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Moves to set up Accreditation Process to support the Structures Toolkit

16 July 2015

Liz Kirkham, from Gloucestershire County Council and Deputy Chairman of the UK Bridges Board writes in her new capacity as Chair of the Structures Valuation Accreditation Board.  Liz  explains the latest on the Structures Toolkit and the reasons behind the establishment of an accreditation process:

"The Structures Toolkit was originally developed in 2012 by Atkins on behalf of HAMFIG to assist local authorities to complete their 2012/13 infrastructure asset valuations including Gross Replacement Cost (GRC), Depreciated Replacement Cost (DRC), Accumulated Depreciation and Annual Depreciation values for structures.  The Toolkit was updated earlier this year to fully comply with the 2013 edition of the Transport Code and is available to download from the CPIFA website. It is the only recognised tool that local authorities can use to prepare their Whole of Government Accounts submissions.

However, it was always intended that the valuation model within the Toolkit would be a ‘proof of concept’ model that could be adopted by commercial asset management software suppliers within their products.  To support this, the UK Bridges Board (UKBB) has begun to develop an accreditation process that would ensure that the valuation module has been implemented consistently by software suppliers, and that the valuation figures produced are therefore comparable and auditable, regardless of the product used.

The principles behind the accreditation, the proposed governance arrangements and an outline accreditation process have been agreed, and UKBB has established an Accreditation Board comprising myself,  Satbir Gill from Hounslow and Stuart Molyneux from Salford City Council.  The purpose of the Accreditation Board is to oversee the further development and subsequent implementation of the proposed accreditation process.

A workshop will be held with interested software suppliers in Bristol on 14th September 2015 to describe the proposed accreditation process and to seek feedback.  The workshop is expected to consider the viability of implementing the process, what form it will take and how it should be funded.  Based on this feedback, the Accreditation Board will produce a paper for UKBB setting out: how the process would work, the level of interest amongst prospective software suppliers, the level of support needed, any risks or issues, and how the process should be funded.
The UKBB will then be in a position to make an informed decision later this year whether or not to proceed with the accreditation process, and how it would work.

The software supplier workshop is therefore critical in enabling us to hear the views of prospective suppliers and to gauge their level of interest, so that our future direction truly includes the views of the industry.  If you wish to participate in the workshop, or have any questions about the proposed accreditation process, please contact me liz.kirkham@gloucestershire.co.uk"


 

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