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Winners of the Fourth Infrastructure Maintenance Awards Decided

- Recognizing Excellence in Infrastructure Maintenance Initiatives and Technology Development -

November 27, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), together with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), and the Ministry of Defense (MOD), has selected the recipients of the Ministerial Awards for the Infrastructure Maintenance Awards. The award ceremony is scheduled to be held on January 8 (Fri.), 2021.

1. Outline of the Infrastructure Maintenance Awards

The Infrastructure Maintenance Awards recognize outstanding initiatives and technology developments related to social infrastructure maintenance (hereinafter referred to as “infrastructure maintenance”) in Japan. It aims to invigorate the maintenance industry by disseminating best practices and promoting initiatives by companies, groups, and researchers involved in infrastructure maintenance in Japan, while also raising its awareness.

2. Applications and Review Results

The METI Minister Award was newly established for the forth award program and received 288 applications from February 14 to May 29, 2020. METI is pleased to announce that two winners of the METI Minister Award, one winner of the Special Award, and five winners of the Award for Excellence have been selected by the screening committee of experts (Chairman: Mr. Miki Chitoshi, President of Tokyo City University) as follows. The entire list of award winners is incldued in the Appendix.

Award Category* Field Applicant (name of representative company/group) Title
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award B Electricity Kansai Transmission and Distribution, Inc. Development of  Efficient Renewal Plans Using Equipment Information
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award C Electricity Tohoku Electric Power Network Co., Inc. Development and Operation of an AI-Based Diagnosis System for Corrosion and Degradation of Transmission Towers
Special Award C Gas Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. and others Remote Gas Leak Detection Technology Using Lasers
Award for Excellence C Gas Asahi Kasei Corp. Sharing of Equipment Data held by individual Chemical Companies and Development of a Predictive Model of Corrosion Under Lagging Materials Based on Such Data
Award for Excellence C Electricity Hitachi, Ltd. and others Maintenance Technology for Photovoltaic Generation Facilities Utilizing the Semiconductor Characteristics of the Panels
Award for Excellence C Electricity Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. and others Development and Commercialization of a Rebar Fracture Diagnostic Device for Concrete Columns
Award for Excellence A Electricity C-Tech Corporation Small-Scale Civil Engineering (Kodoboku) Technology Developed from Maintenance Techniques for Power Transmission Towers
Award for Excellence C Electricity Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. and others Introduction of Advanced Boiler Maintenance Technology System in Tomato Atsuma Power Plant Unit 4

*A: Ingenuity in Maintenance Practice On-site
B: Activities to Support Infrastructure Maintenance
C: Technology Development

3. Schedule

The commendation ceremony is scheduled to be held jointly by the ministries on January 8 (Fri.), 2021. Details will be announced at a later date.

Division in Charge

Industrial Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group

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