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Technology innovation in underground construction

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11817

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    30 November 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 25 409 650

  • EU contribution

    € 14 000 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT GRAZ

Austria

Objective

The goal of the project is the transformation of European underground construction into a high tech, high added value activity, capable of giving cost-efficient, sustainable and novel solutions to societal needs.

It addresses underground construction issues, which will contribute to improve the quality of life of citizens for example by reducing traffic congestion and the associated pollution and noise. By moving infrastructures underground, aboveground spaces are freed. The project will develop methods that allow a proper assessment of construction risk, innovative materials/techniques and will result in higher quality construction processes beyond the conventional ones used today. This will also impact on the safety of workers.

The aim is to perform research and development in order to produce an Underground Construction, Integrated Platform (UCIP) that will include all aspects of the life cycle of an underground construction from planning to operation/maintenance.

As a consequence of the work proposed underground construction will be more economic (we expect a reduction of 30% of costs and time at the end of the project), safer (the accident rates will be reduced by 50%) and more environmentally friendly.

The consequence of this will be that underground space will be increasingly used to alleviate pressing problems that will confront the European society in the next 20 years:

Traffic congestion (freight transport is for example expected to increase by 60% from 2000 to the year 2020), increasing urbanisation (mega cities), lack of space and pollution of air and water. In addition the European industry will be more competitive in the world market.

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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT GRAZ

Address

Rechbauerstrasse 12
Graz

Austria

Participants (34)

AMBERG ENGINEERING AG

Switzerland

BOUYGUES TRAVAUX PUBLICS

France

DRAGADOS S.A.

Spain

GEODATA ZIVILTECHNIKERGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

HERRENKNECHT AG

Germany

HOCHTIEF CONSTRUCTION AG

Germany

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

CENTRE D'ETUDES DES TUNNELS

France

GEOTECNIA Y CIMIENTOS, S.A.

Spain

GLOETZL, GESELLSCHAFT FUER BAUMESSTECHNIK MBH

Germany

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

PROF. DR.-ING. B. MAIDL, DIPL.-ING. R. MAIDL - BERATENDE INGENIEURE GMBH UND CO. KG

Germany

MOTT MACDONALD LIMITED

United Kingdom

MONTANUNIVERSITÄT LEOBEN

Austria

NCC CONSTRUCTION SVERIGE AB

Sweden

ACCIONA INFRAESTRUCTURAS SA

Spain

SIKA S.A.

Spain

STUDIENGESELLSCHAFT FUER UNTERIRDISCHE VERKEHRSANLAGEN E.V.

Germany

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK (TNO)

Netherlands

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

Greece

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT WIEN

Austria

MAXAMCORP, S.A.U.

Spain

SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION

Austria

ED. ZUEBLIN AG

Germany

KOPEX S.A.

Poland

EMPRESA NACIONAL DE RESIDUOS RADIOACTIVOS S.A.

Spain

ACOME

France

ASOCIACIÓN PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN Y EL DESARROLLO INDUSTRIAL DE LOS RECURSOS NATURALES

Spain

CENTER ZA RACUNALNISTVO V MEHANIKI KONTINUUMA MODELIRANJE IN TRZENJE

Slovenia

CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE MÉTODES NUMÉRICS EN ENGINYERIA

Spain

COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

FCC CONSTRUCCION S.A.

Spain

GESTIÓ D'INFRAESTRUCTURES, S.A.

Spain

UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11817

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    30 November 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 25 409 650

  • EU contribution

    € 14 000 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT GRAZ

Austria