The overall goal of the project was to develop and implement a 3D road asset management system covering the road network of Saint Lucia. The system is aimed at improving the efficiency of road maintenance activities, such as planning preventive maintenance, financial planning, managing and monitoring road maintenance works, etc.
Reach-U EyeVi team was responsible for collecting and processing input data for the system – determining road pavement type and width, assessing pavement condition (identifying and counting defects), and detecting other road-related objects (road signs, drainage, ditches).
How we did it
During eight days of fieldwork, the EyeVi team covered 650 km of road network, some of it being quite demanding. Although the island is only 40 km long from north to south, the highest point above the sea reaches 950 m. Narrow, curvy and steep mountain roads challenged both the team and the equipment. A decent road changing into a dirt track, narrow dirt roads through banana plantations, and river crossings without a bridge were only a few among all the obstacles that the team faced. A few times the car stopped just a couple of meters away from a cliff! We were fortunate to have an experienced local driver assisting us.
Use cases and client feedback
In the end, the client was very satisfied. The Ministry now has a practical tool for fulfilling the scope of the current project, as well as for future use. We also demonstrated the solution to the Saint Lucia Land Board.
Our partners were happy as well. After completing the project successfully, we have already participated in several other tenders with FinnOC and Sirway.
EyeVi technology proved to be highly beneficial for collecting input data for the solution. One priority for future projects is automating the entire dataflow (AI-based automatic recognition). New challenges are already waiting for us in India and in Vietnam!