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GEOLAB: Science for enhancing Europe's Critical Infrastructure

Objective

The existing Critical Infrastructure (CI) of Europe in the water, energy, urban and transport sector is facing major challenges because of pressures such as climate change, extreme weather, geo-hazards, aging and increased usage in combination with pivotal changes in the CI to meet long-term societal goals (e.g. energy transition).

The GEOLAB research infrastructure consists of 11 unique installations in Europe aimed to study subsurface behavior and the interaction with structural CI elements (e.g. a bridge) and the environment. The installations already represent the best of the state-of-the-art available today. However, up to now, work in these installations has been independent and uncoordinated, significantly limiting the outcome for users among academia, industry and CI network managers. There is a gap in the European research landscape for an integrated, advanced research infrastructure in this field. This GEOLAB initiative will fill that gap.

The scientific research community will use the innovative capabilities of GEOLAB from the JRAs to perform ground-breaking research, to be published in international peer reviewed, high impact journals. For CI managers and policy makers, the activities will result in a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing CI and evidence to base decision making upon. The construction industry will use GEOLAB to proof innovative solutions for the CI and so gain more leadership in the industrial and enabling technologies. The GEOLAB consortium will engage in different types of innovations processes with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). There will be close interaction with those SMEs that develop user-friendly engineering software from numerical modelling advances which are validated in the TA projects. We will explicitly challenge SMEs on sensing, new materials and other niches for innovative solutions, which will have spinoff in other fields of application, contributing to the competitiveness of Europe.

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRAIA-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

STICHTING DELTARES
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 926 873,75

Participants (9)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 492 161,25
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 564 395
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 318 925
Address
Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 410 542,50
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT
Norway
EU contribution
€ 472 042,50
Address
Sognsveien 72
N-0855 Oslo
Activity type
Other
CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS Y EXPERIMENTACION DE OBRAS PUBLICAS - CEDEX
Spain
EU contribution
€ 398 401,25
Address
C/ Alfonso Xii 3-5
28014 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE GUSTAVE EIFFEL
France
EU contribution
€ 549 912,50
Address
5 Boulevard Descartes Campus De Marne-la-valle
77454 Marne-la-vallee
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 554 284,75
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KPMG
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 311 750
Address
1 Stokes Place - St Stephens Green
D02DE03 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)