Applications open for the National residential asbestos heatmap by predictive modelling approach to market

12 Jul 2021

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has published an open tender for the provision of a National residential asbestos heatmap by predictive modelling. We are seeking submissions to deliver a data-driven heatmap that predicts the likelihood of the presence or absence of asbestos in Australian homes nation-wide.

As a part of the project, several datasets will be provided to the successful applicant, with information on asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in residential properties.

The heatmap is to be developed using artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics approaches that incorporate the differing data formats of the supplied datasets. Datasets will need to be analysed to understand, train and use fit-for-purpose AI models that are able to predict the presence or absence of ACMs in the residential environment. While the main input datasets contain asbestos information from expert opinion or laboratory analysis of ACMs from different locations within a home (e.g. outdoor fence, roof or cladding, indoor walls and ceilings or floors), the heatmap will need to integrate this as a whole-of-home prediction for ACMs. Ultimately, the end product should include an estimation of the number of homes in Australia that are predicted to still contain ACMs.

This work will make a critical contribution towards implementation of target 9 of the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2019–23.

Applications close on Friday, 13 August 2021 at 5pm AEST.

For information about the approach to market and to make a submission, please visit the AusTender page.