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Digital partnership to improve road carbon impact assessment following A50 pilot success

Digital Start-up Oris signs a partnership agreement with Aecom to work on the carbon impact assessment for new road designs.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has now been signed allowing the duo to work together to utilise software to assess the carbon emissions of road projects thus enabling engineers to understand different design scenarios.

The move follows a successful pilot project on the A50 Groby Road corridor project for Leicester City Council.

Funded by the government’s Transforming Cities Fund, this project will involve the construction of cycle lanes, new and enhanced pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities and safety improvements at a busy junction.

Using the digital platform the duo designed a number of scenarios that considered factors including carbon emissions, cost estimation and material consumption over the project’s 40-year service life.

Aecom head of pavement design and asset management James Burdall said: “Our work with Oris on the A50 Groby Road Corridor project allowed us to apply their disruptive technology to a live project and see firsthand the benefits it can bring.

“It’s a game changer for road pavement design that gives our clients a holistic view of the long-term impacts of different design options. There is huge potential to deploy this data-driven solution more widely across the roads, rail and other construction sectors.

"By signing an MOU with Oris we can offer this approach to more clients, helping them make more informed decisions that will reduce the cost and carbon impacts of their construction projects.”

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