AIMEN PARTICIPATES IN THE ASSETS4RAIL PROJECT. A EUROPEAN INITIATIVE WHICH WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE MODAL SHIFT TO RAIL BY EXPLORING, ADAPTING AND TESTING CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGIES FOR RAILWAY ASSET MONITORING AND MAINTENANCE.
ASSETS4RAIL shares the Shift2rail view of having an ageing European railway infrastructure that needs to cope with the expected increased traffic in the future. To achieve this, we need an improvement in technology and a cost-effective maintenance and intervention system for infrastructure inspection and monitoring.
The main objective of the project is to develop a set of cost efficient, innovative and asset specific measuring and monitoring devices. These will not only collect and deliver the status data of the railway system (tunnel, bridges, track geometry/safety systems/rolling stock) but also process and analyse the information in Building information Models with integrated algorithms to generate relevant maintenance infrastructure-related information to support asset management decisions.
The initiative has 2 work lines: the first aims to find the most accurate methods to inspect tunnels, bridges and tunnel walls for their correct analysis and integration into management system based on BIM (Building Information Modeling); and the second, in which AIMEN is working directly, seeks to develop a monitoring system for train carriages and track geometry which helps to prevent risks and serious failures in the infrastructures.
The project is led by Eurecat and 19 partners from 10 countries participate in its development. It has a budget of 4.7 million euros and is funded* by the European Commission.
AIMEN brings its expertise in developing monitoring systems, computer vision systems and Artificial Intelligence, leading the development of imaging train monitoring systems.
*This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 826250 The content of this document reflects only the author’s view – the Joint Undertaking is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. The users use the information at their sole risk and liability.