Leaders from Australia’s infrastructure construction and maintenance industry turned out in force for this year’s Roads Australia National Road Summit, dissecting a range of issues that impact on the industry's performance and success.

Held in Sydney at the end of May, the 2014 Summit brought together 180 industry leaders over a day and a half to discuss key topics ranging from value for money infrastructure and maintenance outsourcing to industry capability and procurement and tendering.

The Summit was officially opened by NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and featured presentations by Transurban's Scott Charlton, Thiess' Bruce Munro, Lend Lease's David Saxelby and Jacobs' Michael Shirley - among others.

Road agency leaders Peter Duncan, Andrew Milazzo, Paul Smith and Peter Todd also provided their frank assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in 2014 and beyond.

Causeway was represented at the event by Paul Madeira EVP Global Business Development, as was our customer DownerMouchel, which has recently started work on the Sydney West Zone contract for the Roads & Maritime department of the New South Wales government. This contract involves the planning, design and delivery of programmes of maintenance and improvement for road and bridge assets on a network of 2,200 lane kilometres. At the heart of the contract management process is Causeway’s Highways & Infrastructure Maintenance software, providing seamless integration with the client’s asset management systems and ensuring efficient management of roads maintenance works orders and jobs through the lifecycle of the contract.

The significance of this Stewardship Maintenance contract, in line with many of the views expressed at the Summit, is that it epitomises the evolution of the road infrastructure market in Australia. This transition from pure road maintenance to intelligent network management will deliver greatly increased efficiency in infrastructure management across Australia’s roads network.

Video highlights: Causeway at Roads Australia 2014

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