Implemented in 2021 as part of a major overhaul of its asset management processes and programs, Horsham Rural City Council in regional Victoria is the first council in Australia to adopt the ground-breaking DYNAMIC INFRASTRUCTURE asset condition data management system – and the results are impressive, to say the least.

As well as highlighting the benefits of using AI-enabled algorithms to identify and categorise defects and damage on bridges and other structures, the use of Artificial Intelligence is helping to deliver a range of practical benefits for ratepayers, residents, local industry and primary producers alike, with faster, better targeted and more efficient service delivery.

Now, a technical paper highlighting Horsham Rural City Council’s experience with the AI-enabled DYNAMIC INFRASTRUCTURE package has been awarded the NAMie Award for the Best Asset Management Paper at the recent IPWC 2022 International Public Works Conference in Adelaide.

Authored by Krishna Shrestha, Manager Strategic Asset Management with Horsham Rural City Council, the paper entitled ‘Defect identification and maintenance management of bridges and concrete structures using Artificial Intelligence’ sparked a great deal of interest amongst delegates and was extremely well received.

Speaking about the DYNAMIC INFRASTRUCTURE system, Krishna Shrestha, commented: “We have over 60 bridges – including 28 major bridges – across the municipality. Ensuring that these bridge assets are able to keep up with the demands of increasing traffic numbers and larger vehicle loads is critical to the continued future growth and prosperity of the region.”

“Having accurate and up-to-date condition data for the bridge assets not only enables us to identify and assess damage or faults, it is also a critical factor in helping us to optimise our bridge asset maintenance works,” he said.

The Dynamic Infrastructure system has not only enabled the Horsham Rural City Council team to build a full ‘health record’ for each of the municipality’s bridge assets, it also provided them with a timeline that puts all of the historic bridge inspection data into a directly relatable context, thereby highlighting any damage or faults that may be escalating with age.

“The system enables us to prioritise our maintenance work, budget accordingly, and better allocate resources – all in a fraction of the time it used to take,” Mr Shrestha added.

“We implemented the Dynamic Infrastructure package during 2021, and it is already delivering some excellent results – everyone is extremely impressed with its performance and capabilities,” Krishna Shrestha said.

You can download a copy of the full paper ‘Defect identification and maintenance management of bridges and concrete structures using Artificial Intelligence’ by scanning the QR Code or visiting: www.dynamicinfrastructure.com.au/DIdefectIDandMaintMgmt

IMAGE: (L-R): Dane Hansen, General Manager – Digital Asset & Engineering Solutions, if3 Pty Ltd and Krishna Shrestha, Manager Strategic Asset Management with Horsham Rural City Council, at the recent IPWC 2022 Conference in Adelaide.