Maintenance schedules

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A maintenance schedule identifies planned maintenance for each path or path network. It includes an inspection regime and planned maintenance tasks. The schedule will also include responsibility, budget and reporting procedures.

Maintenance scheduling can be assisted by geographic information systems (GIS). They can be used to locate paths and also features on paths which require maintenance. This enables a comprehensive database to be set up to identify what is on the ground and what maintenance is required. Computer based management systems, such as CAMS (Countryside Access Management System), can then be linked to GIS to plan maintenance tasks and monitor works and expenditure. However, before investing time, training and resources in a monitoring system, make sure it will be suited to your needs – a simple spreadsheet and a paper map could be enough for your situation.

When preparing a maintenance schedule, consider the following aspects:

  • Responsibilities (who has to do what)
  • Inspection regime (what to look for, where and when to inspect)
  • Schedule of routine tasks (what to do, how often and who is to do them)

Also, consider:

  • Reporting procedures (what is the problem, what to correct and what further action is required if any)
  • Provision and action plan for emergencies and repairs

The table (below) is a example schedule covering all the maintenance tasks as well as inspections. A schedule like this can be adapted for one path or network of paths. This must be done with care, as each path is different.

maintenance schedule

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