Data plan launched to guide infrastructure projects
A new National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan (Data Plan), developed by The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has been launched to provide a blueprint for gathering, processing and using data to plan major national infrastructure projects.
The Data Plan improves and coordinates information and data collection across key transport and infrastructure stakeholders, and provides improved and more timely information for infrastructure investment decisions and monitoring of the performance of Australia's infrastructure networks.
The Data Plan sets out how data can be selectively gathered and used to guide better decision making by governments, industry and individuals.
An example is a project which uses GPS data shared by freight operators to better understand where congestion is impacting freight movements.
The plan identifies infrastructure data and information gaps and outlines priority projects aimed at better utilising data to help with infrastructure investment decision making and monitoring the performance of Australia's infrastructure networks.
Projects that are part of the Data Plan involve the collection and use of new and innovative infrastructure data generated by public and private transport and logistics industry enterprises.
An interactive online Infrastructure Performance Dashboard that summarises transport, telecommunications, water and energy data is also being implemented to provide infrastructure users and decision makers with a better understanding of how these infrastructure networks are performing.
The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) developed the Data Plan with assistance from an expert Steering Group made up of infrastructure and transport experts from the public sector, industry and academia.
The Data Plan and further details on the project are available here.