FORESEE

Future proofing strategies FOr RESilient transport networks against Extreme Events

Business Time Project Coordinator Funding Scheme
Transport & Infrastructure Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 28/02/2022
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION Spain H2020-MG-2017-Two-Stages


Challenge

In Europe and Worldwide, natural or man-made hazards are strongly impacting citizen’s safety and generate increasing economic loses year by year. The transport system is particularly sensitive to them, since it represents an extremely fragile asset, whose functions and services have to be ensured continually and safely, in face of unanticipated events.

This requires the adoption of various measures including investments that Infrastructure Managers will have to face in the future, in order to maintain these functionalities and definitely to improve the resilience of the network. In this context, in 2018, the FORESEE project has been funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 769373.

The overall objective of the project is to provide cost effective and reliable tools to improve resilience of transport infrastructure, as the ability to reduce the magnitude and/or duration of disruptive events.

Through new innovative technologies, methodologies and resilient schemes, FORESEE will help Infrastructure Managers to disruptive hazards impacting on the transportation network, namely:

  • Extreme Weather Events, such as flooding and heavy rainfalls, snow and wind, landslides, earthquakes
  • Man-made hazards: both intentional and accidental FORESEE will address the impacts of the above-mentioned hazards on the transport assets (bridges, tunnels, pavement, slopes, terminals), on the citizens and freights transport and cascading effects that may rise, affecting the multi-modal transport network.

Approach

In the framework of FORESEE, Among various engineering activities, RINA is in charge of the development of the Response, Mitigation and Adaptation Toolkit.

Issues such as compatible standards and interfaces, security measures to be implemented, compatibility and transferability of information from/to legacy systems and external database, access, etc. will be part of the process for the definition of the architecture of the FORESEE Toolkit. Moreover, RINA will deal with the customization of the Toolkit to the pilots and demonstration cases.

Finally, RINA will define, develop and deliver a learning package consisting on training materials and interactive description of a set of usage scenarios and potential application cases.

Conclusion

In conclusion, FORESEE innovations will impact on an increase of the level of service for transport infrastructure, with the aim of improving the resilience of the transport network across the various phases of the life-cycle. FORESEE targets the following impacts:

  • Improvements of the Return of the investment in infrastructure projects
  • Reduction of maintenance costs for road and rail infrastructure
  • Downtime reduction, with a consequent impact on the User Safety and user’s satisfaction of the transport system.

Project consortium

1. RINA CONSULTING SPA Italy 2. FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. Germany 3. UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA Spain 4. FUTURE ANALYTICS CONSULTING LIMITED Ireland 5. FERROVIAL AGROMAN SA Spain 6. UNIVERSITY OF BATHUnited Kingdom 7. CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS DE MATERIALES Y CONTROL DE OBRA SA Spain 8. LOUIS BERGER SPAIN SA Spain 9. INGENIERIA Y CONSERVACION CONTRAINCENDIOS SL Spain 10. INFRAESTRUTURAS DE PORTUGAL SA Portugal 11. AISCAT SERVIZI SRL Italy 12. AUTOSTRADE PER L'ITALIA SPA Italy 13. EUROPEAN UNION ROAD FEDERATION Belgium 14. EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH Switzerland 15. TELESPAZIO VEGA UK LIMITED United Kingdom 16. THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH United Kingdom 17. IVE - INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT FUR VERKEHRS- UND EISENBAHNWESEN MBH Germany

Clemente Fuggini

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