The asset inspection process is part of an overall cycle of risk and performance based asset management being developed by the Environment Agency under the Asset Performance Tools programme. This programme is translating previous research into practical guidance that can be used by all flood and coastal risk management authorities.
The tiered framework provides tested methods to integrate key activities in the assessment cycle, directing the user to the appropriate level of activity according to the level of risk.
This research shows that inspections can be targeted to need and interventions can be timed relative to the risk of expensive asset failure, rather than dictated by routine alone. Inspections are driven by a considered balance of investment and flood risk, offering the greatest impact on risk reduction at least cost.