We have recently returned from a trip to Kazakhstan where we oversaw the mobilisation of the Data Collection Consultant for the Asian Development Bank’s Road Maintenance Sustainability Project. The work is being undertaken by a Joint Venture of Studi e Pianificazione del Territorio S.r.l. (SPT) and Kazdornii, the Kazakhstan Highway Research Institute. The assignment includes the technical and mechanical surveys of over 1000km of roads in Kostanay Oblast. The information from these surveys will be used to provide a baseline for the Performance Based Road Maintenance Contracts, which are currently being prepared, and will provide detailed inputs for the design of pavement life cycle treatments. The data collected will also be used in the HDM-4 economic analysis for the project. It is expected that the surveys will be completed by the end of September 2017.