A.L.I. Technologies Co., Ltd. A.L.I. Technologies forms a business partnership with Mapry, a surveying application development startup

Technologies, Inc.
A.L.I. Technologies forms a business alliance with Mapry, a surveying application development startup
-Promote operational efficiency of road facilities such as bridges of local governments, aiming for budget cuts of 30 billion yen (*1)-
Technologies Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, President: Daisuke Katano, ALI Technologies, hereinafter referred to as “A.L.I.”), Maply Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tamba City, Hyogo
Prefecture, Representative Director: Keiji , hereinafter ” We are pleased to inform you that we have signed a business alliance agreement with Maply for the joint development of hybrid solutions that utilize drones and 3D point cloud data in infrastructure structure inspections.
■ Background and purpose of the business alliance
Maply is a start-up company that develops applications for easily acquiring all kinds of spatial information such as 3D information and seamlessly analyzing and utilizing it. In the forestry field, we have established a solution that uses the patented technology of
“measurement and analysis of standing tree information” and “wood detection (LiDAR / photogrammetry)”, which was announced in 2022. In the Forestry Agency’s Smart Forestry Construction and Deployment Business Report, the company’s “geospatial information application platform” is featured as a technology that contributes to the realization of smart forestry.
At the same time, in the same report, Skydio, a US-made AI-equipped drone sold and provided by A.L.I., is used for the theme of aerial photography in forests and 3D modeling of forests, and drones and geospatial information in forestry. The high affinity of the solution app has been proven.
In this business alliance, by applying this technology that Maply has cultivated in the forestry field to the inspection of infrastructure structures, which A.L.I. is focusing on, a solution (inspection method and Application) will be newly developed by both companies, and the purpose is to contribute to national resilience and the creation of a sustainable society by significantly reducing inspection commission costs for road facilities such as bridges in local governments. [Image 1d32209-65-8d8ae3142bb4a1985eeb-0.png&s3=32209-65-10cf8820504dbebe66e0399f3f0823f3-1885x596.png
Received the Excellent Technology Award at the Infrastructure DX Competition The solution, which had been developed by both A.L.I. and Mapry with a view to a business alliance, was presented at the infrastructure DX competition sponsored by the Kinki Regional Development Bureau, “Must-have application for drone inspection (Maply inspection survey version) ~ Proximity 3D point cloud and Received the Excellent Technology Award for Drone Inspection Integrated Smartphone App. This solution realizes efficiency improvement of maintenance management data (regular inspection), which is an urgent issue for municipalities. This is an inspection application (hereinafter “this application”) that replaces the analog work process from handwriting to drawing with 3D point cloud and automatic image sorting.
The main function is to acquire proximity 3D point cloud data with drone photography and smartphones during inspections and surveys, overlay drawing data on the map, and store images, videos, and 3D data. It is possible to integrate existing 2D drawings, 3D point clouds, and drone shooting data information, reducing the burden of creating field notes on site and organizing data during internal work. In addition, it is possible to visualize the image position, photographed parts and data linkage, which is an issue of drone inspection, by plotting it on the drawing in the application. In addition, it is possible to exchange data between the ordering party and the contractor, as well as on-site bulletins, using only a smartphone using this application.
In recent years, the use of new technologies such as drones has been included in the action plan of the infrastructure life extension plan, and the use of drones in bridge inspections is rapidly expanding. However, it is important to make proper use of the inspection, which is not an external inspection that can be covered by a drone, but also a close visual inspection. Since there was no tool to link the series of tasks that had been performed separately until now, we believe that the widespread penetration of inspection methods using this app will accelerate the realization of infrastructure DX in bridge inspections. [Image 2d32209-65-f54003e3c743a215067d-1.png&s3=32209-65-e3b280fb2d9da55c59cef347ab1229c1-1660x686.png
Figure 1: Illustration of work using this application, excerpted from the materials of the infrastructure DX competition
■ Economic effect
A trial calculation based on the most recent unit price per step based on the conventional inspection method using inspection vehicles will result in an average cost of about 235,000 yen (*1) per bridge. By using this application and the drone manufactured by Skydio, which is sold and operated by A.L.I., data acquisition external work can be reduced from 6 hours to 1 hour (*1), and record creation internal work can be reduced from 3 hours to 0.5 hours. (*1) can be reduced. In addition, since inspection vehicles and traffic control personnel are not required, if the above work is converted from the start of traffic regulation to the creation of the damage map, the efficiency will be improved by 60% (*1). Cost reduction is possible. The annual cost of outsourcing bridge inspections to local governments alone is estimated to be around 50 billion yen (*1), so an annual reduction of 30 billion yen (*1) is expected.
■ Future development
A.L.I. will promote bridge inspections using this app, starting with our civil engineering unit. At the same time, we plan to start selling this application and Skydio aircraft to construction consultants and research companies throughout Japan. By expanding recognition as a new standard method for bridge inspection, we will achieve reductions in infrastructure inspection costs in basic local governments nationwide, and contribute to national resilience and the creation of a
sustainable society.
In addition to road bridges, we also plan to apply it to water pipe bridge inspections, which are scheduled to be transferred from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism from the next fiscal year. There is no fixed form for inspection of aqueduct bridges, and we estimate that the cost reduction effect will be greater than that of highway bridges.
-A.L.I. Technologies Co., Ltd.-
A.L.I. Technologies, with the slogan of “changing the structure of society from the air space (between the ground and the sky, the air within the range of human life)”, is a control application
“C.O.S.M.O.S.” that serves as an air mobility platform, and a practical hover bike ” XTURISMO” is being developed. A.L.I.
Technologies will continue to innovate as a Japanese start-up company that globally disseminates the systems necessary for the realization of an air mobility (manned and unmanned) society without being bound by existing ideas.
Official website: https://ali.jp/
Inquiries (Public Relations): info@ali.jp
-Maply Co., Ltd.-
Mapry is a service for everyone involved in surveying, forestry, disaster prevention, agriculture, and construction. We provide solutions that make it easy to acquire, analyze, and utilize 3D data, which has been difficult until now due to the difficulty of paying for surveying equipment and operating/analyzing equipment.
Official website: https://mapry.jp/
Contact: info@mapry.co.jp
(*1) Figures are calculated based on the following.
・Demonstration example of non-destructive inspection technology for road bridge inspection (Kyoto Prefecture)
http://library.jsce.or.jp/jsce/open/00035/2014/69-06/69-06-0510.pdf ・Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Road Bureau Road Maintenance
https://www.mlit.go.jp/road/sisaku/yobohozen/pdf/h29/30_03maint.pdf ・Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Road Bureau Road Bridge Periodic Inspection Work Estimate Material
https://www.mlit.go.jp/road/sisaku/yobohozen/tenken/bridge.pdf

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