Opus was commissioned to review the client’s current national and international practice with PSMCs

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority sought a review to guide their policy decision on how to proceed in the future with their current Performance Specified Maintenance Contract (PSMC), which is close to termination.

The RTA were challenged with finding the most effective maintenance contract model for their industry environment and their road network assets.  They were clear in the outcomes required and wanted to ensure that the contract model was aligned with their objectives and would deliver ‘value for money’ outcomes.  

Opus’ international team researched and reported on the advantages and disadvantages of various contract frameworks.

The study considered what various road authorities in the Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US, Europe and UK were doing in procuring road maintenance services.

  • Opus has a business presence in most countries that operate these contracts
  • Opus is involved in developing performance specifications
  • Opus manages PSMCs
  • Opus operates as the contractor in PSMCs

Opus provided the following value to the project: 

  • Sharing experiences gained from working with road authorities in other developed countries
  • Providing an independent view on the procurement options based upon Opus’ road asset management knowledge and global experiences
  • Engaging RTA staff through focused and interactive workshops creating valuable insights for all parties

Services provided included:

  • Understanding and documenting the key requirements for procuring road maintenance services
  • International research through Opus’ global network of road asset management practitioners and road agency relationships