Accurately track road network health without leaving the office

Road Surface Assessments Are More Important Than Ever

One of the biggest challenges faced by Australian road maintainers is working out how to spend a limited budget effectively. To do this, road maintainers need accurate, consistent, quantifiable road surface assessments.

However, the vast majority of assessments in Australia are still carried out manually, and there are many downsides to having highly trained road maintenance engineers driving slowly around the network, eyeballing the road.

This process is costly in terms of labor, fuel and vehicle maintenance. Manual assessments also often lack detail, which makes life harder for analysts back in the office. Most importantly, manual assessments present a safety hazard, as human inspectors have to drive slowly and sometimes even exit their vehicles to get a good view of the road.

But what if there were a better, more economical way?

FaultNet AI assessing an urban road

We think there is, which is why we’ve built FaultNet: a system that performs road surface assessments using dashcam footage and Artificial Intelligence.

This footage can be captured by any vehicle traveling at normal driving speeds, and eliminates the need to take trained engineers away from their jobs for months at a time. In the best cases, vehicles like garbage trucks cover the entire road network in the ordinary course of business, so by equipping them with cameras, our AI can perform surface assessments every week without incurring any labor costs at all.

Our Artificially Intelligent assessments are also more consistent than manual inspections, since all footage is assessed by exactly the same AI analyst. They’re far more detailed too. Every fault on the road is recorded and geolocated so human analysts can benefit from comprehensive reports paired with defect images and annotated footage.

The FaultNet system can provide road maintainers with a detailed, consistent picture of road health across the whole network that can be used to effectively plan future works, or monitor subcontractor performance. It’s also more economical than manual inspections, and frees up road maintenance staff to do more of what they do best: fixing and improving road surfaces. If you’d like more information feel free to reach out, or download the original FaultNet technical summary here.

Tailored AI Systems

Each road network is unique, but we believe that every road maintainer in Australia can benefit from automatic fault detection. Our aim is to use our AI to generate exactly the same road surface assessment reports that your manual assessors are handing in today, plus some extra goodies to make life easier for your analysts.

Maybe you already have a sophisticated road fault tracking system in place? Great! Our expert software developers can integrate FaultNet into your existing infrastructure so you can enjoy cutting-edge AI improvements to your current manual procedures.

Perhaps your jurisdiction faces unusual technical challenges? Huge, seldom-traveled stretches of road? Inclement weather or soil conditions? Extreme budget constraints? Whatever the circumstance, we’re confident our technology can make your job easier and cut your costs.

Sounds like our AI could help your jurisdiction? Perhaps you just want to know more about our process? Don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information or to arrange a free consultation. We’re always keen to talk to hard working road maintenance experts around Australia about the challenges they face.