ORIS: the smart way to sustainable roads

Holcim will work with IBM Services on developing ORIS, the first digital platform for road design optimization. The solution can reduce road projects and hugely decrease the cost and carbon emissions associated with road construction, while also tripling road durability and usage lifespans.


An average of 700,000 km of new roads are built around the world each year

Improving road quality and resilience will help reduce the massive amount of carbon emissions attributed to transportation. ORIS allows decision-makers to take the wheel when it comes to improving road construction and sustainability through smart project design. Because roads vary depending on location, climate, vehicle types and traffic volumes, it is a complex challenge to define the most sustainable mix of building materials and technologies, but htis is where ORIS can help out. By assessing road pavement designs from different perspectives, ORIS can recommend efficient construction and maintenance patterns with local materials availability and capabilities.


ORIS is supporting public policies that conserve natural resources

ORIS enables a more local and circular economy in road construction. “With global solutions like ORIS, we are committed to leading the way in low-carbon and circular construction as well as responsible natural resource consumption for roads and beyond. We have already entered into pilots with different partners such as road authorities, international financing institutions and engineering firms to use ORIS in both developed and emerging markets.” Marcel Cobuz, Region Head of Europe, Member of the Executive Committee with responsibility for innovation at Holcim on a global level.