The world’s first technology to chart safer routes

The world’s first technology to chart safer routes

Release date: 11/17/23

A world-first technology is being used to assess the condition of South Australia’s roads and ensure maintenance is carried out more efficiently across the state’s road network.

Intelligent pavement assessment vehicle, iPAVEbegan collecting vital road data across all state-run roads and highways, with the information being used to help determine future road maintenance and prioritize repairs and upgrades.

Developed in Denmark, iPAVE technology is mounted on a truck and uses a series of lasers and video cameras to assess road texture, condition and bearing capacity in a single lane while traveling at highway speeds.

The iPAVE truck, deployed in South Australia for the first time, will cover approximately 400 routes across South Australia, providing rapid data collection without the need for traffic control.

The advanced system will provide a clear view of what is happening on the road surface, such as cracks, along with ground-penetrating radar to assess structural conditions underneath – allowing maintenance crews to make informed decisions faster about where more work is needed.

The data obtained will be used to evaluate the bearing capacity of the pier, including the impact of flooding and water ponding, identify areas where the pier may fail and guide long-term investment to improve safety.

The findings will also form part of the Regional Roads Minister’s commitment to conduct an audit of regional roads and ensure the transport needs of local communities are met.

Since its launch last month, iPAVE has completed 2,500 kilometers out of 18,000 kilometers as part of a joint survey between the National Transport Research Organization and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

Areas covered include Glen Osmond Road, the South Eastern Highway and parts of the Stott Highway and Karoonda Highway. Further surveying will then be conducted in the Murray, Mallee, Fleurieu and North Adelaide areas.

The road survey in South Australia is scheduled to be completed in April next year.

This latest system – the third iPAVE truck – follows two previous models that collected data across more than 400,000 kilometers of Australian and New Zealand roads.

Photos of Minister Brooke and NTRO Chief Operating Officer Richard Yeo with the new iPAVE device at the Department for International Trade’s Walkley Heights warehouse are available here:


Attributed to Jeff Brock

This is a game-changer for road safety in our state and will allow us to evaluate and maintain our roads more efficiently than ever before.

Not only will the iPAVE 3 help our maintenance teams make informed decisions faster, but the fully equipped truck will also help us conduct road assessments safely and without disrupting traffic flow.”

The survey undertaken will produce results that benefit all South Australians who use our major urban and regional roads every day.

We are committed to ensuring that local communities have access to reliable, well-maintained road networks for generations to come.

Attributed to NTRO CEO Michael Caltabiano

The power of the new data sets that the Department of Infrastructure and Transport will have will mean that there will be more informed decisions about what road maintenance treatments are required, and the best timing for repairs.

Implementing new asset management systems leads to better societal outcomes through more effective use of public funds.

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