Research Project ESIMAS

The research project ESIMAS aimed to develop an innovative detection and expert system for the monitoring of road tunnels in real time.

On German federal highways currently 108 tunnels with a length of over 400 meters are in operation and continuously monitored in order to guarantee a sufficient safety level. For this reason, these tunnels are equipped with a variety of sensors whose data is transmitted to tunnel control centres. Based on this incoming information, several tunnels are monitored and controlled by the tunnel control centre personnel (tunnel operators). Expert systems to assist the operators in the tunnel control centres will be of high importance in the future for the consolidation and interpretation of the single information and derived preventive and mitigating actions.

The main goal of the project ESIMAS was the development and demonstration of a flexible, modular and innovative expert system which provides high quality data for a real time safety analysis and risk assessment through the development and enhancement of new and existing detection systems. It also derives real time recommendations for measures and actions from the obtained data and processes them for the tunnel operators. Safety of road tunnels and their users is improved through a reliable and time effective detection of incidents.

ESIMAS was a joint project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) in context of the 3rd transport research programme “Mobility and Transport Technology”. The project was supported by the project executing organization Mobility and Transport Technologies of the TÜV Rheinland Group (PT MVt). The project started on 1 December 2011 and was accomplished 31 May 2015.