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FOX Report Summary

Project ID: 653631
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FOX (Forever Open infrastructure across (X) all transport modes)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

An efficient and high-quality transport infrastructure is a fundamental requirement for the connectivity of people and goods in Europe and basis for economic growth, competitiveness and territorial cohesion. In general, the transport network in Europe is of a high standard but is still fragmented regarding the geographical distribution and the transport modes.In recent years, first networking activities and exchange of strategic programmes among the stakeholders of the four transport modes – road, rail, water and air – can be noticed but still a mono-modal, monodisciplinary culture exists. The FOX project aims to develop a highly efficient and effective cross-modal R&D environment and culture which meets the demanding requirements of the transport and connectivity. Based on already existing programmes and agendas related to the aspects of comodal transport research, the FOX project will identify common needs and innovative techniques in the areas of construction, maintenance, inspection, and recycling & reuse of transport infrastructure. This will be reached by the involvement of all stakeholders (owners, researchers, and industry) of the four transport modes.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The goal of the FOX project is to identify construction, maintenance, inspection and recycling and re-use methods which could be used for at least two transport modes today, or have the potential to be applied on a cross-modal basis in the future.
Across each work package a state-of-the-art of the practices and research projects was undertaken across transport modes. This also involved analysis of projects, papers, technical guidelines and specifications. In particular, the following objectives were achieved:
• A literature screening was performed. The screening provided an insight on the different guidelines, regulations, best practices and new projects.
• A screening was undertaken for each mode separately. For example, for maintenance, there was a strong distinction between maintenance of asphalt and concrete in the road and airfield sector. Additionally, for maintenance an analysis of the screened literature showed that the possibility of having synergy effects is especially high between the road and airfield sector. The analysis further suggested a different distinction of the most promising areas and concepts.
• A detailed discussion about the most promising multimodal, cross-modal concepts was subsequently presented.
• Identification of promising opportunities, knowledge and practices from different transport modes. This will help to develop roadmaps for future initiatives on cross-modal re-search of new methods.
• Identification of future common cross-modal research needs. Such approach across modes will contribute towards enabling the integrated future transport system, and add value to the mode-specific R&D strategies, agendas and roadmaps, while strengthening the culture of partnerships among operators of the single transport modes.

Following the completion of the state of the art stage of the project, a significant amount of work has been done. This has involved workshops with all WP’s, project partners, and interested audience which took place in January 2016. Furthermore, extensive brainstorming sessions and interviews with project partners and other industry stakeholders have taken place during 2016 and their results have been already evaluated. For example, for the WP3 Maintenance, the best practices identified in deliverable report D3.1 (State of the art, best practice and new concepts in modular design and automated maintenance techniques in each mode) were assessed by the stakeholders during this workshop. From the original list, eight promising best practices were deemed to have potential. In addition to these eight original ones, 14 new ones were identified during the creation process of Deliverable D3.2 (Description of the best practices of maintenance useful for other transportation modes and identification of common research needs). All 22 best practices identified were then ranked according to the scoring guidelines developed by the consortium in order to develop the next stages of the project.
Additionally, the second USE-iT and FOX stakeholder workshop was held in September 2016 in Brussels for approximately 50 international stakeholders across a range of national road authorities and industry. This involved input/feedback from experts about the challenges and other possible research areas, proposed allocation of funding for each research area or challenge, and discussion of which research areas should be prioritized. The outputs will be then developed into the next stages of the project.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The FOX project will produce a number of concrete outputs which will help experts and practitioners to implement into practice the last research results from different transport modes. These include:
- A report of “State of the art and best practices in modular design and automated construction techniques in each mode” will be developed in every WP.
- The Final Report entitled “Description of the best practice useful for other transportation modes and identification of common research needs” will be made, which will identify the most promising methods in the field of construction, maintenance, inspection and recycle & reuse.
- Adoption of the agenda for the further improvement of multi-modal research, development, innovation and implementation. This includes among others initiatives for further knowledge sharing between the transport modes (e.g. conferences), partnerships between organisations from different transport modes (to share knowledge), new EU or national (research) initiatives for cross-modal research, innovation and implementation.
- Establishment of a “Working Group” of stakeholders and experts from different transport modes. The Working Group will identify the most promising new constructions, material or testing method based on practice experiences and some specific requirements of each transport mode.
- A Roadmap that will include a strategy which will set out how to implement the latest research results into practice.

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Record Number: 196270 / Last updated on: 2017-03-28
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