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A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words 150 150 foresee

The FORESEE video provides a clear explanation of the future methodology “Made in Europe” able to ensure a more resilient multimodal transport infrastructure while optimising road and rail asset management strategies against manmade or natural hazards.

Watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFC_dAMTQws&t=56s

Presenting latest developments on resilience to ADIF (Spanish Railway Infrastructure Body)

Presenting latest developments on resilience to ADIF (Spanish Railway Infrastructure Body) 453 339 foresee

On 29 November, a delegation of FORESEE (Tecnalia and SRG Chairman) presented in Madrid the ongoing research to ADIF that is the Spanish state-owned railway infrastructure manager part of the Ministry of Development. ADIF was founded in 2005 responsible for the management of most of Spain’s railway infrastructure including the track, signalling and stations.

Discussions during the technical workshop focussed on the future outputs related to resilience and asset management in transport infrastructures. Concretely, experts shared knowledge and experience gained during the first Deliverables prepared by the project on the “Guidelines to measure Level of Service and Resilience in infrastructures” and the “Guideline to set target Levels of Service and Resilience for infrastructures”

A main concern for the railways managers in Spain is to promise and extend the lifetime of the current network while ensuring highest levels of quality, safety, security and service. In this sense, adaptability to impact of climate change represents a priority for Public Administrations to which the FORESEE Methodology can highly contribute.

ADIF and FORESEE will enhance future collaboration as members of the Stakeholders Reference Group. This body aims at exchanging knowledge and good practices involving main actors in the transport infrastructure sector both from roads and railways.

For further information, please contact Iñaki Beltrán: inaki.beltran@tecnalia.com

Discussions at the 12th World Congress on Railway Research

Discussions at the 12th World Congress on Railway Research 150 150 foresee

The 12th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) was held in Tokyo from 28 October to 1 November 2019. ETH Zurich participated in the technical sessions discussing about intervention programs to improve performance for railway networks and its relation to the ongoing research at FORESEE.

The WCRR gathers academics, researchers and industry in all areas of railway research. Several sessions are organised to present and discuss latest technical developments in railway research and innovation. The conference, organised every 2 years, aims at providing an opportunity to overview railway technical development and suggest its future direction from the management perspective of the world’s railway operators.

ETH Zurich presented some specific work completed at its Infrastructure Management Group including various references to the FORESEE project. Concretely, Marcel Burkhalter presented how intervention programs can be determined for large railway networks using a genetic algorithm and discussed the effects and circumstances of using such an algorithm.

For further information, please contact Marcel Burkhalter: burkhalter@ibi.baug.ethz.ch

Video Interview with Ferrovial’s David Delgado

Video Interview with Ferrovial’s David Delgado 1962 1230 foresee

FAC’s Sheryl Lynch catches up with David Delgado, FORESEE partner and Project Manager (PMP certified) of the R&D Department at Ferrovial Agroman. Topics discussed include key challenges for resilience research and practice in the transport sector and the key results of the project and who they will benefit.

Presence at the 26th World Road Congress

Presence at the 26th World Road Congress 720 540 foresee

The 26th World Road Congress, held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) from 6 to 10 October, gathered more than 6000 participants from 144 countries, more than 3700 delegates and 40 Ministers and Vice-Ministers from all over the world.

This event is organised every four years presenting the results of different working groups at PIARC level on specific topics related to road infrastructure. A main challenge for Road Administrations is the improvement of the resilience in the plan, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the transport network.

Representatives from the FORESEE Project attended the event and had the opportunity to discuss with different authorities and stakeholders about the EU research and the Horizon 2020 funding scheme. From the engineering perspective, specific work should be completed to mitigate main risks as climate change and extreme weather, ageing of infrastructure, natural and human-made disasters.

A main objective of FORESEE is to align efforts and enhance collaboration with road authorities to develop a methodology that ensure functioning of critical assets in extraordinary cases. In this sense, the Stakeholders Reference Group will be the platform to build the collaboration bridge between the FORESEE experts and public authorities being PIARC one of the core organisations involved.

Discussions at the IBTTA Global Summit Lisbon

Discussions at the IBTTA Global Summit Lisbon 150 150 foresee

In the amazing city of Lisbon, the annual edition of the Global Tolling Summit of the IBTTA was held, from 27 to 29 September 2019, the traditional international conference that the World Association of the toll sector organizes in other foreign countries beyond United States of America.

Hosted by Brisa, operator and concessionaire of 15 motorways in Portugal, and by A-to-Be, BRISA’s so-called “innovative arm”, which works on innovation and technology issues for the toll and mobility industry, the summit saw the opening of the work on the inaugural day by Patrick Jones, Executive Director & CEO, IBTTA, Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road & Tollway Authority and IBTTA President, Vasco de Mello, Chairman & CEO, BRISA.

Among the opening speeches we mention that of Malika Seddi, Director of International Affairs, ASFA, IBTTA, co-organizer of the Lisbon event, who underlined the importance of creating a system and facing new challenges in the sector by leveraging existing skills and work to grow openly with the new mobility needs that will characterize the near future.

The Summit was inaugurated with an ad hoc session dedicated to the Portuguese mobility system, with the participation of representatives from BRISA and the main Portuguese institutions operating in the mobility and transport sector.

The session “IMPROVEMENTS & RECONSTRUCTION AROUND THE WORLD” provided a broad and detailed overview of what are the main initiatives and trends in the world related to the theme of maintenance and management of infrastructures, the construction of new toll infrastructures and the need to to meet the demand for greater capacity, while maintaining high service standards.

In particular, the presentation by Christophe Boutin, Executive Director, ASFA and ASECAP President, illustrated how the concession tool and the toll are fundamental elements for guaranteeing investments and ensuring that infrastructures are ready and efficient for future mobility needs.

After this brief introduction, the session entitled “Safety Update: Incident And Weather Management From Around The World” opened: moderated by Kevin Hoeflich of HNTB, the session dealt with various issues related to infrastructure safety and resilience to extreme events.

In particular, the presentation entitled “Integrated strategies for a resilient transport network against extreme weather conditions and climate change: the FORESEE Project approach” has met with considerable interest and curiosity among European and world infrastructure managers: in front of +100 delegates from 30 nations representing 4 continents, present in Lisbon, the project was by Federico Di Gennaro, Head of Strategic Projects of AISCAT Servizi.

Workshop on “Road and Railway networks’ resilience strengthening through satellite monitoring”

Workshop on “Road and Railway networks’ resilience strengthening through satellite monitoring” 817 391 foresee

On 17th of September, the FORESEE Stakeholders Reference Group organised the first workshop at Telespazio in London under the tittle “Road and Railway networks’ resilience strengthening through satellite monitoring”.

Linear infrastructures and assets studied in isolation give an incomplete view of resilience for transport assets. Only when asset condition analysis is integrated with its environment, the full dynamics of the infrastructure come to life providing improvements for infrastructure resilience assessment. However, improvements can be achieved by using satellite technologies at regional scale with GIS based environmental assessments and at asset scale with Satellite Structural Health Monitoring (S-SHMTM).

Discussions leaded by Chairman Engineer Jesús Rodríguez animated the participation of around fifty stakeholders from the road and railways sectors covering three main topics:

  • The global impact of almost 20 years of satellite derived monitoring data in the transport sector;
  • FORESEE developments in satellite monitoring solutions and other latest developments addressing the needs and requests of end users being civil engineers, clients, contractors and surveyors to contribute towards the digital transformation of the industry to provide a continuous, dynamic and efficient monitoring system;
  • Challenges faced when designing and implementing tools for resilient transport infrastructure, being considered in the Resilience Shift initiative.

 

The aim of the Stakeholders Reference Group is to channelize inputs from third parties which could benefit from the results of the project. In this sense, the dedicated discussion on satellite technologies proved to be a successful experience showing how innovation in form of satellite technologies can complement current transport management schemes to improve resilience in key engineering assets.

For further information about the workshop or Stakeholders Reference Groups please contact Sheryl Lynch (sheryl.lynch@futureanalytics.ie) or Jose Diez (j.diez@erf.be).

“Guideline to measure service provided by, and resilience of, transport infrastructure” published

“Guideline to measure service provided by, and resilience of, transport infrastructure” published 1200 1604 foresee

The FORESEE Guideline to measure service provided by, and resilience of, transport infrastructure subjected to extreme events is available now.

The document provides guidance to managers of multi-modal transport systems allowing them to determine specifically for their transport systems how simulations should be conducted, and how indicators should be developed.

The guideline is for managers of different types of transport systems, for different scales of transport systems, for different types of extreme events and taking into consideration the different types of service being provided. It is devised to be used by managers with different ranges of time and expertise.

Its main principles are to objectively measure the service being provided, to systematically consider how this service will be affected when an extreme event occurs, and to consider how infrastructure aspects, organisation aspects and environmental aspects of transport systems affect resilience. Its use can enable managers of transport systems to obtain a complete and objective view of the resilience of their transport systems, and to obtain objective comparisons of the resilience of multi-transport systems.

Within FORESEE Project, the guideline will be used to develop resilience indicators for six multimodal case studies in Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The specific indicators will be unveiled at the end of the project in March 2022.

 

Download the document here: FORESEE_D1.1_Guideline to measure Levels of Service and resilience in in…

Second newsletter online

Second newsletter online 1680 975 foresee

This edition features articles on the human factor as decisive element in engineering projects, development of guidelines on services and resilience of transport infrastructure, analysis of the Winter Resilience Programme developed by Heathrow airport.

Read the full stories here.

General Assembly takes place in Milan

General Assembly takes place in Milan 759 414 foresee

On 2nd April, the General Assembly was held in Milano hosted by RINA Consulting and leaded by project coordinator Tecnalia.

The project has reached its 8th month. Some Work Packages has already delivered first outputs after intensive efforts from all the partners.

A main Deliverable will be released shortly (D1.1) presenting the Guideline to measure Levels of Service and resilience in infrastructures. This Deliverable will produce key materials to be used by transport infrastructure manager in the case studies of FORESEE.

The Stakeholder Reference Group will organise the first web seminar on 9th April moderated by Chairman Jesus Rodríguez. This expert forum is formed by representatives form industry, research organisations, academia, transport authorities and operators. FORESEE aims at gathering know-how not only from the consortium but also considering guidance from external stakeholders.

Next FORESEE meeting will take place in London in September.

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