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Sydney councils, TfNSW enter AI road program

Asset AI is being deployed in Sydney to assist with road maintenance and other associated operations.

Two more New South Wales councils, as well as a locally based Transport for NSW team will soon participate in a new artificial intelligence (AI) project that aims to increase the efficiency and accuracy of road asset maintenance and operations.

The Asset AI project uses a combination of dash-mounted cameras on council vehicles and sensors to detect, log – and eventually predict – critical road defect issues like damaged signs, faded line markings, potholes and rutting, and escalate them based on severity and safety risk, to council asset maintenance teams.

The application allows councils to easily see the location of each issue detected by Asset AI®, pull up images and severity ratings for defects, and receive an overall rating of the condition of the road network.

Shoalhaven City and Warren Shire councils have just joined the project and are now feeding data into the platform and receiving updates through the system.

The Transport for NSW asset inspection team that carries out quality assurance monitoring of state roads across Sydney will also trial three vehicles fitted with dash-mounted cameras.


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Transport for NSW is leading the project in partnership with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) NSW and ACT Division and City of Canterbury Bankstown.

There’re also another two councils that are preparing to be onboarded; Liverpool Plains Shire and Mid Coast. Another 48 local councils across the state have expressed interest in being a part of the project.

Transport for NSW Executive Director of Road Maintenance and Motorway Partnerships, Matthew Wilson said the program will help to enhance the State’s current quality inspection capabilities and help shift contracted road maintenance programs towards preventative, and ideally predictive maintenance

“Asset AI® is an exciting and ambitious project, and we are now for the first time trailing its use for quality assurance monitoring of our state roads around Sydney,” Wilson said.

“There are nearly 3000 kilometres of state roads around Sydney with 85,000 metres of line markings, 5000 metres of median strips and more than 800 bridges and 18 tunnels.”

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