Transport demand, both for passengers and freight, is growing strongly. To meet the economic growth targets of the Lisbon Agenda and to facilitate the economic integration of the European Union, European transportation needs to cater for a continuing medium term growth in demand. However, transport growth using the technologies of today is unsustainable. New technologies and processes need to be developed which deliver cheap transport which is sustainable. In the past two decades there has been a revolution in electronic sensor and processing technologies. Sensors and the associated multiplexing electronics and software tools are now cheap and reliable which creates potential for new innovative uses in all kinds of ways. The TEAM proposal will exploit the benefits of new sensor and processing technologies, methodologies, models and algorithms to monitor the condition and safety of transport infrastructure. These new sources of asset health data, combined with new computer models and algorithms, will achieve a step change gain in the accuracy of condition and safety assessments. Knowing exactly the processes, parameters, implications and state of health of transport infrastructure assets, will extend their safe working lives and reduce costs. It will prevent premature and sub-optimal repair, rehabilitation and replacement of assets without compromising safety. The TEAM project will not just achieve these technological advances but will also develop training structures for a new generation of PhD students with the specialist and complementary skills necessary to develop the transport infrastructure of tomorrow.
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