|HORIZON 2020 Project
RAGTIME has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 690660
Overview of RAGTIME mid-term results
Project reached its mid-term period, which gave an opportunity to look back on the past year and its achievements!
Development of an Advanced Asset Integrity Management (AAIM) framework
Developing an advanced asset integrity management framework, a review of European practices (legislations, best practices, tools, etc.) on asset management of transport infrastructure has been made. The main objectives:
- To map European practices, recommendations, standards and tools related to Asset Management (AM) and Asset Integrity Management (AIM) of transport infrastructures across various transport modes.
- To identify asset management needs from the owner or operator of the transport infrastructure along the whole lifecycle of a transport infrastructure project.
Besides literature review, surveys and target interviews were conducted to identify specific management characteristics of transport infrastructures from the owner/operator perspective.
The most suitable Key performance indicators (KPI) were selected to assess and manage the different transport infrastructures to design the RAGTIME innovative management approach. Identified KPIs were classified regarding 5 categories:
- 4 transport modes (road, rail, water and air)
- Performance of transport infrastructure
- Whole life cycle of transport infrastructure
- Stakeholder's perspective
- Three RAGTIME modules
Financial, Economic and Risks Module
The main objective is to define a comprehensive standardized multi-step methodology for evaluating and implementing risk assessment of transport infrastructure projects which the end user will be able to implement in its company through the guidance of a tool. To achieve this goal the activity focuses on the definition of the risk assessment methodology through the three main steps of risk mapping, risk evaluation and risk strategy.
Risk Management: Phases
In particular, a specific three-step approach has been designed for the transport infrastructure specific sector which can combine the following elements:
- an integrated risk assessment approach during all phases of the life-cycle processes;
- a user-centred and user-friendly tool that could be used by any stakeholder involved in the project lifecycle;
- a dynamic monitoring system able to work in real-time whenever a risk is about to occur (for those that can be monitored through KPIs);
- appropriated strategies for risk mitigation with the main aim of minimizing the impact that risks may have on the business.
Technical management module
The main objectives of Technical Module are:
- To define the specification for the technical aspects for the management of an asset through the full life-cycle of a transport network or of an element of the network.
- To define which are the aspects that will have to be collected, stored and transferred of key data and information, so the system enables the making of valued assessments of risk, serviceability and whole life cost.
Key features of technical Management Module:
- Risk-based approach
- Infrastructure health monitoring
- Intervention & mitigation actions
- Linked to KPIs of the organization.
104 technical risks
or source of risks have been identified, classified into different categories: contractual, data, design & calculations, building &civil works, unintentional hazards, natural disasters and intentional threats.
Level of service has been classified into 5 categories
: green, cost-efficient, social/inclusive, resilient, safe/secure.
Governance Module focuses on new procurement process, which entails a new process for infrastructure acquisition, through: a new Governance risk mitigation approach; the development of a new lean and innovative procurement process; the definition of a standard methodology for common evaluating the tenders from different administrations.
Governance risks have been defined and represented through KPIs. A life cycle has been established based on the application of the Public Procurement of Innovative Products and Services, implementing lean and innovative procurement processes and creating a standard procurement methodology for the different countries, all considering infrastructures as financial assets.
RAGTIME governance module proposes improvements to the current process of infrastructures, by applying:
- Asset management.
- The new technology of infrastructure project development
- The Innovative procurement processes
RAGTIME Cloud-based Platform for AAIM
RAGTIME Open Cloud platform architecture integrates existing AAIM tools and the new ones developed in the project, such as Governance tools, Risk and Finance Tools and Management Tools in order to support the envisaged RAGTIME platform functionality.
Platform overcomes the current limitations for information flow and system interoperability, providing tools that cover all stages of the life cycle of the asset.
RAGTIME main service models are: Platform as a Service (PaaS), which will provide a web portal as front end of the RAGTIME platform; Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), that will provide hardware and software that powers it all (servers, storage, networks, operating systems); Software as service (SaaS) that will allow users to access to AAIM tools; Hardware as service (HaaS), which will provide access to shared hardware.
Platform Users are:
- ASSET OWNER" (e.g. transport ministries, authorities, municipalities, etc.)
- "ASSET MANAGERS/OPERATORS" (e.g. Infrastructure Managers and Operators)
- "SERVICE PROVIDERS" or "CONTRACTORS" (e.g. engineering construction & maintenance companies, etc.)
2nd RAGTIME Stakeholders Reference Group meeting
The 2nd Stakeholders Reference Group (SRG) meeting was organised on 26th February 2018 in Milan, Italy at AON premises. (Figure 2). The meeting was welcomed by FEHRL, Dr Thierry Goger. The project coordinator Mrs. Maria Zalbide (TECNALIA) introduced the RAGTIME project and the leaders of the content driving Work Package. Afterwards, the update on Governance, Financial & Operational and Technical Management Risks was presented by UC, AON, TECNALIA followed by World Café discussion.
Additional presentations were given on the following topics: key performance indicators to assess and manage the different transport infrastructures (by Stanislav Lenart, ZAG); implementation of the AAIM concept - Open Software Platform and use cases for implementation and validation (by Clemente Fuggini, RINA). The discussion after each presentation was moderated by FEHRL, Dr Adewole Adesiyun.
. 2nd SRG meeting, Milan
Although the stakeholders came from different European countries (Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Slovenia) and from different transport modes (air, road and rail), where different current situations happen, the different comments have been collected around the two clustered topics:
The use of Decision Aid Methodology and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) structures
Instrumentation and Infrastructure Health Monitoring as asset condition assessment technology
Participants provided valuable feedback, comments about the use of decision aid methodology as well as (KPI) structures and instrumentation & infrastructure health monitoring. Given their strategic position and experience in transport infrastructure management as well as contribution to the group was very relevant for RAGTIME project further development.