INTERLINK has been announced as the winner of the Special Distinction 2018 buildingSMART Special Award for its application of BIM in a major international road asset management project.
INTERLINK was selected to win the award for its digital ways of working within a two-year research project for the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR).
The project, which started in September 2016, was conceived to explore how open information management and the application of open BIM-standards could benefit the delivery and operation of road infrastructure projects across Europe by using a European Road Object Type Library (OTL).
The aim is to enable the National Roads Authorities to digitally share data and experience to improve operations Europe-wide.
INTERLINK is now engaging with the National Roads Authorities of the 26 European members of CEDR via a series of roadshows, as well as industry representatives including contractors, academics, consultants and software developers, to share the results of the project.
Daan Alsem, as INTERLINK member Royal HaskoningDHV, said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected to win this prestigious award. This has been a significant development for our industry and it’s highly rewarding to have our work celebrated in this way.
“Our objective was to deliver an innovative approach in interoperability by linking existing open standards with the use of Linked Data and Semantic Web, which we successfully tested. Our next step will be to demonstrate this CEDR-INTERLINK approach to the European National Roads Authorities, and then begin to provide the linked data platform as a service.”
INTERLINK comprises a research institute (TNO from the Netherlands), engineering and asset management consultants (Royal HaskoningDHV from the Netherlands and ROD from Ireland), ICT consultants and software companies (AEC3 from Germany, Trimble Solutions Sandvika from Norway, interactive instruments from Germany, and Semmtech from the Netherlands), and a national BIM implementation body (planen-bauen 4.0 from Germany).
buildingSMART describes itself as a worldwide authority, driving transformation in construction through the creation of open, international BIM-standards.
The buildingSMART award organisers reported a record-breaking number of submissions for the 2018 awards. Winners were announced at the International Standards Summit in Tokyo on Tuesday 16 October 2018.
Development of an European Road OTL and open exchange standard.
In September 2016 INTERLINK commenced a two-year CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads) research project into the use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) for information management during the delivery and operation of civil infrastructure. The consortium commissioned for the project, entitled INTERLINK, comprises a research institute (TNO from the Netherlands), engineering and asset management consultants (ROD from Ireland and Royal HaskoningDHV from the Netherlands), ICT consultants and software companies (AEC3 from Germany, Trimble Solutions Sandvika from Norway, interactive instruments from Germany, and Semmtech from the Netherlands), and a national BIM implementation body (planen-bauen 4.0 from Germany).
INTERLINK aims to launch a new pan-European initiative to provide NRAs and their supply chain with future-proof information management standards for the delivery and operation of infrastructure assets. The proposed solution will use the cutting-edge capabilities of Linked Data for a proposed European Road Object-Type Library. This approach will result in a system that is: 100% software vendor-neutral and open; applicable to the whole life-cycle and supply-chain of infrastructure assets; and focused on data exchange and sharing. Powerful Semantic Web technology will be applied to express infrastructure asset object-based information and knowledge on a European level. The system will be designed to integrate and reuse any existing and forthcoming BIM standards in flexible ways, thereby minimising obsolescence of earlier investments by NRAs.
This project has the following four sub-themes:
The first phase of the project will involve extensive engagement with NRA asset managers and project managers, contractors, academics, consultants and software developers (sub-themes A and B). This will lead to a clear understanding of the current and future needs for how asset information is produced, formatted, accessed and processed for various life-cycle stages, contract-types and asset-types in European counties. After that a Proof of Concept will be developed and tests will be executed, linked to existing road information systems in four countries (sub-themes C and D). The European Road OTL will be freely available for other road information systems and will be introduced in national and international standardisation initiatives.
Bart Luiten and Aonghus O'Keeffe are presenting at a Construction IT Alliance event in Dublin on May 16th. The event title is Ireland’s Committment to a Common Collaborative Framework of Open BIM Standards. It is one of a series of event on Digital Transition. Our presentation is entitled The INTERLINK Approach – Using open standards for road asset information management.