The CAREC Institute has completed a four-day capacity building online event during 10-13 August 2020, on road asset management (RAM) and RAM system targeting senior government officials and experts from ministries of transport, rural development, public infrastructure, and other relevant state agencies of the CAREC countries. The workshop was led by Dr. Ian Greenwood, a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers New Zealand, and author of several internationally renowned RAM manuals.
The workshop was interactive, and participant centered. Expert discussions deliberated on the overall lifecycle of managing assets, particularly those vulnerable to the changing climate. The workshop highlighted the necessity for systematic asset management for all public infrastructures built or acquired at high or low costs. There were extended discussions on effective methods of data collection and their essential role in running RAM systems. International best practice examples were drawn down to CAREC regional and national levels in the context of the CAREC Transport Strategy 2030. Overall, RAM looks at optimizing levels and allocation of road maintenance funding, and it is as much about sustainable road maintenance as it is about minimizing the cost to road users.
The workshop materials are stored on the CAREC Institute e-Learning platform which is an online space for target audience and other interested parties to attend workshops virtually, access materials, take quizzes, and apply for e-certificates.