pilot a new automated system called Aqua Prep that combines the latest technology in high pressure water with robotic equipment. It is good for the environment because the technique uses only half the amount of water compared with our existing method, and it completes task much faster. Using techniques such as this more widely will improve safety and shorten roadworks, reducing disruption for road users.