Zug building materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim last year presented ORIS as “the world’s first digital material platform”. It helps optimize road design through a smarter use of locally sourced natural resources and materials. ORIS can assess road designs at a very early stage with a holistic view that includes both the construction and maintenance phases of road projects. According to LafargeHolcim, using ORIS can reduce costs for road projects by up to a third while cutting the carbon footprint by up to half. At the same time the durability of these projects can be increased three-fold.
ORIS will now be further developed in collaboration with IBM Services, as was reported in a press release. LafargeHolcim will leverage IBM’s expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence and the industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
“Data-driven solutions and digital technologies have the potential to transform road construction towards more sustainable, circular, low-carbon, low-resource and cost-efficient techniques,” said Hervé Rolland, Vice President, Industrial solutions, IBM Europe. Through IBM Services, IBM helps companies develop solutions that support rapid digitization.