In September 2018, the EU research project SAFEWAY started with the main objective of keeping European roads and railways robust in the future against climate change and safety risks through human intervention. Why is SAFEWAY important and what will it bring us?
Climate change has an increasing impact on our daily lives due to higher temperatures, higher temperature differences, increased storms, heavy rainfall and periods of drought. Our roads and railways also suffer from extreme weather and aging. This natural phenomenon, together with higher traffic loads and risks of attacks, is a serious threat to infrastructure in Europe. Owners and managers of infrastructure must therefore be able to react faster and more adequately to incidents, and be able to respond more effectively to dynamic maintenance plans.
Traditional calculation models in these changing circumstances offer insufficient insight and support in decision-making in relation to risks and costs related to the measures for the sustainable functioning of our infrastructure. There is an urgent need for reliable analysis on the basis of long-term statistics and inspection data as well as real-time data via satellites, sensors, car navigation and social media. To meet this need, the EU project SAFEWAY develops innovative methods and tools for predictive maintenance by using Big Data analytics in combination with 3D geo-information (GIS) technology.
As a core partner in the project consortium with a total of 16 international partners, DEMO is responsible for the development of a new information management system for robust infrastructure. In the Netherlands, this research project is supported by TomTom, Rijkswaterstaat, Province of Noord-Holland, Van Gelder, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and ProRail.
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