Scope and objectives of the project
With the aim to reduce workers’ exposure to live traffic and construction machines, increasing the availability of the transport network, reducing the cost of repetitive tasks, and increasing the safety of road users, InfraROB promotes significant advances in automating, robotising and modularizing the construction, upgrade and maintenance of the road infrastructure.
By focussing on the road bed and, particularly, on roads paved with asphalt (the most widely applied type of pavement in Europe, accounting for 90% of all paved roads and highways), the project will develop autonomous robotized systems/machinery for (re)paving, repairing cracks/potholes in the road surface, and line marking.
In addition, it will develop robotized safety systems for workers and road users. It will then develop integrated one-piece precast construction elements for the roadside drainage serving a major degree of modularization in road design and construction/upgrade.
In order to cope with optimal road maintenance planning, the project will furthermore upgrade existing Pavement Management Systems (PMS) to use digital twin models of road networks that track changes of their physical counterparts in real time, to give support for maintenance planning based on dynamic predictive modelling and the acquisition of real-time data on pavement conditions.
Finally, yet evenly important, to provide for the safe and coordinated deployment of automated road maintenance robots, the project will attempt the integration of Pavement Management System (PMS) and Traffic Management System (TMS) solutions in order to allow for a holistic, integrated management of road infrastructure and traffic over the whole lifespan.
Role of Insitu
Insitu´s participation is focused on tasks regarding the development of the integrated PMS and TMS, mainly acting as a hub in the development of connected platforms for the data flow treatment and processing through these systems.
Universidade de Vigo, Rina-C, Universidade do Minho, Insitu, IMC, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Technische Hochschule Koln, Mobile Automation, TPA, NTS, AIPSS, Tiny Mobile Robots, ASFINAG, Comitee for European Construction Equiptment, Fehrl,