New H2020 project SAFE-10-T aims to turn transportation networks and infrastructure objects into smart systems

30 januari 2017 door Webredactie CiTG

Professor Ken Gavin of the Geoscience & Engineering Department of TU Delft, is the technical leader of a new Horizon 2020 project SAFE-10-T that will receive 3 million euros funding from the H2020 programme Mobility for Growth. The goal of the project is to develop a safety and maintenance prediction framework that allows detecting failures to infrastructure (roads, bridges, railroads, waterways) before they actually occur, and to identify and target highly stressed zones to avoid deterioration.

Objects communicating their own condition

The SAFE-10-T project will provide a means of virtually eradicating sudden failures by implementing remote sensing techniques and wireless sensor networks. This allows for bridges, tunnels and earthworks to become smart, intelligent (self-learning) objects that are able to communicate their own current condition.

Interdisciplinary challenges

This project will bring together inter-disciplinary experts from risk based assessment of infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence (AI), wireless sensor networks and data management sectors with sociologists and industry groups to deliver a next generation, cross-modal safety model that will be transformative for infrastructure safety. The research consortium consists of fifteen partners from The Netherlands, Ireland, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. Partners include Rijkswaterstaat and Network Rail. The work at TU Delft will be undertaken by members of the Geo-engineering section including Dr’s Wout Broere, Cormac Reale and Luke Prendergast, while Professor Pieter van Gelder represents Safety Science. The project will kick-off in May 2017.

Demonstrative projects

The project will have a number of demonstration projects. As an example the Port of Rijeka, Croatia will be used to demonstrate the project outputs at both an object (Tunnel Safety model) and network, a traffic flow analysis will be undertaken assuming some disruption to an object on the rail network. Upgrading of the infrastructure and the development of a multi-modal platform at the Port of Rijeka forms two of the three Core Network (Rijeka-Zagreb-Budapest) projects proposed for Croatia under the CEF.

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