Leading up to the hybrid Asset Performance 4.0 Conference and Exhibition, BEMAS, the Belgian association for maintenance and asset management, organises a hackathon for predicting lock failures. This year, the challenge is provided by ÆVO, who are looking for an innovative solution to predict failures at a lock in the port of Rotterdam.
ÆVO is a Dutch company specialised in the maintenance and renovation of bridges, locks and tunnels. "The infrastructure we maintain is almost always critical. The smallest defect can have gigantic consequences for road users or shipping." says director Corné van Dravik. The service company is doing well, not only because of their fast service in case of corrective interventions, but especially because of their sophisticated preventive maintenance management, which ensures less critical defects. ÆVO is now also looking for ways to trace and even predict defects at an early stage. The idea is therefore to be able to identify the problem even before a lock malfunctions and thus to be able to solve it more quickly.
A hackathon is a competition in which an asset owner formulates a challenge in the field of maintenance or asset management. Interested tech companies, academic institutions or individuals are challenged to find a solution using digital tools such as predictive analytics, AI, IoT, etc... It is the second time that BEMAS organises the Asset Performance 4.0 hackathon.
In order to find the right solution to the specific challenges around predicting lock failures, a hackathon is the ideal way to explore the possibilities. "Initially, we hope that the participants will indeed find patterns that can be used to predict anomalies. Ideally, they will be able to automate the analysis and develop a concept that can be applied to several locks and perhaps even bridges and tunnels. The aim is to further develop the result into a system that can not only predict, but also give an indication of the problem at hand. Only then will we have the state-of-the-art solution of which we dream and with which we can offer our customers maximum added value. says Corné van Dravik.
Those interested in the challenge can immerse themselves in the problem definition by watching the webinar with Corné van Dravik. In it, the functioning of the global problem is explained. In a second recording, Sjoerd Van Agtmael, the System Architect responsible for the automation of the lock, goes deeper into the technical details of the challenge and explains a lot about the data and files that are made available. These presentations and explanations about the hackathon are neatly collected on the Asset Performance 4.0 website. Candidates can register there and get access to the Slack channel of the hackathon, where all data can be downloaded and questions can be asked. ÆVO will analyse the submitted proposals and select three finalists, who can present their solution during the Asset Performance 4.0 conference on Thursday 28 October. Whoever wins the hackathon will have a front row seat to further develop and roll out the project at AEVO in the future.