NAVTEQ assists in route planning for abnormal loads

NAVTEQ assists in route planning for abnormal loads


Paris, France, 24 April 2006 – NAVTEQ is playing a key role in the delivery of the UK Highways Agency’s ESDAL (Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads) internet portal project in providing map data for the route planning element. The first phase in this multi-phase project was launched at the beginning of March following rigorous testing and user pilot trials.

Ultimately, ESDAL will supply a portal for the request as well as planning and notification of Abnormal Indivisible Load (AIL) movements by road. This will provide a common link between hauliers, police, structure owners and the Highways Agency AIL team – and significantly streamline the process for requesting and assessing an AIL movement.

Serco Transport Systems, which was awarded the ESDAL contract by the Highways Agency, chose to use NAVTEQ map data to support the route planning element of the system. Chris Bax, the ESDAL Project Manager at Serco explained, “This is not a conventional routing application and the detailed attributes integrated into the map data are a vital element in route analysis for abnormal loads.”

Phase one provides a web-based route planning system giving access to contact details of all the structure owning authorities and Police forces which would need to be notified of an abnormal load movement.

Internet map display and interaction are provided using Intergraph’s GeoMedia WebMap technology which enables hauliers to simply draw routes directly onto a map. The routes drawn are then used to drive other processes, such as automatically identifying organizations requiring notification. Initially, ESDAL will return a list of contacts for each route; automatic notification will be added in the later phases of implementation.