GDG Leading EU-Funded Project to Protect Critical Transport Infrastructure
The SAFE-10-T (Safety of Transport Infrastructure on the TEN-T Network) Project funded by the European Union commenced this week with the project kick-off meeting taking place in Delft, the Netherlands. GDG are responsible for coordinating this three year project and will manage an international consortium to develop a safety framework for critical road, rail and inland waterway infrastructure along the European TEN-T network. The framework will use remote monitoring data for tunnels, bridges and earthworks in conjunction with machine learning algorithms and traffic modelling tools to evaluate network safety performance due to extreme events.
The SAFE-10-T project brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium of civil engineers, computer scientists, big data managers and sociologists, who will work collaboratively with infrastructure managers from Network Rail, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and Croatian Railways to address the challenges presented by European infrastructure networks in an ever-changing environment. In addition to managing the overall project, GDG will provide their expertise in relation to the safety analysis of earthworks, using probabilistic methods to evaluate the stability of cuttings, embankments and dykes, whilst considering environmental loading and the impacts of climate change.
The main output of the SAFE-10-T project will be an online Decision Support Tool that will enable infrastructure managers to make cost-effective and robust decisions that provide increased safety levels for critical infrastructure networks and, furthermore, ensure reliable levels of mobility for network passengers and freight transport. Infrastructure managers and other stakeholders will be invited to workshops and other dissemination events during the course of the project to gain important end-user feedback and to ensure that the objectives of the SAFE-10-T are successfully met.