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Process mapping for road works planning and coordination

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posted on 07.03.2017, 14:36 by Rizwana S. Hussain, Kirti Ruikar, Marcus Enoch, Nigel T. Brien, David J. Gartside
Purpose Diminishing local government budgets and the need to reduce highway works activities necessitate cost effective and efficient processes. This paper investigates streamlining road works administrative processes to enhance coordinated working at Derby City Council. Design/methodology/approach Case study research of a local authority was undertaken using Business Process Mapping. Specifically, Swimlane analysis enabled re-engineering of business processes from design stage, to works permit issuance. Process improvement recommendations were validated by nine industry experts through a focus group and semi-structured interviews. A logic map was developed for transferability to other Councils, identifying key attributes for a successful administrative road works management process. Findings Research revealed inherent silo working and processes built around fragmented IT systems creating process inefficiency. Validation found numerous practices and management styles were culturally embedded and common across Councils. Peer reviewed recommendations are made to improve working practices, including improving IT systems, removing process bottlenecks, and training staff. Research implications Whilst road works management policy is generally under-researched, it’s strategic and negative impacts are widely acknowledged. This study highlights the day-to-day operational problems which are interconnected to the strategic impact, bridging an important gap in knowledge, as well as adding to Business Process Re-engineering literature. Originality/novelty The research adds to a limited of body of road works management policy research, and also presents a high-level logic map for Councils to adopt as appropriate.

Funding

This work was funded by the ESPRC (grant number EP/G037272/1) and Derby City Council.

History

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

Volume

7

Issue

2

Pages

157-172

Citation

HUSSAIN, R.S. ... et al, 2017. Process mapping for road works planning and coordination. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 7 (2), pp.157-172

Publisher

Emerald Publishing Limited (© Rizwana Shaheen Hussain, Kirti Ruikar, Marcus P. Enoch, Nigel Brien and David Gartside)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/02/2017

Publication date

2017-05-11

Copyright date

2017

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ISSN

2044-124X

Language

en

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