Stage 4: Commission and Assessment

Strategic Actions associated with this stage. This step signifies the hand over point from the innovation provider to the Agency. This step aims to optimise the overall performance of the innovation through a period of calibration and fine tuning. This stage includes the overall innovation’s commissioning, its calibration and fine tuning and subsequent assessment in accordance with the predefined assessment framework. Through this stage it is unlikely that a pilot will be terminated however unforeseen results may become apparent with any pilot. The business case should be reviewed to ensure that assumptions made are still valid. The continuous monitoring and assessment of the pilot is an integral element of this stage and any adverse occurrences should be rapidly identified. Response to such situations, particularly those in connection with safety and the environments, must be swiftly implemented and appropriate consideration given to the termination or modification of the pilot. Typical outputs that might be expected from this stage. Stage 3 Stage 2 Stage 5 Stage 5 Yes No

Step 4.1 - Commission

NB This step must only commence following the successful completion of all steps within stage 3.

Following the successful validation of the innovation within Stage 3, against its specification, this step signifies acceptance by the Agency that all of the provider’s obligations have been satisfied. At this point, with the exception of any warranty obligations, the innovation is now the responsibility of the HA.

Within this step the overall responsibilities will pass from the implementation team to the operations and assessment team. For smaller pilots this may be the same individuals however the roles and responsibilities could be significantly different. Prior to commissioning the implementation team will focus upon the successful delivery of the innovation according to the requirements specification

Depending upon the scale of the pilot this step may be staggered enabling partial acceptance of specified elements of the pilot. In such situations it is essential to precisely define the overall roles and responsibilities.

Close liaison between the implementation team and the operational and assessment team is very important to ensure the successful transition. Roles and responsibilities for all teams involved should be clearly defined and accepted by all parties. The Highways Agency Ramp Metering Deployment Plan[HA 2005C] provides an example of the considerations in this area.