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.
IALCCE 2018, The Sixth International Symposium on LIfe-Cycle Civil Engineering.
In our contemporary high-level society, civil engineering structures are expected to be designed to meet long-term requirements related to structural safety, robustness, serviceability, durability and sustainability. Life-cycle civil engineering provides the knowledge and tools to accommodate for these requirements and relates to the design, inspection, monitoring, assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of structures and infrastructures taking into account their lifetime perspective.
The last decades there is a growing awareness of the importance of a life-cycle perspective in civil engineering and challenges exist to tackle the contemporary needs, for example related to the long-term prediction of material behaviour and structural response, the assessment of existing structures, inspection and maintenance strategies, life-cycle optimization, etc. Considering these needs, the objective of the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE) is to promote international cooperation in this field of expertise.
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.