2nd International Conference on Road and Rail Infrastructure (CETRA 2012)

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Creator Kenneth Gavin; UCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University College Dublin
Marko Vajdić; Institut IGH, d.d. Intitute for Infrastructure
Goran Puž; INTITUT IGH, d.d.
Irina Stipanovic Oslakovic; Institut IGH University of Twente
Velimir Sporčić; HŽ Infrastruktura, d.o.o. Razvoj i građenje
Subject FP7 project, SMART Rail project, degradation of the railway track, new rehabilitation methods
Description Europe needs a safe and cost effective transport network to encourage movement of goods and people within the EU and towards major markets in the East. This is central to European transport, economic and environmental policy. Many parts of Europe's rail network were constructed in the mid–19th century, long before the advent of modern construction standards. Historic levels of low investment, poor maintenance strategies and the deleterious effects of climate change (for example scour of bridge foundations due to flooding and rainfall induced landslides) has resulted in critical elements of the rail network such as bridges, tunnels and earthworks being at significant risk of failure. The consequence of failures of major infrastructure elements is severe and can include loss of life, significant replacement costs (typically measured in millions of Euro's) and line closures which can often last for months. The SMART Rail project brings together experts in the areas of highway and railway infrastructure research, SME's and railway authorities who are responsible for the safety of national infrastructure. The goal of the project is to reduce replacement costs, delay and provide environmentally friendly maintenance solutions for ageing infrastructure networks. This will be achieved through the development of state of the art methods to analyze and monitor the existing infrastructure and make realistic scientific assessments of safety. These engineering assessments of current state will be used to design remediation strategies to prolong the life of existing infrastructure in a cost–effective manner with minimal environmental impact. This paper presents the organization, scope of work and project objectives of the SMART Rail project.
Publisher CETRA 2012
Contributor Seventh framework programme - Collaborative Project: Small or medium-scale focused research project
Date 2017-02-28 17:36:06
Type Peer-reviewed Paper
Format application/pdf
Source CETRA 2012; 2nd International Conference on Road and Rail Infrastructure
Language en
Rights <p>Authors who submit to this conference agree to the following terms:<br /> <strong>a)</strong> Authors retain copyright over their work, while allowing the conference to place this unpublished work under a <a href="">Creative Commons Attribution License</a>, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the work, with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and its initial presentation at this conference. <br /> <strong>b)</strong> Submitted full papers will be published in the book of proceedings "Road and Rail Infrastructure II" as well as in digital form (on a CD). Conference organiser is allowed to publish author's names, institution and country as well as the paper abstract on the conference web site.</p>

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