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Technology is powering a new smart era of infrastructure

From a strong commitment to science-based sustainability to building highways of the future, ASTM Group redefines the modern infrastructure player

Good infrastructure repays investment: it facilitates the movement of goods and people, which positively effect economies by creating efficiencies along the value chain.  

Umberto Tosoni, CEO ASTM Group, says that governments around the world recognise the importance of infrastructure:

“Infrastructure is a necessity today because it enables commerce, businesses, travel, connecting people, connecting ideas…

It is fundamental to improve infrastructure because it is the platform that can boost the economy.”

The ASTM Group is a global player in the infrastructure sector. It is the world’s second largest motorway concession operator and a leader in EPC and in mobility technology. Tosoni says that modern infrastructure must rely ever more on technology:

“Technology is fundamental for the growth of a new era of infrastructure.”

ASTM, headquartered in Italy, Europe, and has major activities in Brazil and North America. Amelia Celia, Sustainability Officer at ASTM, explains why the company is so committed to sustainability:

“Sustainability is important for ASTM for two reasons. First, ASTM is concerned as a good corporate citizen to promote policies, to guarantee a better future for the earth. The other reason is more practical: sustainability is a necessary path to be more competitive and render the organization more resilient.... For this reason, in 2021, ASTM set Science Based Targets (SBT) for GHG emissions.”

ASTM in fact is the first motorway concessionaire in Europe to adopt SBTs. The commitment to sustainability includes ASTM’s activities around the world as Fernanda Meireles, Engineering Planning Coordinator, explains:

“EcoRodovias is a subsidiary of ASTM in Brazil and is one of the largest highway infrastructure companies in the country. For over 20 years, it manages nine highway concessions, which represent around 4,000 kilometers.

Meireles says that ASTM’s oversight of the highway concessions has meant that the Brazil can see the benefits of better infrastructure whilst promoting the wider aim of sustainability: 

“Brazil has many opportunities to grow, EcoRodovias wants to be part of it, and we want to continue to preserve the environment.”

Halmar International, a heavy civil contractor and subsidiary of ASTM, is managing the Penn Station Access Project, a US$1.87bn contract to expand and upgrade existing rail infrastructure in New York. Rob Power, Project Manager, says that the project will change the experience of New York travelers for decades to come:

“Halmar and ASTM are working with public owners to build quality, cost effective projects, that are going to last 75 to 100 years. Penn Station Access is a tremendous project. We're building bridges, train stations, traction power substations, overhead catenation structures and 20 miles of new railroad track for a brand-new railroad that's being run into New York City. The project will be designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of Envision, which is essentially an environmental report card that tracks sustainability for construction projects.”

Closer to the company’s roots, Autostrada A4 - Europe’s first smart highway - is a textbook example of how ASTM using technology to enhance infrastructure. By utilizing continuous digital monitoring systems ASTM has a real time understanding of the conditions of a highway’s bridges, tunnels and roads, that are now being built to be more resilient and impact the environment less.

Pietro Contegno, Technology Officer, explains:

“We have developed a platform that can collect information about roadworks, weather and traffic conditions, congestion and accidents. We transmit this information between vehicles and the operational control center, giving real time feedback to provide more efficient operation.”

For Umberto Tosoni, ASTM aims to be a protagonist of sustainable infrastructure:

“The essential part is to have an infrastructure safer, fully connected, modern that can give the best travel experience to our client. And this is the only way to build a better future.”

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