On 13 and 14 of November, the European Construction Technology Platform held the conference “When EU Construction industry shapes high-tech Sustainable Built Environment” gathering main industry representatives and European Commission officials.
A main element for the discussion was the contribution of Research & Development programmes to achieve a high technological and sustainable built environment. Representatives from FORESEE attended the event raisin awareness about the importance of resilience for any critical engineering transport asset.
Any damage, destruction or disruption by extreme nature or human events has a significant negative impact on our society and economic development of the European regions. Maintenance is a key precondition to ensure a smooth transport for goods and mobility for people.
However, current transport infrastructure is slowly approaching its end-of-life and then becoming more fragile. Bridges, tunnels and strategic sections are suffering more and more of aging processes. In addition, extreme events, as those exacerbated by climate change, are posing significant and additional challenges to their operation and maintenance. The situation is introducing uncertainties for long-term investments and management plans.
In this sense, FORESEE will develop a toolkit to facilitate transport operators a good management of unexpected disruptive events. During the conference, other solutions were presented with complementary approaches and methodologies built upon existing knowledge and outcomes from various projects (EU-CIRCLE, RAGTIME).