Monitoring transport infrastructure with the help of satellites

The Resilience Shift took part in the FORESEE Project’s workshop on how ‘eyes in the sky’ are proving a valuable tool to improving the resilience of transport infrastructure.

As part of its work to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure the Resilience Shift has explored the resilience of transport infrastructure through its development of resilience primers on Roads, Rail, and Ports, as well as through its work on the use of policy and standards to enhance critical infrastructure whether using PPPs, legislation, public policy or ratings schemes.

It has also considered the use of resilience tools and approaches and how these can be helpful for those working in the transport infrastructure sector – see our recent ‘Resilience in practice’ interviews with Autobrennero and Abertis for insight into how these tools can be used.

The H2020-funded FORESEE project is developing a reliable and easily implementable toolkit to improve the resilience of land transport infrastructure. There are synergies between the Resilience Shift and FORESEE who are both interested in increasing the use of tools to improve resilience.

FORESEE’s overall objective is to provide cost effective and reliable tools to improve resilience of road, rail and multimodal infrastructures and transportation hubs. These aim to improve the ability to reduce the magnitude and/or duration of disruptive extreme events such as earthquakes, snow and landslides, floods, rainfalls, wind, fires, and man‐made accidents (intentional and accidental). It aims to generate added value for National Transport Authorities, transport infrastructure operators, users and freight.

As part of the FORESEE project, Telespazio VEGA UK hosted a workshop on 17 September 2019 on Multiscale satellite remote monitoring of linear infrastructures and assets.

During the event, participants discussed the practical application of satellite technologies, in particular their use in identifying extreme events affecting linear transport infrastructure, and the use of S‐SHMTM (Satellite Structural Health Monitoring), landslide prediction and regional hotspot survey mapping.

Experts from Telespazio VEGA, Tecnalia, Edinburgh University, Arup and the University of Cantabria, presented to an international audience of infrastructure owners, academics and representatives from the supply chain.

The Resilience Shift was represented by Arup’s Dr Áine Ní Bhreasail who gave a presentation on the Resilience Shift aims and outputs with a particular focus on transport.

Áine said, “It was an interesting day today hearing about the Foresee Project’s work on satellite monitoring for transport infrastructure. There was great feedback for us on Resilience Shift’s work too”.

The Foresee Project team commented by tweet that she gave “a fascinating talk on resilience and our structural interconnectedness and interdependence today. There are lots of synergies with the Foresee Project and the EU Commission Resilient Europe objectives.”

Áine added, “The Foresee Project has many common touch points with the Resilience Shift, I hope we can explore together how to increase the usage of tools for resilient transport infrastructure”.

For more about our work on tools and approaches see our related publications and the Resilience Shift resilience ‘toolbox’ with 70 tools and approaches mapped to help you choose the most appropriate for your need.

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