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Aging infrastructures

Our civil infrastructures – road, bridges, sluices, railways, harbours – represent a tremendous value and is in many countries by far the largest public asset. Because the peak in infrastructure building in Western Europe occurred around the 1960 and 1970s, large shares approach retirement. Maintenance and preservation of existing structures require increasing budgets, but have in many cases insufficient political priority. However, preserving existing networks deserves economic priority over building new roads and railways.

Innovation is needed to determine the right moment of refurbishment or replacement of aging structures. Too early is costly and too late creates the risk of unforeseen closures. New monitoring systems and predictive models, can reduce the future bill for preserving our infrastructures by tens of percentages.

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