One-Hour Train Project in Finland
ORIS enabled to digitalize the One-Hour Train project in Finland, contributing to its ambitious sustainability and circularity goals
The One-Hour Train is a rapid rail link between the cities of Turku and Helsinki. It is one of southern Finland’s major transportation projects, as part of the country’s ambitious climate plan. The project covers 100km between Espoo and Salo, which includes 113 bridges, 22 tunnels and more than 200 roads. ORIS supported Turun Tunnin Juna (TTJ) to bring to the 150 project engineers a digital tool to evaluate more sustainable and circular solutions in a short period of time. Using ORIS, the project team was able to perform comparative analysis of multiple rail track scenarios within local standards and railway infrastructure regulations. Based on data on local materials sourcing, the dashboard provided instant impact assessment on carbon emissions, costs, circular options and resilience to climate change. This assessment allowed to find rapidly the optimum design options, meeting the sustainability and circularity goals set.
Initial carbon impact pavement analysis and alternative low-carbon options
Evaluation of recycling materials options
Modelization of climate impact over 40 years to include early adaptation solutions
Control of costs over whole lifecycle
A highway section transformed into a sustainable multimodal pathway
ORIS worked with AECOM and Leicester City Council on the improvement project for the A50 Groby Road Corridor
Funded by the UK Government’s Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Transforming Cities Fund, this A50 Groby Road Corridor improvement project will downgrade the existing A50 in favor of a high street environment by introducing cycle lanes, new and enhanced pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities and safety improvements. Working with AECOM, the ORIS platform generated multiple pavement scenarios with a key focus on carbon emissions, cost estimation and material consumption over the project’s 40-year service life. The analysis was performed in a very short timeframe (a 1-month timeframe between the start of data collection and the final report) and provided a full range of carbon and cost calculations to help inform decision making. Using the ORIS platform, a total of up to 20% cost and budget reduction of materials and between 43-55% carbon reduction over a 40 year maintenance period was demonstrated as being achievable by assessing different options.
20% cost reduction
Between 43-55% carbon reduction
A carbon neutral scheme in the UK
ORIS worked at the early stage of design with Aggregate Industries on the 6-km reconstruction of an existing carriageway which ran from the M6 Jct 36 and the Brettargh Holt roundabout in Cumbria.
This £8m project for National Highways was identified as the first UK Carbon Neutral Scheme. Early engagement and a strong commitment from National Highways enabled to deliver a carbon neutral scheme led to the search of a very low carbon pavement solution through ORIS, that would then be offset with Circular Ecology to reach carbon neutrality. ORIS was able to generate multiple design options within the pavement standards and shortlisted 3 options that showed significant improvement in terms of carbon performance, costs, resources and durability compared to the initial design. The final design was chosen to find an optimum balance between carbon performance and cost performance. The scheme was recognized by the 2021 Highways Awards with the Environmental Sustainability and the Special Merit Awards.
Carbon emissions reduced by 55%
Old pavement recycled by 85%
Costs reduced by £3m
Heavy goods vehicles removed: 6,000
All hazardous waste material reused
A French expressway project, optimized by integrating ORIS into Autodesk’s Civil 3D
In collaboration with Autodesk, ORIS was used by an engineering firm for a 30-km standard expressway project in France.
ORIS was integrated into Autodesk’s Civil 3D software and enabled to generate several pavement structures, with the aim of comparing costs and carbon impact. While the pavement options were substantially equivalent in terms of mechanical performance and were all compliant with French pavement standards, this approach made it possible to identify in only a few minutes a design structure that had a much better performance in terms of costs and carbon footprint. The robustness of the solution was also ensured taking into account the combinatorial calculations offered, justifying many options in the region. With this approach, the engineering firm’s public client was able to arbitrate its project between cost profile, carbon impact and enhanced circular economy.
Carbon footprint of the project potentially reduced by 40%
An estimated cost decrease of about 7% at the pre-project stage
A pilot project in Central Asia to analyse a major expressway
Built in partnership with IBM, ORIS delivered a prospective analysis and a project dashboard using ORIS for a national road in Central Asia.
The project scope was the analysis of alternative pavement scenarios of a 30-km 4-lane-expressway, connecting the country’s major cities and experiencing heavy traffic. Other opportunities highlighted by the project included the certainty to deliver on time, the traceability of the materials used and the variability in materials and workmanship costs.This project served as a pilot for the ORIS platform’s capability to help analyse the entire road project and improve investment decisions based on a holistic assessment of the economic and sustainability performance indicators of this project.
Costs potentially reduced by 18%
Carbon footprint mitigated by 13%
Maintenance costs reduced by 9%
Natural resources spared, with 41% less used
Improving the performance of a motorway in Germany based on an initial design
Working for a contractor in Germany, ORIS was used to fine tune the initial design of a motorway in Germany.
After input of the initial design onto the platform, the contractor was able to compare with 4 alternative designs. Calculations integrated the carbon footprint and the costs of material production, transportation, and implementation on site as well as the incorporation of recycled aggregates. Design options were within the durability of local norms and recommendations. Using ORIS enabled to propose a pavement design solution more optimal than the original design.
CO2 emissions reduced by 6.1%
Service Life Cost reduced by 0,9%
Budget reduced by 3,1%