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RAGTIME Report Summary

Project ID: 690660
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RAGTIME (Risk based approaches for Asset inteGrity multimodal Transport Infrastructure ManagEment)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2018-02-28

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Asset Management (AM) process is needed to ensure cost-effectiveness, in planning, delivery, operation and maintenance of large infrastructures or infrastructures network. Infrastructure AM generally focuses on the later stages of a facility’s life cycle, specifically maintenance, rehabilitation, and replacement. However, a process of efficient AM must define methods and tools for asset tracking, management of maintenance activity, determine the life cycle and replacement costs of the assets, assistance in determining funding strategies, optimizing capital investments in operation and maintenance, and help with the replacement of assets. Transportation Authorities are facing severe financial pressures that emphasize the need for developing risk-based AM plans and financial plans.
Currently, the procurement, design, construction, exploitation and public communication to the final users and society regarding to the land transport infrastructures are:
• Not multimodal, not cross-assets, but focused on individual assets.
• Not correctly linked, not being able to exchange information by different stakeholders.
• Lack of a common risk based approach and the implementation of resilient concepts throughout the whole life cycle
The aim of the project is to establish a common framework for governance, management and finance of transport infrastructure projects in order to ensure the best possible return from limited investment funds in transport infrastructures.
The main objective of RAGTIME is to develop, demonstrate and validate an innovative management approach and to lay out a whole system planning software platform, based on standard multiscale data models, able to facilitate a holistic management throughout the entire lifecycle of the infrastructure, providing an integrated view of risk based approach, implementing risk based models, resilient concepts and mitigation actions, with specific reference to climate change related threats perspective, and monitored with smart systems, in order to implement effective mitigation actions.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

1. The Advanced Asset Integrity Management AAIM Framework has been defined in light of:
• a review of European practices, recommendations, standards and tools on the management of different sectors of transport infrastructures, aiming to harmonise them
• the definition of:
o management needs of the owner or operator of the transport infrastructure along whole lifecycle
o existing gaps related with governance management risks.
o the existing framework in the risk analysis of transport infrastructure projects within a lifecycle approach
o technical management risks for each transport sector along whole lifecycle
o Key Performance Indicators to assess and manage the different transport infrastructure

2. The bases have been laid for:

• A lean procurement methodology: The design and definition of a management strategy along the whole life cycle for land transport infrastructures, in close alignment with the need of IT technologies implementation in the transport infrastructure and civil engineering business requirements and tools, taking into account concepts of AM, analyzing the real value and changing value during infrastructure life cycle.

The new governance proposal is based on the implementation of the following concepts:
o Project Integration theories and new theories of Innovation Procurement Process.
o Cost reduction and Time saving
o Flexibility to the whole process

1. The life cycle has been reduced from 5 to 3 phases
2. New simplified contracting processes have been specified
3. More objective and equal formulas for procurement processes have been established
4. Indicators for the whole governance process have been defined

• The architecture of an Open Cloud-based software platform for the collaboration between stakeholders in the design and maintenance of the infrastructure. A cloud solution based on a single multiscale information model.

• Business models overview in the transport infrastructure sector.

Implementation of risk analyses and risk transfer approaches: The main outcome of this phase is a complete mapping of the technical, operational, financial and governance risks which may be completed/integrated by the end user on the basis of his/her specific needs.

Implementation of performance-based probabilistic and predictive methods

Technical management strategy: The target transport assets have been defined (bridge, tunnel, slope, railway open-track and pavement), as well as their main components. Also data collection and transmission processes, as well as diagnosis process, have been redefined, being currently in the process of establishing pre-alarm and alarm limits.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

All work carried out so far has been undertaken from a multimodal perspective.
The procurement, risk and technical management modules envisaged in RAGTIME, approach from a risk performance based AM, address all lifecycle of the infrastructure, not only operation.
Resilience has been included in the AM approach through the relevant KPIs.
Lifecycle condition assessment advanced solutions are being deployed to enable predictive maintenance, including the use of Health Monitoring

An innovative lean procurement process has been developed, based on lean management and lean procurement principles, standardizing the tender process, and implementing the risk based approach and the resilience perspective at early stages.

Expected results
1. RAGTIME AAIM methodology
2. RAGTIME AAIM methodology knowledge and capabilities:
3. RAGTIME AAIM software platform
4. RAGTIME AAIM software platform modules: Governance, Finance and Economic and Risk, Technical Management.

Potential impacts
• Accelerated delivery of transport infrastructure through improved, transparent and harmonised investment decision making.

Projects contribution:
Providing a common model to represent the transport network, designing tools for cooperative updating of the model will make the adaptation of the network to be self-supported, the coordination of network actors and the predicting tools to assess the transport externalities will be the key enabling technologies to solve this problem.
Degree of achievement:
3 sets of KPIs have been identified regarding: governance; financial and risk and technical management.

• Improved predictive capacity and maintenance planning of the European transport infrastructure network.
Projects contribution:
Short term monitoring by means of network sensors will make the transport network sensitive to traffic conditions, climate changes, etc. that allow it to react just hours or minutes before the problem manifests. Long term forecasts will enable to intervene in the transport network and solving problems before they occur.
Degree of achievement:
1. 1 set of economic indicators have been defined
2. A new Lean and innovative procurement processes has been defined
3. Functional, economic and social indicators have been defined

• Improved assessment of risks related to impacts of climate change and evaluation of possible measures of adaption.
Projects contribution:
There are three measures, a long term predictive one, an in-time monitoring with immediate prediction and palliative measures.
Degree of achievement:
The Operational Risk Strategy has been defined

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