Development of a Decision Support System for increasing the Resilience of Road Infrastructure based on combined use of terrestrial and airborne sensors and advanced modelling tools

Funded by:		European Commission, Horizon 2020  

Project duration: 	2017 – 2019 

The purpose of the PANOPTIS project is to improve the resilience of the road infrastructures and ensuring reliable network availability under unfavourable conditions, such as extreme weather, landslides, and earthquakes. The project’s main goal is to combine down-scale climate change scenarios (applied to road infrastructure) with structural and geotechnical simulation tools, and with actual data from sensors (terrestrial and airborne) so as to provide the operators with an integrated tool able to support more effective management of their infrastructures at planning, maintenance and operation level. The following technologies will be implemented in the PANOPTIS tool:

  • Reliable quantification of climatic, hydrological and atmospheric stressors
  • Multi-hazard vulnerability modules and assessment toolkit
  • Improved prediction of structural and geotechnical safety risk through the use of geotechnical and structural simulation tool
  • Improved multi-temporal, multi-sensor observations with robust spectral analysis, computer vision and machine learning damage diagnostic for diverse road infrastructures
  • Detailed and wide area transport asset mapping, integrating state-of-the-art mobile mapping and making use of unmanned aerial vehicles technology
  • Design of a holistic resilience assessment platform
  • Design of a common operational picture including a decision support system, an enhanced visualization interface and an incident management system

PANOPTIS concept will result in an environment that boosts planning (climate change/sustainability), engineering and operations (traffic, emergency management and security). The proposed approach contains three strategic levels: policy, people, and programs. Each level focuses simultaneously in two different aspects: system and infrastructure component. At the same time, there are two different periods of interest: pre-event (risk reduction) and post-event (impact reduction).

The development of a new strategy, based on resilience assessment, includes a broad range of options to help manage risks and recover from system disruptions. This new resilience approach offers an overarching strategy that includes risk management, protection and preparedness as complementary strategies to prevent attacks and to identify and ward off additional threats and adaptation, recovery and other post-disruption strategies to restore normal road/transportation services, as well as longer term strategic approaches to adapt to climate change and to wield policy tools for economic resilience.