Taking the Namibian Road Management System to the next level
The Road Management System of Namibia Roads Authority has been in operation since 1998, with continuous updating and maintenance throughout this period. The System, utilizing both international acceptable methodologies and local experience, is considered one of the most successful systems in Africa. RMS of Namibia has been in a leading role because of adhering to international standards but in a localized context. It can assist many developing countries to take this system as a prototype for their own development. The current system consists of several sub-systems, all integrated and accessible from one front end to assist the organization with strategic planning, tactical planning, design and project management. The continuous operation of the RMS, feedback from different levels of management and the international drive towards total asset management has highlighted specific needs to take the system to the next level. This paper summarizes the structure and functions of the existing system, highlights the benefits of continuous operation and system maintenance and then focuses on four main identified improvements namely, converting priorities to practical work programs, relevant key performance indicators and rationale for selected targets, balancing funding between new roads and maintaining existing ones and keeping track of ideal funding requirements, approved budgets, annual expenditure and impact thereof. It is called Network Integration Module version III.