This sixth issue of the FORESEE newsletter highlights the final FORESEE conference and invites you to register and save the date for February 22nd. In addition, it identifies the increasing prioritisation that international governments are placing on resilience, international examples of environmental impacts on critical infrastructure, and finishes with a summary of the 2022 emerging trends in infrastructure as indicated by a recently published KPMG report
On 27th January, the Stakeholders Reference Group held its final workshop coordinated by its chairman Jesús Rodríguez.
The online workshop gathered 116 participants including 76 members of the SRG, 38 representatives from the FORESEE consortium and institutional keynotes Rafal Stanecki (European Commission, DG MOVE) and Sergio Escriba (CINEA). The aim of the workshop was to report FORESEE results and their validation through the applications in case studies (road and railway infrastructures).
To receive feedback and exchange views, an open discussion session was organised with transport infrastructures stakeholders on the advantages and disadvantages when applying FORESEE results in their infrastructure networks. To complement valuable outputs, a questionnaire has been launched to receive additional inputs from SRG attendees. A report with the collected answers and the discussions during the workshop will be available at this website by the first half of March 2022.
To download the presentations displayed by FORESEE partners during the technical sessions on 27th January, please click here.
The document includes strategic information from the 6 case studies describing objectives, hazards,
validation analysis, and outputs for infrastructure owners and operators.
Results Fact Sheets are divided in different sections with latest technical data:
- Traffic Module Tool
- Fragility Functions, Vulnerability Functions and Decision Support Interpreter Module Tool
- Virtual Modelling Platform Tool
- Alerting SAS platform Tool
- Governance Module
- Risk Mapping Tool
- Bridge Flooding Model Tool
- Command and Control Center
- A Fully Stochastic Flooding Prediction Methodology
- Hybrid Data Assessment For Diagnosis And Prognosis Tool
- Cyber-attack assessment – Madrid Calle 30
In addition, contact details of the experts who contributed to the guidelines can be found in the document:
This document will be further explained during the workshop organised by the Stakeholders Reference Group on the 27 January 2022.
On the 22nd November, a first milestone for FORESEE has been achieved after the official publication of the CEN Workshop agreement CWA 17819:2021 ‘Guidelines for the assessment of resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events’.
The continuous support and interest from several organisations, both from railways and road sectors, has successfully contributed to quickly reach the final objective. Improving infrastructure resilience in case of extreme events represents a strategic priority for infrastructure managers especially now when climate change consequences are clearly visible, and cybersecurity represents a main problem in a more digitalised Europe.
Through these months, the working group chaired by ETH Zurich and coordinated by UNE (Spanish CEN/CENELEC member) prepared the document adding amendments presented by different parties involved including representatives from the FORESEE consortium, public administrations, research, industry and other standardization bodies (26 members from Europe and 3rd countries, and EC as observer).
Discussions have been carried during four meetings finalising in September when the final text was approved. The guidelines contained in the CEN Workshop will be used to determine:
- How to measure the resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events.
- How to set targets for resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events
The CWA can be downloaded here:
“Guidelines for the assessment of resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events”
This item features the important of infrastructure resilience during last floods in northern Europe, description of the five case studies and the online study to make roads, railways and flights safer.
RECENT FLOODS IN EUROPE: A LESSON LEARNT FOR TRANSPORT AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE
FORESEE PRESENTS AT THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
FEATURE: PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE STUDY TO HELP US MAKE ROAD, TRAIN AND AIRPLANE TRIPS SAFER
FORESEE’S LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY PLAN AND EXPLOITATION OF KEY RESULTS
CASE STUDY 1: CARSOLI-TORANO (ITALY): A24 HIGHWAY
CASE STUDY 2: NAPLES TO BARI (ITALY) – A16 HIGHWAY
CASE STUDY 3: MONTABLIZ VIADUCT (SPAIN)
CASE STUDY 4: RAILWAY TRACK 6185 (OEBISFELDE-BERLIN SPANDAU)
CASE STUDY 5: M30 MADRID (SPAIN)
CASE STUDY 6: 25TH APRIL SUSPENDED BRIDGE – LISBON (PORTUGAL)
On the 2nd September, FORESEE was invited to present the project activities at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva (Switzerland).
Concretely, discussions on inland transport and climate change are leaded by the “GE.3 Group of Experts on Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Inland Transport” that gathers representatives from more than 50 members States and the European Commission. Contributing to current work, different initiatives are invited to the meetings to offer new approaches, tools and/or methodologies on how climate change is impacting the planning and operation of transport.
Representing the consortium, prof Bryan Adey (ETH) joined the 21st session of GE.3 describing goals and future results of FORESEE. The interesting element of the EU project is the multimodal approach (both for railways and roads) that improves resilience of critical engineering assets (bridges, tunnels or logistics terminals) reducing magnitude and/or duration of natural and human-made catastrophes.
The presentation at UNECE represents an important milestone for the project in terms of dissemination at the very high international level in UNECE and confirming the importance of R&I to develop a more resilient transport infrastructure able to mitigate the impact of the climate change.
Further information about UNECE here.
On the 18th March, the FORESEE Stakeholders’ Reference Group organised the 3rd online workshop on “Monitoring-based Decision Support for Resilient Transport Infrastructures”.
As continuation of the work developed by the group of experts advising the FORESEE Project, discussions focussed on latest developments regarding monitoring technologies, data-driven models, as well as predictive, diagnostic and prognostic tools for strategic transport infrastructures (bridges, tunnels, slopes, etc).
A representative from the European Commission (DG MOVE) kicked the meeting describing the EU vision regarding climate change and resilient transport infrastructure that includes a strong policy and regulatory framework (Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy) to achieve 90% reduction of transport related emissions by 2050. The future FORESEE methodology will contribute to this ambitious goal providing road and railways infrastructure managers with a guideline to make transport assets more resilient promoting latest technologies to ensure quick recovery after extreme manmade and natural events.
The workshop continued with a keynote speech on the monitoring-based assessment of bridges to support maintenance and operation decisions. Technical presentations and discussions were split in two main sessions moderated by representatives from AISCAT and Fraunhofer Institute:
- Assessment at the Component, System and Network level with presentations from Tecnalia, Telespazio UK and University of Edinburgh
- Data-Driven Decision Support Tools with presentations from ETH Zurich, RINA Consulting and Tecnalia
A final roundtable moderated by Jesús Rodríguez (SRG chairman) gathered different transport infrastructure stakeholders (roads/highways/railways). Discussions combined exchange of good practices knowledge from public authorities and private sector perspectives on monitoring technologies, data-driven models, as well as predictive diagnostic and prognostic tools for bridges, tunnels, slopes, etc. In this sense, the SRG has proved to be a perfect platform and active group to network, share and engage with more than 190 professionals from 78 organisations in the transport infrastructure sector.
Should you want to join the SRG and get the presentations of the workshop, please contact Jesús Rodríguez.
SRG discussions on “Measuring the resilience of, and prioritizing interventions for, road transport systems in practice”
On the 21th January, more than 50 participants joined the 4th webinar of the FORESEE Stakeholders Reference Group with presentations from ETH Zurich, Autostrade per l’Italia and Cemosa.
SRG Chairman Jesús Rodríguez conducted the discussions under the topic “Measuring the resilience of, and prioritizing interventions for, road transport systems in practice”. The meeting is following-up the conclusions of the last webinar (18-06-2020) when the algorithms to determine optimal restoration and risk reduction intervention programs were presented.
FORESEE aims at developing a solution to be implemented in real scenarios. In this case, the highway A16 in Italy was the case study where technical presentations focussed. Concretely, participants discussed deployment of the algorithms through two methodologies able to support infrastructure managers in deciding on the prioritization of interventions in real-world practical situations (i.e. with various degrees of accuracy required, time-frames at disposition, expertise, and information available).
The presentations covered the following elements:
- Methodology to define the transport system to be investigated, to measure the service provided and the resilience, and to set resilience targets, and
- Methodology to prioritize resilience enhancing interventions, taking into account current and target values of resilience indicators
FORESEE will organize the 3rd online SRG workshop on Monitoring-based Decision Support for Resilient Transport Infrastructures next 18th March 2021.
For further information, please contact Jesús Rodríguez.
The kick-off meeting of the new CEN Workshop “Assessment of the resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events” took place on the 14th of January.
An important milestone of the FORESEE Project will be to pioneer the pre-standardisation route in the field of transport infrastructure resilience. Concretely, a group of experts from public administration, private sector, research and standardisation bodies will work together during the coming months to develop a specific methodology through the CEN Workshop and working hand in hand with the EU H2020 research project FORESEE.
The first meeting served to introduce the working procedure, initial and to appoint its governance including a Chairman (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and a Secretariat (UNE, Spain). It approved the project “Guidelines for the assessment of resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events”, which will provide a guide to determine, firstly, how to measure the resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events and, secondly, how to set targets for resilience of transport infrastructure to potentially disruptive events both natural (i.e. floodings, heavy snowfalls, earthquakes) and manmade (i.e. accidents or terrorism).
For further information about the CEN Workshop, please contact Aitor Aragón: [email protected]