Smart flow of information for transport infrastructure
27 April 2020
Triona, Trimble and Ramboll together with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) will start a joint project in Autumn to develop and demonstrate processes and an innovative technical solution to allow automated, streamlined, and open information flows for transport-infrastructure related data.
Within the framework for the strategic innovation program InfraSweden2030, Triona, Trimble, and Ramboll together with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) submitted a project application which has now been approved.
Some background to the project. A great deal of work and investment is been carried out by infrastructure owners to collect data on and the condition of existing assets and introduce BIM technology in new building projects. Infrastructure is a complex area which includes many different disciplines and specialties which is reflected in the required data. The project will develop a technical solution using existing BIM and GIS standards (e.g. IFC, OGC GeoPackage and GML), common classification systems (CoClass), and modern technology like the semantic web following W3C’s recommendations (e.g. RDF, OWL and SPARQL). The solution will demonstrate processes which support an unbroken, streamlined, and where possible, automated dataflow between suppliers of different disciplines and clients/infrastructure owners in all phases of the lifecycle. Regardless of whether the data flow refers to an existing asset or new constructions the data should be able to be linked, complemented, and where necessary modified so that maximum benefits are achieved on usage, e.g. for maintenance and operations in an asset register. The solution which will be developed in the project will show how information can be distributed between actors in these processes to ensure quality-assured and well-documented data is available at the right time according to the required structure. This gives increased possibilities for the common utilization of data in a standard, expandable concept based on established standards and models. We will therefore demonstrate financial benefits, efficiency-, quality-, and sustainability benefits for all stakeholders who manage infrastructure data.
The technology companies Triona, Trimble and Ramboll have services and products for the management of infrastructure data in these processes and with their expertise have participated in a number of research and development projects in this area. Trafikverket and Staten vegvesen are two of the largest infrastructure owners in the Nordics and have therefore a wealth of knowledge about the current situation, requirements, and functional value in this area. Svensk Byggtjänst will manage CoClass and also support the project
The project is completely in line with Triona’s goal to combine industry- and IT specific competence to create efficient solutions that help our customers reach their goals. It’s also a clear example that demonstrates Triona’s mission to create efficient, sustainable, and secure flows of data, energy, goods, and people“