Logan City Council and Griffith University have combined peddle power with Artificial Intelligence to improve the city’s network of footpaths.
The result is Bertie the E-trike, an adapted pushbike that collects data on footpaths for Council’s Road Asset Management (RAM) team.
The data is then used to help RAM plan infrastructure upgrades and repairs.
City Infrastructure Chair Councillor Teresa Lane said Council was always looking at ways to streamline and improve the services it delivers.
“Council has a big network of footpaths and shared pathways to maintain so anything that makes the job easier is a big win,” Cr Lane said.
“The RIP team and electronics and engineering students from Griffith University have created an innovative solution that will benefit everyone in Logan.
“Uneven and cracked footpaths are dangerous and deter people from using them so it’s important we keep our network in good condition.”
Logan’s footpaths aren’t the only thing that will go under the microscope this month.
Council is also undertaking a condition survey of its sealed road network.
The three-yearly survey will identify current and projected deterioration of the road surface to help Council plan its maintenance and rehabilitation regime.
Pavement Management Services has been awarded the tender to carry out the survey using a specially designed vehicle fitted with cameras and lasers.
They will cover more than 4278km over the next two to three months – approximately the distance between Logan and Perth.
Council’s Pavement Rehabilitation program of work is approximately $30 million per annum.