Innovative solutions for roads affected by climate change


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Ferrovial Agroman works on the Infra – Adapt project which aims to find innovative solutions to adapt to the meteorological changes in road infrastructure, based on the BIM methodology.

Infra- Adapt is a BIM project fostered by Ferrovial Agroman’s R&D Department which seeks to develop innovative solutions for highway and road infrastructures to adapt to meteorological adversities consequence of climate change impact (rain, flooding, droughts, oil erosion…).

In order to do so, a BIM model is globally and effectively applied to manage information throughout the different phases of the construction lifecycle. Through massive data capturing and the development of algorithms, Infra-Adapt aims at automatically transforming data into standard formats, such as IFC,  to, then, generate and manage risk predictions (vulnerability, early alerts) based on the collected data.

The main benefits expected from this Project are:

  • BIM technology (digitalization, risk management strategies) to ease decision making, which can be applied throughout the whole infrastructure cycle (planning, design, construction, operation.)
  • Reduction of operation costs: effective maintenance, adaptable to changes.
  • Resource optimization in inventory, maintenance and emergencies.
  • Intelligent, sustainable and integrated transport system
  • Reduce potential business interruptions due to severe weather events, thus reducing social damage and also economic loss.

This BIM project belongs in 2016’s FEDER-Innterconecta and is cofounded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology and the European Union through the Structural Funds for Regional Development for innovative projects within the European regions. Ferrovial Agroman will count on the collaboration of Tecnalia, Spain’s first center dedicated to the development of the economic and social environment and one of the most innovative in Europe, and University of Vigo (Spain), technological entity focused on applied Engineering and Architecture and specialized in laser scan, both mobile and static, drones, thermography and georradar. Infra-Adapt is expected be carried out until the end of 2018.

For more information on Ferrovial’s work with BIM, visit our blog


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