Roughan & O'Donovan Innovative Solutions (ROD-IS) is one of a consortium of 15 partners involved in a new EU-funded project, Safe 10-T Rail.

The project aims to provide a means of eradicating sudden infrastructure failures by implementing remote sensing techniques and wireless sensor networks.

The project kicked off in May 2017.

European research team

The project brings together a research team of civil engineers, computer scientists, big data managers and sociologists from the Netherlands, Ireland, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.

The team provides expertise in:

  • Risk based assessment of infrastructure
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Data management

It will work collaboratively with infrastructure managers from:

  • Network Rail
  • Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
  • Croatian Railways

Prediction Framework

The team will develop a safety and maintenance prediction framework for critical road, rail and inland waterway infrastructure. 

The framework will allow the:

  • Detection of failures to infrastructure before they occur
  • Identification of highly stressed zones at risk of deterioration

Role of ROD-IS

Joe Kelly, director, ROD-IS, confirmed that:

ROD-IS researchers will be developing protocols for advanced, real-time condition assessments of transport infrastructure assets.


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