LafargeHolcim is presenting its advanced integrated road offering at the Abu Dhabi World Road Congress, with focus on ORIS – a new digital service that helps to optimise road design through a smarter use of locally sourced natural resources and materials. Using these new services can enable road infrastructure to become 50% less CO2 intensive, while also improving costs. Beyond pavement solutions, road structures, special binders, or construction material services, LafargeHolcim will also introduce COPave in Abu Dhabi. This is a carbon calculator dedicated to roads, which can accurately forecast any project impact in its actual environment. The World Road Congress, held from 6 – 10 October 2019, is held every four years and brings together government authorities, road and transport administrations and organisations, academics, and solutions providers.
“The road infrastructure market accounts for more than CHF550 billion worldwide,” said Nicolas Miravalls, Head of Roads. “LafargeHolcim’s digital solutions are strengthening our integrated road offer and will become key drivers for our infrastructure business. The optimisation of road designs and material use are significant enablers to improve sustainability in road infrastructure. The choice of road design and material sourcing have a massive impact on costs, carbon footprint, durability, and safety. That is why developing intelligent and integrated road solutions is a priority for the company.”
700 000 km of roads are built every year around the world, making road transportation a major source of carbon emissions worldwide and representing around 18% of global emissions. Because each road is unique, it is complex and challenging to define the most sustainable and cost effective solutions adapted to their local resources environment.
Going beyond traditional solutions
With ORIS and COPave, LafargeHolcim will launch two specific services at the World Road Congress. The services have the potential to improve the way roads are built today.
ORIS is the world’s first digital material platform. Based on LafargeHolcim’s global knowledge of construction materials and powered by artificial intelligence and a digital platform, ORIS helps access road designs at a very early stage with a holistic view, including both the construction and maintenance phases of road projects. Thanks to a powerful algorithm, the system supports road investors, owners, and designers to properly estimate their project impacts, analyse local natural resources, optimise construction budgets, increase sustainability, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Initial tests show that, when using ORIS, costs for road projects can be reduced by up to 30%, while also cutting their carbon footprint by up to half. At the same time, the durability of these projects using ORIS can be increased three-fold.
The COPave is a lifecycle assessment software specifically dedicated to roads. Developed within two years at the company’s global Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, it will allow road contractors to evaluate precisely the environmental footprint of their roads, and enable them to be made as carbon efficient as possible. COPave covers data from five continents and is a collaborative integrated service that can be used for new road projects and maintenance programmes. COPave has been assessed and recommended by the Building Research Establishment in the UK for the quality of its analysis.
LafargeHolcim is involved in several road projects in over 40 countries worldwide. The company has contributed to important road infrastructure over the past years, such as the Edmonton Ring Road in Canada, Sokna motorway in Egypt, and the S5 expressway in Poland. It is currently delivering a major paving project on the A14 in Cambridge, UK.
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