RSI – Road Status Information – has evolved over several years, while remaining true to solving the central issue:

Can vehicle data form the basis for a new type of decision support system, enabling both contractors and customers to create safer roads, reduce their environmental impact and streamline existing resources?

  • How will future vehicle data be captured? What does a reasonable collection area look like? What quality is needed to benefit commercial organisations?
  • What basic needs and challenges do commercial organisations have in taking decisions, implementing operations and follow-up analysis?
  • How can the Swedish Transport Ministry as an organisation change and develop its strategy regarding winter maintenance?

Following the project, Svevia, PEAB, Skanska and NCC have provided testimonials and two players use RSI in their daily operations today.

 

Svevia increase quality with RSI

Svevia, one of Sweden’s largest commercial winter road maintenance organisations, has identified decision support systems and new technology as necessary tools to improve their operational effectiveness. Svevia currently maintains almost half of Sweden’s winter roads. They expect to benefit from opportunities arising from the new technology, believing they will lead to new knowledge and new work methods in creating safer roads, environmental improvements and a more intelligent use their own resources.

Andreas Bäckström of Svevia, together with his Maintenance Controllers (users), has been involved with the RSI project from the beginning and shared their views, thoughts and ideas on a regular basis.

In what ways do new decision support systems affect your work methods?

Decision support systems reduce staff costs due to the simplified decision-making process reducing time spent. The decision process is also predictable and systematic, as individual bias and strategy doesn’t influence decisions.

What benefits have you identified with using RSI as decision support?

We can handle multiple operation areas with one Maintenance Controller, who would usually manage only one area.

How will our winter roads be maintained in the future, looking 5-10 years ahead?

The role of the Maintenance Controller is changing to the systemic monitoring of semi- and fully-autonomous systems. The systems will handle decision-making, callouts, route optimisation, plough width, and salting/gritting in normal weather, i.e. in cases where there is plenty of experience data and the scenarios are predictable. However, the on-call worker needs to monitor systems, possibly intervening and take decisions during extreme weather and extraordinary conditions. Self-driving trucks – yes, why not? 😉

 

Below, Andreas lists their favourite outcomes from using RSI in their daily operations.

  • Economy: reduced machine hours, salt/grit consumption and learning time for gritting and salting.
  • Environment: Reduced exhaust emissions and salt use.
  • Accessibility: Better quality enhances accessibility.
  • Traffic safety: Focus can be placed on surrounding road users instead of the operation of salt spreaders.
  • Work environment: Reduced workload from a higher degree of automation results in reduced stress and better performance for Maintenance Controllers and drivers.
  • Quality: Optimized handling of salt spreaders combined with detailed weather forecasts.
  • Attractiveness: Digitised and modern employers.
  • Uniform working methods.
  • Sustainability: Svevia actively works with sustainability.
  • Soft Parameters: Possible involvement in future traffic tenders.
  • Customer Service: We help our largest customer to realise major savings in social costs.