With the current environment of slow economic growth in South Africa as well as the
negative economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic placing additional constraints on the
national fiscus, resources made available for the management of the nation’s economic
infrastructure are even more scarce, stressing the need for asset managers to optimally
apply the limited available funding across asset portfolios.
While methods for allocating limited funding to competing infrastructure across a network
of assets are highly developed for road pavements, current funding allocation methods
defined in the TMH 22 for road structures are primarily based on direct assessments of
condition and urgency from the field assessor and do not incorporate lifecycle
performance, lifecycle cost, or any economic parameters in the prioritisation of expenditure
An alternative funding allocation method using a risk-based lifecycle analysis (RBLA)
focused on achieving the optimal balance in asset performance, cost, and risk (driven by
economic, environmental, and social factors) has been implemented by one of the largest
metropolitan municipalities in South Africa.
This paper compares the projected impact of the two different funding allocation methods
on the long-term performance of road structure asset portfolios using the municipality’s
condition assessment data for general bridges. The comparison is made to investigate and
quantify the benefits arising from adopting the RBLA method under resource constraints
instead of the conventional TMH 22 method.
The RBLA resulted in insignificant changes in overall condition over a five-year
assessment cycle but a notable reduction of risk of 24% when compared to the investment
alternatives identified by the current TMH 22 method of prioritising structures. This
indicates that under constrained funding levels, a higher return in terms of risk reduction
benefits is possible for the same expenditure when implementing RBLA selected
investment alternatives. It is, therefore, recommended that this method be considered by
industry practitioners and further investigated and considered by COTO for improvement
to current industry practices.
Papers presented virtually at the 39th International Southern African Transport Conference on 05 -07 July 2021