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Smart Maintenance and Analysis of Transport Infrastructure

Objective

Europe needs a safe and cost effective transport network to encourage movement of goods and people within the EU and towards major markets in the East. This is central to European transport, economic and environmental policy. Many parts of Europe’s rail network were constructed in the mid 19th century long before the advent of modern construction standards. Historic levels of low investment, poor maintenance strategies and the deleterious effects of climate change (for example scour of bridge foundations due to flooding and rainfall induced landslides) has resulted in critical elements of the rail network such as bridges, tunnels and earthworks being at significant risk of failure. The consequence of failures of major infrastructure elements is severe and can include loss of life, significant replacement costs (typically measured in millions of Euro’s) and line closures which can often last for months.
The SMART Rail project brings together experts in the areas of highway and railway infrastructure research, SME’s and railway authorities who are responsible for the safety of national infrastructure, The goal of the project is to reduce replacement costs, delay and provide environmentally friendly maintenance solutions for ageing infrastructure networks. This will be achieved through the development of state of the art methods to analyse and monitor the existing infrastructure and make realistic scientific assessments of safety. These engineering assessments of current state will be used to design remediation strategies to prolong the life of existing infrastructure in a cost-effective manner with minimal environmental impact.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 459 967,70
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)

Participants (14)

SLOVENSKE ZELEZNICE DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 95 022
Address
Kolodvorska Ulica 11
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Kovačič (Mr.)
FORUM DES LABORATOIRES NATIONAUX EUROPEENS DE RECHERCHE ROUTIERE FEHRLAISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 408 763,95
Address
Boulevard De La Woluwe 42
1200 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laurie Ferrier (Ms.)
EURNEX e. V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 438 340
Address
Hardenbergstrasse 12
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang H. Steinicke (Mr.)
INSTITUT IGH DD
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 172 635
Address
Janka Rakuse 1
10 000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Goran Puz (Dr.)
ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 343 353,75
Address
Dimiceva Ulica 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karmen Fifer Bizjak (Dr.)
ROUGHAN & O'DONOVAN LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 199 012,50
Address
Arena Road Arena House
18 Sandyford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eugene O'brien (Prof.)
ADAPTRONICA ZOO SP
Poland
EU contribution
€ 101 620,40
Address
Ul. Szpitalna 32
05 092 Lomianki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Przemyslaw Kolakowski (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)
INSTYTUT KOLEJNICTWA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 99 965
Address
Chlopickiego 50
04 275 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Witold Olpinski (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 15 000
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jill Harris (Ms.)
HZ INFRASTRUKTURA D.O.O.
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 49 999,20
Address
Ulica Antuna Mihanovica 12
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Velimir Sporcic (Mr.)
IARNROD EIREANN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 71 006,50
Address
Amiens Street Connolly Station
1 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cathy Mcvicker (Ms.)
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Naylor (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 42 369
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Coby Van Houten - Vos (Ms.)