21. June 2021

Elop enters R&D partnership with Norwegian Public Roads Administration to develop IT tool for management of concrete structures

Elop has entered into a research and development collaboration with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for the development of Elops Asset Management System (AMS) The system Elop creates will contribute to more efficient and better quality of management of bridges.

Data-driven decisions through analysis from different data sources

The digital collaboration tool will collect data from various sources so that infrastructure owners can prioritize the right measures at the right time, using AI technology. In addition to inspection data, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration wants the system to be able to collect data from factors that affect structures such as weather, road salt, and traffic, through the collection of sensor data and from other data sources. The system will contribute to maintain control of the condition and development of the structures and to prioritise the right measures at the right time to ensure time and cost-effective asset management for owners.

– As the largest owner of infrastructure in Norway, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is the perfect partner for Elop in this project. Mainly because they possess very valuable in-depth knowledge of infrastructure that allows us to develop a tailored tool based on realistic needs, but also because Elop can contribute back with structuring and analysis as well as insight into their systems,” says Øivind Horpestad, Chairman and CEO of Elop.

Tailor-made solution

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration see this as an opportunity to contribute to the development of a system that uses AI technology, and seeks to obtain insight into what opportunities and value creation lie in such a solution.

This collaboration is a chance for The Norwegian Public Roads Administration to influence the development of Elops Asset Management system by for example contributing to the requirement specifications for the solution as well as assist during testing.

“We aim to have the beta version ready for pilot testing together with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration during the first quarter of 2022, but it is still possible for other relevant partners to participate in the project in the start-up phase,” concludes Øivind Horpestad.

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