Maintenance management introduction

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For maximal safety, availability and cost-effectiveness of transport infrastructure, IM-SAFE envisions a paradigm shift from the time-based/corrective maintenance towards risk-based/predictive maintenance through data-informed decision-making enabled by a new and harmonised European standard for monitoring, including a standardised digitalisation approach. IM-SAFE envisions that risk-based maintenance strategies will be embedded in infrastructure management systems to ensure safety over the infrastructure assets’ lifetime.

Assessment of the structural condition will be based on the integration of inspections, monitoring and testing. The main advantage of such integrated approach is that the information gathered from the structures enables timely and cost-effective decision-making on repairs, strengthening and renovations. The gathered data will be used for assessing the actual safety and the risk levels of the structure as well as for predicting the future safety and risks.

This is currently possible by using the latest digital innovations that integrate structural models, predictive degradation models and data analytics techniques. The combined human expert and artificial intelligence will result in the transformation of measured data into knowledge about the performance and safety of the structure. This will provide input for predictive maintenance, which in turn will guarantee the achievement of the required safety levels and will support the planning of an optimal maintenance for the assets.

The following views are available the compare participating countries regarding the maintenance management practices they apply: