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iLembe District Municipality Road Asset Management

Our Role

SMEC South Africa has been appointed by iLembe District Municipality (IDM) to provide professional engineering services related to the development of Rural Roads Asset Management, which comprises:

  • Project Management
  • Asset Management
  • Inventory and TMH Road Network Inspections
  • Technical Support
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Project Overview

SMEC was appointed to provide Road Asset Management Support Services to the iLembe District Municipality (IDM). The appointment follows SMEC’s successful completion of a previous Asset Management Project related to the Municipality’s Water & Sanitation Infrastructure.

iLembe is situated on the east coast of South Africa and is one of the 11 district municipalities in the KwaZulu-Natal province. In the south, at the border of the district lies the Unicity of Durban, which is connected by the coastal highway to Richards Bay in the north. As part of a national grant allocation by the Department of Transport, district municipalities have been provided with funding to develop an efficient Rural Roads Asset Management System. This is intended to ultimately provide the municipality with the necessary information and tools to make informed decisions about the maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrade of ageing road infrastructure as well as the development of new roads in the district.

Project scope includes:

  • Development of the district municipality’s road asset management
  • Pavement management
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Traffic and bridge management systems in accordance with Technical Methods for Highways (TMH), South Africa’s technical specification for design.

As part of the appointment, SMEC will upskill a local emerging consulting engineering firm. This skill transfer initiative will be aimed primarily at graduate engineers who will shadow SMEC employees throughout the course of the project, in order to gain experience necessary for their professional registrations. The project has a duration of three years with an envisaged completion date of May 2021.

This project win builds upon SMEC’s successful working relationship with IDM over the last four years, during which time our partnership has resulted in positive audit outcomes related to their municipal infrastructure.

South Africa
Technical Area:
Infrastructure Asset Management – Road Asset Management
The iLembe District Municipality

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