New AI-driven asset management for bridges to be used in Australia for first time

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Software systems developer Dynamic Infrastructure has won its first contract in Australia and will deploy an AI-driven predictive technology for maintaining dozens of bridges and infrastructure assets in Horsham Rural City Council in the state of Victoria.

Dynamic Infrastructure has teamed up with the Australian engineering and consulting firm IF3 Pty Ltd, to win the contract to provide the council with a multi-year maintenance license.

Dynamic Infrastructure’s SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) product provides live, cloud-based, risk analysis of any bridge or tunnel and automatically alerts when changes are detected in maintenance and operating conditions – before they develop into large-scale failures. This translates into huge annual savings for the owners, operation and maintenance engineers, and contractors.

Dynamic Infrastructure’s AI-based decision support product automatically processes past and current inspection reports’ photos and other existing visuals, identifying future maintenance risks and evolving defects.

According to Austroads, the collective of the Australian and New Zealand transport agencies, Australian bridges which were built decades ago are subject to an additional load of about 5.6% annually. The annual maintenance expense for 33,500 bridges in Australia is estimated to cost around 100 million Australian dollars and the replacement cost of potentially faulty bridges could run to billions of dollars.

To tackle the large number of old and deteriorating bridges in Australia, the Australian Government has initiated the Bridges Renewal Program. The initiative funds the upgrade and replacement of bridges to improve access for local communities and facilitate better vehicle access. On September 29, 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, announced funding for 205 projects.

“Australia is making enormous efforts to use new technologies to manage and maintain its transportation network. These moves offer huge potential for our company due to their sheer size and large number of infrastructure assets that need to be maintained,” said Saar Dickman, CEO of Dynamic Infrastructure. He adds that the company hopes to close other licensing agreements in various parts of Australia in the coming months.

Dynamic Infrastructure harnesses the power of AI to disrupt operation and maintenance of mega civil infrastructure. Founded by industry professionals with decades of operation and maintenance experience for PPPs and DOTs, Dynamic Infrastructure has become an industry leader and key driver of a data revolution in decision-making processes related to bridge and tunnel operations and maintenance. Headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Germany and Israel, Dynamic Infrastructure maintains a close relationship with its clients. Learn more at http://www.diglobal.tech/.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs in charge of public agencies around the world as well as chairmen and CEOs of multinational transportation technology corporations. Tom's early career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).