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A fully automatic method and apparatus for economical and long-lasting patching of potholes

Objective

Pothole repair in road networks is one of the most commonly performed operation for most road maintenance teams, especially in areas where cold winters and wet springs contribute to accelerated road surface breakup ever year. The poor condition and lack of maintenance of European roads contribute to at least one third of all accidents each year, and accounting to 52.7% of fatalities in 2011. Potholes also hold the distinction of being the most aggravating road distress to the traveling public in general.

Pothole repair generally accounts for a significant portion of transportation departments’ operating budget, with more than €1,2 billion being directly attributed to fill nearly 20 million potholes in Europe during 2011, but only half of Europe's potholes were treated. This can be attributed to the high initial costs associated with maintenance activities, the historically poor performance of patching which often necessitates additional maintenance work, and the exorbitant safety and legal costs associated with the need for traffic control of these activities. As such, any improvements or advancements in this area could result in substantial cost savings.

As a response to this need, a potholer repair method that will significantly reduce the direct costs (cost of repair) and indirect costs (cost of user compensation, traffic disrupts, etc.) associated with road maintenance activities is required. Specifically, increased effectiveness and better productivity during pothole repair and enhanced longevity of potholes use are required.

The proposed solution is to develop a fully automatic, via robotic vision and computer-control, and adaptive, via an expert system, pothole repair system with integrated quality assurance mechanisms, as well as a new, robust patch material blend - an emulsified asphalt emulsion - that lend itself to the automatic process and demonstrates excellent performance.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 47 600
Administrative Contact
Paul Tattersall (Mr.)

Participants (6)

INSTARMAC GROUP PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 322 326,50
Address
Danny Morson Way Birch Coppice Business Park Dordon
B78 1SE Tamworth Staffordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Boniface (Mr.)
ECOASFALT SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 278 705,50
Address
Avenida De La Carrera 3-2 Planta
28223 Pozuelo De Alarcon Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ernesto Mencia (Mr.)
MUG MUHENDISLIK SURDURULEBILIR KALKINMA PROJE VE DANISMANLIK HIZMETLERI SANAYI VE TICARET LTD STI SANAYISUBESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 206 297,50
Address
Ivedik Osb Ozanadolu Sanayi Sitesi
06530 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Can Akar (Mr.)
HISBIM HISARLAR BILGI VE INOVASYONMERKEZI SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIMSIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 207 370,50
Address
Teknopark Yazilim Kule Kat 2 Organize Sanayi Bolgesi Teknoloji Gelistirme Bolgesi
26110 Eskisehir
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Taskin Kizil (Mr.)
INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 24 400
Address
Ioannoy Metaxa 59
19400 Koropi Attikis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Panos Chatzakos (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 28 300
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Dr.)