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Decision Support Tool for Rail Infrastructure Managers

Objective

The project provides solutions for common infrastructure problems encountered in diverse regions of Europe, e.g. deterioration and scour damage to bridges, slope instability, damage to switches and crossings and track performance. Whilst similar failure modes are seen around the EU, the triggers (precipitation, earthquake loading etc.) are regional. The DESTination RAIL project will develop management tools based on scientific principles for risk assessment using real performance measurements and other vital data stored in an Information Management System. This will allow for a step-change in the management of European rail infrastructure.
The objectives will be achieved through a holistic management tool based on the FACT (Find, Analyse, Classify, Treat) principle.
Find - Improved techniques for the assessment of existing assets will be developed.
Analyse- Advanced probabilistic models fed by performance statistics and using databases controlled by an information management system.
Classify- The performance models will allow a step-change in risk assessment, moving from the current subjective (qualitative) basis to become fundamentally based on quantifiable data.
Treat - The impact of proposed remediation or reconstruction will be assessed using the a probabilistic whole life cycle model which includes financial and environmental costs and the impact of work on traffic flow.
The FACT principles will be implemented in a holistic decision support tool for infrastructure managers.
DESTination RAIL will result significant impact in relation to the objectives of the work programme. It will reduce the cost of investment by using the IMS to manage the network, (ii) Monitoring and real-times analyses will prevent unnecessary line restrictions and closures. (iii) Lower maintenance costs by optimisimg interventions in the life cycle of the asset and (iv) optimise traffic flow in the network.

Coordinator

GAVIN AND DOHERTY GEOSOLUTIONS LTD

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Killacloran Upper
- Aughrim Wicklow

Ireland

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 505 250

Participants (14)

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IARNROD EIREANN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

TRL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 271 500

ROBSON MICHAEL ALAN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 96 250

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU GRADEVINSKI FAKULTET

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 213 750

HZ INFRASTRUKTURA D.O.O.

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 183 750

ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 253 700

STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 256 250

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 227 500

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 407 800

OPENTRACK RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 141 250

ROUGHAN & O'DONOVAN LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 223 750

SLOVENSKE ZELEZNICE INFRASTRUKTURA DRUZBA ZA UPRAVLJANJE IN VZDRZEVANJE ZELEZNISKE INFRASTRUKTURE TER VODENJE ZELEZNISKEGA PROMETA DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 66 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 636285

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 924 800

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 000

Coordinated by:

GAVIN AND DOHERTY GEOSOLUTIONS LTD

Ireland