AI to slash costs of UAE highway infrastructure projects, says minister

AI will lead to decreases in the amount of manpower and equipment needed and improve efficiencies, according to Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi
AI to slash costs of UAE highway infrastructure projects, says minister
Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi, the UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure Development.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 08 Apr 2018 11:29 AM

Artificial intelligence (AI) will reduce the duration of highway infrastructure projects by 54 percent and fuel consumption by 37 percent, according to the Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi, the UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure Development.

Speaking during a tour of the Kalba Ring Road development project alongside Minister of State for AI Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Dr. Al Nuaimi said AI will also lead to an 80 percent reduction in manpower dependence and a 40 percent decrease in the amount of equipment and manpower needed.

Al Nuaimi added that the ministry “is determined on continuing in applying the latest international technologies and best practices of infrastructure development while updating its road construction standards".

He said AI “contributes to supporting the sustainability of the environment system, which is the main pillar of the ministry’s strategy, in terms of reducing fuel consumption by 63 percent, emitted toxic gases, projects waste, preventing workers’ exposure to work environmental hazards and maintain occupational safety.”

The 12.5-kilometre Kalba Ring Road is expected to reduce traffic pressure on internal roads in Kalba city by diverting truck movement, easing traffic and reducing the journey time by 16 minutes.

Al Nuaimi noted that the second phase of the project, a $16.3 million (AED60m), 7-kilometre road project connecting Sheikh Khalifa Highway with the Khatm Melaha and the E99 Road, is expected to be completed by Q3 2019.

“We are very pleased to work in association with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development on the application of AI technologies as they reduce time, effort and cost and increase security and safety rate and ease traffic,” Omar Al Olama said. “They are also environmentally friendly and sustainable.”

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