Route Optimization is a bespoke consultancy service that specializes in the development of winter treatment routes in order to optimize resources and comply with best practice.
Vaisala Route Optimization is a bespoke, impartial and comprehensive winter maintenance consultancy service. It specializes in the development of winter treatment routes, to meet a range of targets, including cost reduction, selective treatment plans and resource reallocation.
The Route Optimization service is easily configurable to specific customer requirements. Precautionary (anti-icing), reactive (de-icing) and snow ploughing treatment regimes are all accommodated, as are pre-wetted and dry spreading methodologies.
Vaisala’s Route Optimization team has over a decade’s experience of designing anti-icing, de-icing and ploughing routes in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Whilst sophisticated computer tools are employed during the contract process, experience has shown that the production of successful routes is a two way process, requiring the additional flexibility of skilled personnel offering face-to-face consultation and advice. Vaisala's Route Optimization service offers the benefits of extensive in-house expertise, from highway engineers and GIS specialists to professional meteorologists and vehicle specialists.
The Route Optimization team act in partnership with the service provider to ensure that new routes meet all legislative guidelines and any other desired targets or benchmarks. Regular feedback loops allow stakeholders the opportunity for input during the design process, ensuring that the finalized routes are operationally acceptable to all.
The initial stages of a Route Optimization project will typically involve a review of current client operations to assess which alternative operational scenarios provide the best opportunities for savings. Typically, route design will commence after this review has been completed. However, this initial review can also be commissioned separately to deliver an independent consultancy report detailing current levels of service. This can be an invaluable method of benchmarking existing treatment regimes, and can be used as the framework for developing
a structured series of future recommendations and actions.
In the ever-changing field of winter maintenance, service providers are continually expected to improve levels of service whilst rarely being provided with the budgets to match. Regular legislative changes also provide new challenges for the service provider, often stretching resources further still. Although authorities are expected to make best use of their resources by adhering to the broad principles of 'Best Value', often a lack of any coherent Performance Indicators can make it difficult for an authority to benchmark its current level of service against what is considered best practice.
Vaisala’s position at the forefront of winter service solutions means it is uniquely placed to offer customers the benefits of its extensive global experience in lieu of any effective performance benchmarks.
A typical consultancy review will address issues such as network coverage; conformity with neighboring authorities; treatment materials and storage; treatment criteria; depot and fleet review; calibration issues; effectiveness of the ice prediction system; scope for potential savings via Route Optimization, and any other areas requested by the client. All reviews will set out a structured series of recommendations designed to add value to winter services and provide ongoing savings in the short, medium and long term.
An ever-growing number of authorities are asking Vaisala to help benchmark their current levels of service, and to help seek out innovative solutions to local circumstances with a view towards achieving best practice in winter maintenance. A Vaisala consultancy review will provide stakeholders with greater confidence that the services being delivered represent the best possible use of available resources, and if this isn’t currently the case, what steps need to be taken to achieve this standard.