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Development of Resource-efficient and Advanced underGrOund techNologies

Objective

Increased global competition, economic requirements in order to act budget-conscious as well as current (and future) environmental regulations have caused/will cause the need for new underground construction technologies in order to guarantee resource-efficiency within the tunnelling processes. The before mentioned situation also calls for a paradigm shift from only landfilling with excavation material in a direction to re-use the excavated material by nearly 100% as valuable new raw material in other industrial processes and sectors.
Therefore the overall goal of DRAGON is to develop new work flows and new techniques in order to guarantee a) a fast detection of useable materials; b) an immediate separation of high value materials already within the underground construction site and c) the recycling of that material on the backup system of the tunnel boring machines.
Based on that research results a number of different prototypes will be developed and tested throughout the project duration.
Another important impact of DRAGON is that the LCA (life cycle analysis) is going to provide scientific evidence that the re-use of excavated tunnelling material will result in more resource-efficient and more closed-loop related systems (even in industry-related economy) in Europe.
A complex project such as DRAGON can only be addressed by joint and concerted actions of outstanding experts: DRAGON`s scientific partner MUL belongs to Europe`s leading tunnelling experts; the 4 participating SME partners are highly specialised companies which are active in environmental niche markets; HK as market leader of mechanized tunnelling systems guarantees the market power and brings in the corresponding market knowledge whereas PORR as end user partner will mostly benefit from the newly developed equipment and the way to save costs either by commercializing valuable excavation materials or by re-using excavation material as its own raw material.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 006 400
Administrative Contact
Karin Rehatschek (Ms.)

Participants (6)

PORR BAU GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 239 396
Address
Absberggasse 47
1100 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Kremnitzer (Dr.)
HERRENKNECHT AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 980
Address
Schlehenweg 2
77963 Schwanau Allmannsweier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Edelmann (Mr.)
B+G BETONTECHNOLOGIE + MATERIALBEWIRTSCHAFTUNG AG B+G
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 566 400
Address
Dorfstrass 10
3073 Gumligen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cédric Thalmann (Dr.)
JACQUES ALAIN BURDIN
France
EU contribution
€ 134 490,60
Address
Le Parvis La Feclaz Station
73230 Les Deserts
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacques Burdin (Mr.)
Thinkstep Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 414 000
Address
Catherine Place 35
SW1E 6DY London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jane Anderson (Ms.)
INDUTECH INSTRUMENTS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 499 992,40
Address
Ahornweg 6
72226 Simmersfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Klein (Dr.)