Cloud Technology for Road and Bridge Repair

Cloud Technology for Road and Bridge Repair and Safety

Cloud Technology for Road and Bridge Repair

We all use highways, roads, and bridges almost every day but do not give their reliability and safety a second thought. Considering their structural condition might not be the common population’s job, but the effects of deteriorated bridges and roads will not skip making an impact on the population. Sadly, most of the transportation infrastructure in the United States badly needs repairs as it is outdated and breaking apart fast. However, employing cloud technology for road and bridge repair is a ray of hope that can manage the situation in an efficient and timely manner.

The Urgent Need

There are more than 617,000 bridges in the United States. 10% of them are structurally deficient. They are prone to fast breakdowns and are vulnerable to failures that can potentially be catastrophic. 39% of the bridges in the country exceed the lifespan they were built to last. The congestion of traffic caused by this weak infrastructure is estimated to cost the population of the country $160 billion every year, taking into account the time spent commuting and fuel consumption. This is almost $1400 per driver. The repairing costs of the traffic infrastructure in America costs about $3,400 a year to every single household. The total cost for improving and repairing the transportation infrastructure ranges from $190 billion to $1 trillion.

How Cloud Technology Can Help

The cloud technology for road and bridge repair can make the transportation systems and infrastructure much more cost-effective and safe. The creation of an ‘intelligent’ traffic and infrastructure management and repair system enables the bridges and roads to constantly monitor and consequently signal their repair and structural needs. Sometimes, they can even repair themselves without needing human hands.
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Roadway Technology

Cloud technology can help in reducing carbon and greenhouse emissions from construction materials, creating solar and other energies-harvesting roads, deploying smart street lights and building charging lanes for electric vehicles. It can automatically accommodate increased traffic in an efficient manner and evaluate and analyze the life and conditions of roads and bridges. Embedding of sensors in concrete pavement allows it to calculate the health conditions of the infrastructure in real-time. This is done by converting the vibrations of the concrete into electrical signals that can be analyzed and read by transportation engineers to make data-driven and efficient decisions to avoid any mishap. They can also proactively identify issues that cause deterioration and damage to the infrastructure and plan efficient repairs accordingly.
Without the use of cloud technology, it takes hours for the concrete to become strong and cured enough after being poured on highway pavements. Even then, deciding to open the traffic for the newly poured road is guesswork. Waiting too long to open it can cause traffic congestion and delays, increasing safety risks for commuters. On the other hand, opening the roadway sooner earlier when the concrete is under-cured can result in higher maintenance costs and decreased life expectancy of the highway. Many factors, including the weather conditions of the region, have to be kept in mind and paid close attention to by engineers, and still, mistakes and judgment errors are not uncommon.
Cloud technology for road and bridge repair helps in this regard through smart sensors, informing engineers when the concrete is ready for use. The sensors further inform about the robustness and quality of the concrete against corrosion and traffic flow. Smart, efficient, cloud-enabled traffic infrastructure not only enables structural engineers to monitor and assess real-time data about the pavement it also reduces maintenance and repair costs and brings down the risks of structural failures caused by normal wear or catastrophes.

Self-Healing Concrete

Damages to bridges and roads are inevitable as they are prone to deterioration and wear and tear with time. However, with early fixes, the life of the structures can be extended. Cloud technology has provided a way for self-healing concrete that activates at an early stage of a crack and absorbs water through its super absorbent polymers to produce a material similar to concrete to fill in the crack. Self-healing mechanism can get to work as early as when the crack is just a few microns small to repair it, preventing any further or significant damage. This puts the frequent damages of the freeze-thaw cycles across the country down the drain.

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Time and Cost Efficiency from Cloud Technology for Road and Bridge Repair

Timely and efficient repairs, enhanced safety, and automation come at much-reduced costs. Intelligent infrastructure and smart sensors give way to significant savings of money as well as time. Self-repairing properties reduce repair and maintenance costs by building long-lasting and sustainable infrastructures in quick times. The processes also ensure the safety of construction workers.
Machine learning algorithms and AI systems can process drawings of previous examples, recognize patterns, learn from examples, evaluate large troves of disparate data in real-time to help engineers and contractors design and formulate repair processes that are cost-saving and efficient. Cloud technology for road and bridge repair is empowering the industry with unprecedented repair mechanisms that offer sustainable results.

Cloud Computing Technologies (CCT) has been actively developing cloud and compliance solutions for civil engineering applications for a while now. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we’re experienced in running contracts within the public sector. At the back of a talented team of professionals with decades of collective experience developing, deploying, and renovating cloud services suites, we intend to fully leverage this advantage and provide our clients with robust, future-oriented solutions that make the process of cloud migration quick, feasible, and most importantly, as seamless as can be.

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