UAE rolls out AI to cut road project duration by 54%
The use of AI is expected to cut equipment and manpower needs by 40%, and a ministry official said the technology is being used for numerous federal road projects
The UAE's infrastructure ministry said it had adopted artificial intelligence (AI) technology to optimise its resources on numerous local road developments.
HE Dr Eng Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE's Minister of Infrastructure Development, said the authority was using AI for other federal road developments as well.
The use of AI is expected to cut average project duration by 54%, fuel consumption by 37%, manpower dependence by 80%, and equipment and manpower needs by 40%.
During a tour of the Kalba Ring road Development, where he was accompanied by Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Al Nuaimi said the infrastructure ministry was "determined on continuing" the application of technology for its road schemes.
Accordingly, the minister explained, numerous AI-enabled developments have been launched in collaboration with the private sector, in line with the UAE's smart vision, as well as its recent unveil of a national AI strategy.
Commenting the benefits of using AI to automate equipment, Al Nuaimi continued: "[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%, emitted toxic gases, [and] project waste, [as well as] preventing workers' exposure to work environmental hazards and maintaining occupational safety."
The 12.5km Kalba Ring Road is expected to divert truck movement away from the internal roads of Kalba city, thereby increasing road safety, easing traffic flow, and reducing the average journey time by 16 minutes.
Upon completion, the road will also facilitate traffic and transport to the Khatm Melaha immigration checkpoint on the UAE border, with the Sultanate of Oman, the UAE's state news agency, WAM, reported.
Meanwhile, Al Nuaimi revealed that work on Phase 2 of the 7km road connecting Sheikh Khalifa Highway in Fujairah with the Khatm Melaha area and E99 road, would begin soon.
The $16.3m (AED60m) development is due to complete in Q3 2019, he added.