Systeem voor Planning en Informatie Nederland

In order to unify the road works input, management, evaluation and information transfer in The Netherlands, Rijkswaterstaat commissioned Heusch/Boesefeldt GmbH to develop SPIN (Systeem voor Planning en Informatie Nederland).

SPIN enables the staff of Rijkswaterstaat as well as external users such as construction companies to enter road works, to estimate its traffic related impact and to check these with regard to other construction projects, relevant events or whether they are in compliance with the respective guidelines.

For the estimation of traffic related effects congestion lengths, lost times and – based on these parameters – interference classes are determined. In dependence on the interference to be expected additional accompanying measures like the setting up of detours have to be taken. The interactive planning of detour routes on a map as well as the attaching of different information for the public image of the construction project (e.g. letters by local residents, public notices, information for internet platforms) are also supported by SPIN.  

Via a complex workflow management the co-operation between the individual user groups like planners, traffic operators, building contractors, traffic message editors and those responsible on a regional and national level is managed. Applied for road works first of all have to be technically checked and can then be approved by the individual authorities concerned. The communication is done via internal system messages, via another internal chat-like function and via e-mail.

Since March 2013 SPIN, the national road works management system of The Netherlands, is in live operation. The first user group to start operation was long-term planning. Since March 2013 they entered all new road works rough planning as well as the respective construction phases. There was been a transitional period until June 2013 where the predecessor system for the management of road works long-term planning was still working in parallel. Since mid-June, however, SPIN has been the sole tool for the administration of road works long-term planning.

With it the interface to the national data warehouse (NDW) was put into operation.  Via this interface the planning data of the construction phases in DATEX II format are send to be distributed among third parties and to be published.

Since it has taken on the sole operation of the long-term planning the SPIN system is also used by those responsible for the nation-wide validation of the long-term planning in order to check the road works planning and to determine the time frame with restrictions to  traffic disruptions.

For the construction phases detours can be defined via a digital map. These are the also communicated via the DATEX interface. On the basis of the construction phase planning a detour route is suggested by the system.  This route can be modified by the user by defining via points on the map. 

In November 2013 SPIN will also be available for the other user groups. At that point the actual traffic measures and traffic guidance can be entered which is usually done by external construction companies and afterwards checked and released by regional planers. The operators in the regional traffic centres enter the control measures necessary for the traffic safety into the traffic control and information systems and monitor the traffic during the construction measure.

Since March 2013 only a few disturbances occurred. Among other things, this can be attributed to the extensive test phase executed by the customer and the contractor.