ESR12 - SUstainable ROad MAnagement through Low Cost Techniques - “SuRoMa”

  • Project: “SuRoMa” – SUstainable ROad MAnagement through Low Cost Techniques
  • Host Institution: The University of Palermo (UNIPA)
  • Address: Università degli Studi di Palermo, Piazza Marina 61, 90133 PALERMO
  • Main Supervisor: Dr.Inzerillo (UNIPA) – Image Based Modeling and Implementation for Municipality of Palermo
  • ESR12 will register for PhD at UNIPA


The objective of the PhD research project consists in:

  • Developing a low-cost tool being able to ensure the best resources use for road pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. In the past few years, there has been a drastic increase in the use of Image-Based Modelling (IBM) low-cost techniques to create a high metric and visual quality, reality-based 3D models
  • The main innovative aspect lies in the use of a simple and low-cost hardware (camera or mobile phone) and software for the distresses identification and therapy
  • The other goal is to develop a new metric to evaluate the real pavement condition that does not cover traditional parameters as IRI (International Roughness Index) and Skid Resistance. Rather this metric should directly consider the actual distresses on the pavement by analysing and measuring them with the help of Artificial Intelligence tools as Fuzzy Logic, Neural Network, etc.

Following task are forecasted:

  • Review literature on road distresses, photogrammetric survey and use of Structure For Motion software
  • Advanced knowledge of camera and drone system
  • Data acquisition and analysis on road distresses through 3D modelling software
  • Implementation of interactive 3D catalogue for ready-use from the municipality of Palermo (MUNPA)
Expected Results

Innovative and integrated methodology to evaluate road pavement condition in order to give better guidance to the decision maker.

Expected Collaborations

Planned secondment(s) and Training offered: UNIPA will provide expertise with image-based modelling technique, road engineering, asset management. The partnership with strategic partners will provide:

  • ELAB: Advanced image analysis and use of drones
  • UNOTT: Theory and application of fuzzy logic, neural network and genetic algorithm
  • MUNPA: Implementation of interactive 3D catalogue for the administration of Palermo
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