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Reinforcing consortium in EU projects on 3D visualization and risks assessment of aging infrastructures using digital twin technologies (Horizon-CL4, CL3 & CL5)


Profile Type
Technology offer
POD Reference
Term of Validity
12 February 2024 - 11 February 2025
Company's Country
Type of partnership
Commercial agreement with technical assistanceResearch and development cooperation agreement
Targeted Countries
All countries
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General information

Short Summary
A Swiss SME offers pilot-assist technologies & automate data analysis enabling visual inspections of confined spaces & removing risks to health and safety of workers.
Geo-referenced infrastructures can be visualized in 3D using digital twin technologies over secured cloud application. Artificial Intelligence is integrated to detect and rate defects, easily extendable. Augmented data are kept over time to assess infrastructure evolution & manage risks, shared by all involved parties.
Full Description
Visual inspection is the first quick step of assessing the risks of aging infrastructures. Using UAV allows humans to stay safe, removes the needs of scaffolding, ropes or other dangerous accesses, faster data collection and increase productivity of strategic assets.
Centralizing data on secured cloud technologies allows various partners and actors to share the same level of information, augment data with AI or human analysis, see visually defects and locate those on a map and precisely on the asset, see and monitor the evolution over time and start to feed risk management, maintenance and repair planning.

The Swiss company seeks consortium for EU projects where it can help partners:
- reduce the risks involved in inspecting and collecting data in civil engineering infrastructure, especially in including the health and safety of workers
- centralize digital data using modern 3D digital twins georeferenced in a cloud application to share information amongst all actors
- develop new technologies and solutions that facilitate timely identification of maintenance and repair issues in existing civil engineering infrastructure

Targeted Calls

Some partnerships:
Local governments (cities) / Asset owners:
A partnership will allow them to feed us with specific requirements about integration in their existing IT ecosystem, suggesting missing features or specific needs not addressed today. We can help digitize infrastructures from inside, including water systems, tunnels, metros, bridges and strategic infrastructures. Data can be shared by other actors, accessed on mobile computers and tablets, secured by cloud technologies.
As good example, an Italian city closed a few roads the day after a routine inspection in an underground stormwater evacuation system. The roof in concrete was at high risk of collapsing, metallic structure was visible and falling down.

Civil Engineering / Geometers / Risk Management
A partnership will provide them tools to faster inspection of existing infrastructure, reduce the risks for workers, centralize and share data for better risks management.

Energy / transformation
The Swiss company provides tools and services in various energy sectors, from wind-turbine plants (mast inspection from inside), hydropower (penstock, dam), heat production systems (furnace, chimney), recycling centers, tank storage, etc.

Maritime / Industrial assets
Holds, ballasts, boilers, silos, tanks and reactors can be inspected in no time without endangering your personnel. Ensure your asset integrity, keep track of corrosion spots and their repairs.

Sustainable Goals
Clean Water and Sanitation:
Inspection of sewer systems, reducing the risk of a sanitation issue by improving sanitation services and allowing inspections in risky confined places. Water collectors, penstocks and large pipelines can be verified from the inside.

Affordable and Clean Energy:
The company is active in the hydraulic sector for the inspection of dams, penstock, water intake, etc. It has the current European record of the longest inspection for penstock inspection with a 1.2km flight. Inspection of Oil&Gaz infrastructures can improve their reliability, avoid accidents, and reduce environmental unfriendly leakage.
The company inspects wind turbine propellers and infrastructure from the inside, reducing downtime.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Following an inspection of the underground water evacuation network (under stress during storms period), an Italian city immediately closed the roads above as too risky in case of seismic or big thunderstorms (European cities are quite old, and their underground infrastructure is as well.)
Part of the public infrastructure within and outside cities is made of tunnels. The usual quick visual inspection mechanisms all
Advantages and Innovations
Robotics aspects:
The drones developed by the Swiss company are sold on the market and include confined space capabilities and pilot-assist features that do not exist for outdoor drones. To name a few, drones onboard more than 10k lumens dust-proof lighting so that 4k camera can record useful data in difficult conditions. Despite collision avoidance and roof-lock/wall-lock/tube-lock assistance, a cage protects the propellers. Compared to high-end indoor drones, this drone is not tethered and double flight time, giving comfort and removing stress to the pilot.

Software, data storage and analytics on the cloud:
One of the first systems (available for demo) able to regroup indoor and outdoor inspection data for drones. The open vision allows the system to integrate smoothly with others using APIs, include external 3rd parties or custom AI/ML algorithms to detect and classify defects.
A few existing analyzers will streamline the inspection and analysis process to augment the 3D digital twin with precious inspection data coming from multiple sensors.
Geo-referenced infrastructure data can be visualized on a map and data can be shared and accessed by all actors.
Compared to existing system, the Swiss company can regroup and centralize in a single-system outdoor and indoor data, store, process, analyze, share and see infrastructure evolution over time.
Evolution and innovation:
The existing team can easily and rapidly extend to integrate and develop new concepts.
Stage of Development
Already on the market
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGoal 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGoal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Partner Sought

Expected Role of a Partner
The Swiss company can help/support :
• Civil Engineering
Task: Analyse infrastructure state, prioritize work and plan maintenance.
• Maintenance and Repair services
Task: Collaborate on Digital Twin and data sharing aspects.
• Risk Assessment Management
Task: Inspection of assets. Data analysis and process automation using cloud technologies.
• Assets Management
Task: Integrate with Asset Management Software.
• Robotics for outdoor or indoor Inspections or maintenance
Task: Combine forces of walking, crawling and flying robots. Regroup data in common repository.
• AI Experts in defects detection and rating willing to innovate and provide defect detection and analysis.
• Geometer interested in combining georeferenced data with visual inspection of 3D models.
• Water Network Companies
Task: Inspect and Analyse network, provide access, prioritize infrastructures.
Type and Size of Partner
R&D InstitutionBig companySME 50 - 249OtherSME 11-49SME <=10University
Type of partnership
Commercial agreement with technical assistanceResearch and development cooperation agreement

Call details

Coordinator required


Technology keywords
01004011 - Maintenance Management System01003008 - Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware01001002 - Digital Systems, Digital Representation01004007 - GIS Geographical Information Systems02003005 - Information processing & Systems, Workflow
Market keywords
02004004 - Other scanning related (incl. image processing, ...)09008002 - Water, sewerage, chemical and solid waste treatment plants08003005 - Other industrial machinery for textile, paper & other industries06003003 - Wind energy06002004 - Hydro-electric
Targeted countries
All countries