Innovation in road maintenance

A comparative study into Dutch and Queensland current practice

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Abstract

The goal of his research is to create insight into the possibilities for facilitating, stimulating and making use of innovation in road maintenance during the contract period. Use is made of two stepping-stones: the Living Building Concept and Queensland current practice. The Living Building Concept prescribes and defines contractor-led innovation. From this a research framework and assessment criteria are derived. It forms the theoretical basis of this research. In order to search for possibilities to improve, Dutch current practice is compared to Queensland current practice. In Queensland over 15 years of experience with road maintenance performance-contracts exists. Taking on a qualitative approach, by means of desk study and interviews respectively, contracts and current practices are investigated. In total, six cases are reviewed, of which three in The Netherlands and three in Queensland.