Dutch multinational public company Fugro has secured a new four-year contract from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to conduct roadway condition assessments throughout the province.

This is the second contract awarded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure selected for Fugro.

The Dutch firm will be responsible for optimising maintenance programmes and will extend the life of roadway assets in the province.

Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure asset management engineer Nichole Andre said: “Successfully preserving Saskatchewan’s extensive network of pavements starts with collecting high quality pavement data.

“Fugro’s data combined with their iVision viewing tool allows us to effectively strategise improvements, reduce time in the field, and optimise our preservation budget.”

For carrying out road assessment works, Fugro will be using its 3D Automatic Road Analyzer (ARAN) survey vehicle and iVision software.

Equipped with cameras, laser systems and other advanced sensors, ARAN will capture georeferenced road surface and right-of-way information at highway speeds.

Meanwhile, its iVision software will deliver images and analysed road data to ministry staff for fast and informed decision-making.

The company noted that it has used ARAN to assess and deliver more than 50,000km of roadway condition assessments in Saskatchewan.

Fugro is currently executing a previous task order awarded by the Saskatchewan authorities, which involves 8,500km of road network. It expects to complete the project by October.

In April, Fugro secured a three-year contract to support the A9 motorway upgrade and expansion project in the Netherlands.