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June 1, 2012
MaineDOT Selects Deighton for New Asset Management Initiative
by Chip Getchell, P.E., Director of Asset Services, MaineDOT

MaineDOT recently contracted with Deighton Associates to provide comprehensive asset management services for all of its hard assets, beginning with highways and bridges. This continues Maine’s twenty-two year relationship with Deighton; MaineDOT currently uses dTIMS CT for pavement management.

Over the last three years, MaineDOT has prioritized its highway system into six tiers (Highway Corridor Priorities) and developed Customer Service Levels for each tier using a simple A – F grading framework. The Maine Legislature enacted performance goals using this framework and directed MaineDOT to report biennially on progress towards these goals. More information can be found at http://www.maine.gov/mdot/about/assets/hwy/.

We are very excited to begin extending dTIMS analytical capabilities beyond pavement management, and look forward to integrating its analysis into key business processes. We are also developing similar asset priorities and Customer Service Levels for non-highway facilities such as transit, rail and air – and will be working with Deighton to include them in dTIMS CT, WF, and MD. This will allow us to better manage our entire portfolio of assets and allocate scarce resources to maximize customer satisfaction across modes.

International Road Federation Caribbean Congress
by Arif Rafiq, Deighton

Over 200 delegates from 31 countries took part in the opening of the 1st IRF Caribbean Regional Congress, a new platform for dialogue at the service of a region with fast-evolving infrastructure needs. Deighton sponsored this well attended event in Montego Bay, Jamaica along with other industry leaders who want to support the Caribbean nations in their Asset Management and Safety Improvement initiatives.

The event was split into two tracks: Safety and Asset Management; two topics the Caribbean nations have agreed are of paramount importance for the region. Many of these small island nations are faced with budget shortfalls much like many other agencies worldwide. Funding for safety and the continued maintenance of the roadway network is rarely sufficient, which has brought these concepts to the forefront of Caribbean roadway management.

Being an international leader in Asset Management with software implementations in 5 continents around the world, Deighton can help provide global experience to support the Caribbean with their Safety and Asset Management initiatives.

Deighton Bike Team Rides for Heart
by Craig German, Deighton

On June 3rd, the Deighton Bike Team will participate in the 25th anniversary Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart. This event is Canada’s largest charity cycling event. Who could resist the opportunity to ride traffic-free along the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway through the heart of Toronto!

The Deighton Team will ride the 50km route and so far have raised in excess of $1100.00 to support vital research and programs to help eliminate heart disease and stroke. Members of the team include: Craig German, Peggy Cerrone, Rob Piane, Arif Rafiq, Donna Rafiq, Tracey Strong, Jeff Zavistki, Jayne Zavitski, Jonathan Zavitski and Melanie Zavitski. Great work team!

DUC Update
by Craig German, Deighton

The Deighton User Conference (DUC) is just over a month away. Its still not to late to register. We want to remind those that have registered to reserve your hotel accommodations.

Deighton has secured a block of rooms at the Marriott, in Whitby. They have provided a discounted rate to attendees who book accommodations directly through the hotel prior to the Deighton cut off date (June 27). Space is limited, so be sure to book early.

  • Room Rate: $125.00 + 13% tax
  • Internet Access: wireless access included
  • Release Date: June 27, 2012
  • Breakfast: hot buffet included
  • Phone: 905.444.9756

If you are presenting at DUC 2012 please submit a very brief abstract of your presentation to Craig German. These will be included in the DUC Pocket Guide that each attendee will receive. If you require a copy of the DUC Agenda please email Peggy Cerrone.

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