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

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.
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Coordinator

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

Address

Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
Le13 0pb Melton Mowbray

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 47 600

Administrative Contact

Paul Tattersall (Mr.)

Participants (6)

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INSTARMAC GROUP PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 322 326,50

ECOASFALT SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 278 705,50

MUG MUHENDISLIK SURDURULEBILIR KALKINMA PROJE VE DANISMANLIK HIZMETLERI SANAYI VE TICARET LTD STI SANAYISUBESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 206 297,50

HISBIM HISARLAR BILGI VE INOVASYONMERKEZI SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIMSIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 207 370,50

INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 24 400

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 28 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 601426

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2014

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 424 617,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 115 000

Coordinated by:

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

United Kingdom