ECPPM 2022
Conference paper

Towards European standardization of digitalization approaches for monitoring and safety of bridges and tunnels

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This paper reports about preparatory work for future standardization that is carried out through an EU coordination and support action titled IM-SAFE. It focuses on applied digital technologies for monitoring and safety, including predictive maintenance of bridges and tunnels. Amidst the improved affordability of digitalization technologies and techniques, the biggest challenge in monitoring and maintenance of bridges and tunnels is no longer about collecting data as much as possible, but about obtaining and exploiting meaningful data throughout the lifecycle of the built assets. An effective and efficient data-driven approach is important to allow both human experts and computers to make accurate diagnostics, predictions, and decisions. Further standardization is seen as an important part to reach that goal. The work in IM-SAFE related to ICT standardization focuses on the following topics: (1) the general requirements and pre-conditions for high-quality and cost-effective acquisition, transmission, storage and processing of monitoring datasets to ensure the data is fully accessible and machine-interpretable; (2) the relations between the future standards in structural engineering with the open ICT standards for interoperability, especially on Internet of Things (IoT), Building Information Model (BIM), Geographical Information System (GIS), and Semantic Linked Data (LD); (3) a common design of IT platforms to manage monitoring and asset management data of transport infrastructures; (4) the ways to facilitate data analytics technologies, including AI, to be applied for monitoring and asset management of transport infrastructures, and to assess the added value of data-driven approach next to physics-based modeling. With regard to these topics, this paper reports the outcomes from the expert and stakeholder consultations that recently took place within the IM-SAFE pan-European Community of Practice.


14 Sep 2022


ECPPM 2022