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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology aimed at performing human-like tasks, such as perception, logic, and reasoning. AI is not a new phenomenon, but it is a topic that has recently been gaining greater attention and is becoming more common in our work and social lives than ever before.
There are many benefits AI can bring to the highways and transportation industry, especially when it comes to improving safety, providing more insightful transport planning, and efficient asset management, as well as improving the way the public experiences transport systems.
When it comes to decarbonisation, there are already examples of data and AI being used to:
However, there are also barriers we must overcome if AI is to be widely adopted in our industry, including:
This report intends to serve as an introduction to AI for the highways and transportation sector. We hope you gain a better understanding of what AI is, the importance of data for creating successful AI outputs, where AI is already being used in the transport sector, where it is likely heading, and what needs to be done to accelerate successful AI adoption.
The project group was chaired by Jon Parker, member of CIHT’s Learned Society and Technical Strategy Board, and was made up of representatives from organisations in CIHT’s Partnership Network and CIHT Technical Champions.
Jon Parker, ITP (a company of Royal HaskoningDHV)
Simon Fraser, Balfour Beatty
Alex Walton, Arcadis
Steve Frost, Milestone Infrastructure
Amina Hamoud, University of the West of England
Wim Melis, University of Greenwich
Dan Rennison, Costain
Yousef Majeed, Arup
Kevin Carrol, Ringway
Andy Graham, CIHT Technical Champion
Nadia Lyubimova, Stantec
Syed Yaseen, CIHT Technical Champion
Petar Valchev, Ramboll
Andy Pickett, CIHT Technical Champion
Samer Karrar, London Borough of Newham
Recognition is also due to CIHT staff members, including Isobel Wilson and Joan Roemmele.
The CIHT Partnerships Network is a collaborative hub for leaders and decision makers in the highways and transport sector.
The network provides organisations and companies with the opportunity work in collaboration with the Institution as a charity, learned society and membership body to promote excellence across the highways and transportation sector.>>> Learn more about CIHT's Partnerships Network
Technical Champions are a highly valued group of individuals who CIHT turn to for their opinions.
By becoming a Technical Champion, you have the opportunity to join a network of leading voices in the sector, have your thoughts heard and share the work you are doing to provide better highways and transport systems.>>> Learn more about CIHT Technical Champions
Presentations for the launch of the CIHT paper The Role of Data and Artificial Intelligence in Decarbonising Transport which provide an overview of why and how the paper was produced. The presenters explain the expectation that the paper offers an introduction to AI for the highways and transportation sector and opens up dialogue around the need to develop current use of AI and possible uses in the future.
An engaging Q&A session with delegates explored with the speakers the barriers to adopting AI, where there have been successes and what the priorities for our sector should be with regards to increasing the use of AI with the aim of decarbonising transportation.
Insightful presentations from Gaist and Agilysis, explaining the technologies and methods employed within AI systems and products.
A panel discussion that addresses direct questions from delegates on the topic of AI within highways and transportation, and provided further explanation and insights from Gaist and Agilysis.
Panel discussion: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2646894358912697345
CIHT's report 'Reducing emissions by 63% in a decade' shares real world experience from across the CIHT partnership network about how Highways Authorities and their supply chain partners have reduced transport related carbon emissions via a wide range of measures including low carbon materials, logistics planning, electrification of construction plant, transport planning, procurement, innovative design, multi-partner collaboration, and reforms to codes and standards.>>> Read 'Reducing emissions by 63% in a decade'
It is widely recognised that green and blue infrastructure (GBI), which encompasses natural and semi-natural features, interventions, and structures, can bring many social, environmental, and economic benefits to a local area. However, a recent CIHT survey suggests that these benefits are not fully acknowledged by the transport sector, even though the UK’s great heritage of street trees was largely created by local authority highway departments.
On this basis, we have made several recommendations to our members, central government agencies, and local authorities, which broadly cover three main tasks we believe are necessary to help improve and encourage GBI on our roads.>>> Read 'Green and blue infrastructure: A transport sector perspective'
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