Learning from the Past: Predictive Transportation and Infrastructure Management
The traditional approach of planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and replacing infrastructure may need to be revised. Other industries have successfully adopted predictive maintenance and replacement data models, saving considerable resources. The transportation industry can draw inspiration from these success stories, breaking down silos and fostering a connected digital delivery strategy that informs how we manage data for planning, design, construction, and operations.
The human mind alone can’t process the sheer volume of data generated. It forces us to ask ourselves how we extract the right insights to turn the data into usable information. Enter AI and machine learning, enabling us to harness data’s power like never before. AI and modern transport systems must be integrated into the planning phase to achieve a more holistic approach to these project phases.
John MacAdam, administrator and web developer for the Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT), believes transitioning to an integrated AI approach will require overcoming resistance.
“You’re going to have to convince the people who are used to the way of doing things that we have a predicted impact, or some data based on AI. How are they going to trust that more than the conservative, traditional way? I’m not saying we shouldn’t have that direction, but there will be resistance.”
John MacAdam, Administrator and Web Developer, Ohio DOT
Theo Agelopoulos, vice president of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) design and engineering strategy at Autodesk, explains the benefits of AI and machine learning:
“To experience the benefits of this technology, you need lots of strong data, but you also need a platform that provides you with access to run these different types of algorithms to gain insights. The cloud and these emerging technologies like AI and machine learning allow us to transform how we plan, design, build, and operate these assets.”
Theo Agelopoulos, Vice President of AEC Design and Engineering Strategy, Autodesk