Case Study

Upgrade Of The Section 1 Of The A380 Route, Uzbekistan

Case Study Summary ORIS, the first digital materials platform for sustainable roads, worked with the Asian Development Bank to perform an expert due diligence on the A380 route upgrade project in Uzbekistan. This road project is among the Asian Development Bank’s strategic investments with the route being one of the major trade routes in Central Asia and part of the road networks connecting the Caucasian region to Eastern Asia. The A380 also connects the Southern and Western part of Uzbekistan to its neighbouring country, Kazakhstan.
Sector
           Transport
Key Topics
  • Smart materials
  • Innovative technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
Project Owner Uzbekistan Government
Project Start/Completion June 2023 – Ongoing
Location Uzbekistan
Community Impacted Rural
Climate Hazards Mitigated Extreme heat
Case Study Provided by ORIS

ORIS, the first digital materials platform for sustainable roads, worked with the Asian Development Bank to perform an expert due diligence on the A380 route upgrade project in Uzbekistan. This road project is among the Asian Development Bank’s strategic investments with the route being one of the major trade routes in Central Asia and part of the road networks connecting the Caucasian region to Eastern Asia. The A380 also connects the Southern and Western part of Uzbekistan to its neighbouring country, Kazakhstan.

About the Project

The upgrade of section 1 of the highway A380 in Uzbekistan is a 25 km section running from Turtkul towards Nukus and is to be widened from one lane per way to two lanes per way, with a separated carriageway.

The upgrade of the section aims to reduce the travel time by 15%, and increase the daily traffic by 54% to reach 5.1m vehicles per year while reducing fatalities by 10% along the section, and improve resilience to climate change. Multi-criteria simulations were performed on the ORIS platform to find an optimum design on costs, carbon emissions, and resource consumption. A safety due diligence on designs and alignments was performed to provide recommendations on road safety. In addition, an assessment of risks linked to climate change over 40 years was performed to anticipate resilience to climate change.

Supported by Artificial Intelligence and its unique algorithms, ORIS assesses the impact of linear infrastructure designs in a multidimensional view. The platform allows users to compute parameters and data such as materials properties, geolocation, expected traffic and weather conditions for an effective and sustainable construction efficiency. Based on this data-driven analysis, users make informed decisions for smart materials consumption.

With the support of ORIS, users are able to assess multiple pavement design solutions according to different criteria, including: costs, carbon footprint with a whole lifecycle analysis using international standards, reduction of primary resources usage thanks to circular solutions, road safety using the iRAP methodology and resilience to climate change based on risks and climate scenario.

Achieved Outcomes

This due diligence was carried out in Spring 2022. The platform modelled over 40 years how climate change would impact the project. The analysis showed that the A380 section 1 is at high risk of heat rise, heavy cycle of frost/thaw, increase of water run-off and silting. For each risk, a set of countermeasures was identified to mitigate those risks. Overall, the analysis identified a $19.4m investment on adaptation and mitigation measures to limit damages and avoid early repair needs.

Thanks to all innovations embedded and the quick and numerous digital iterations performed through ORIS, the A380 project is shaped to align with our climate ambitions. We have discovered a new capacity to comply with the highest climate requirements of ADB in terms of the project’s resilience, its carbon emission, mitigation and adaptation measures.Pawan Karki, Asian Development Bank.

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