Over the past 75 years, governments have spent trillions of dollars to build civil infrastructure – from modern superhighways, to breathtaking bridges, to smart sidewalks that collect data about pedestrian traffic. But as much money is spent on maintaining these structures, the investment on maintenance is still below the needs1, and we need to do more with the money that is invested.
Much of the world’s civil infrastructure has reached — or exceeded — their useful life span, resulting in a USD 2 trillion backlog of needed improvements in the US alone.2 Ensuring the continuity of day-to-day life for citizens worldwide without disruption will soon require repairing or replacing more than a million structures globally—a critical initiative to sustain economic growth.
As of today:
- 9.1% of bridges are structurally deficient
- Poorly maintained roadways cost 6.9 billion hours in traffic delays
The price of poor infrastructure2
We have made incremental progress toward restoring our nation's infrastructure. But it hasn't been enough.
There needs to be an easier way to continuously track, manage and address civil infrastructure assets. These include the network of roads, rails, bridges and tunnels. They also involve the components that make up these structures, such as cables, hangers, and decks that must endure for generations.
By digitally transforming the operating model for civil infrastructure asset management, you can move from performing maintenance on a strictly scheduled bases to understanding what needs to be done based on the condition of an asset. From there you can move to using data to predict failures and create sustainable, reliable and cost-effective roads, bridges, tunnels and other critical assets.
This buyer’s guide focuses on four key decision areas where digital intelligence is merging with engineering know-how to help operators, engineers and owners safely monitor, manage, and maintain infrastructure; foresee potential failures; and prioritize critical repairs.
Four key decisions areas as you consider a solution that helps you manage critical infrastructure:
- Choosing a single platform for operations and maintenance
- Understanding and monitoring structural health
- Predicting and reacting to changing environments
- Mobilizing field teams for productivity and safety
Because of the critical condition of so much of the world’s infrastructure, you need to make better decisions on where, when and how to apply limited resources to address issues and ultimately create sustainable, reliable and cost-effective roads, bridges, tunnels and other critical pieces of infrastructure.
IBM Maximo for Civil Infrastructure — a new industry solution available through the recently announced Maximo Application Suite — merges digital intelligence with engineering know-how to help operators confidently and safely monitor, manage and maintain infrastructure, predict potential failures, and prioritize critical repairs.
This guide will explore the various components of IBM Maximo for Civil Infrastructure, and how it can help you with your infrastructure projects.