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    Launch of the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

    March 28th, 2017

    The European Commission has recently launched the European investment Project Portal (EIPP), as part of the Investment Plan for Europe Initiative to mobilize investment, promote economic growth and create more jobs across the EU.

    This online platform offers to gather investment projects in one centralized web portal, building a bridge between promoters and investors.

    Research, development & innovation as well as energy efficiency are among the sectors covered by the platform.

    Thanks to this portal, potential investors have a clear access to the projects information, and can easily find projects according to their own preferences thanks to the advanced search and filtering criteria. At the same time, project promoters can boost the visibility of their EU-based projects by submitting them to a large and diversified network of international investors. You can submit or find new investments projects at EIPP Portal.

    Invitation to become Reviewer for TRA 2018!

    March 28th, 2017

    High expertise in the different areas of transport research is very welcome to review scientific and technical papers being submitted for the Transport Research Arena TRA 2018  – THE European research and technology biennial conference on transport and mobility which will take place in Vienna, Austria on April 16-19, 2018. The event organisers would highly appreciate your support!

    Review of abstracts/papers will be carried out in the following topics:

    1. Environment and Energy Efficiency
    2. Vehicles & Vessels – Design, Development and Production
    3. Advanced Propulsion Systems
    4. Smart Urban Mobility & Logistics
    5. People Mobility – Systems and Services
    6. Freight Transport and Logistics
    7. Transport Infrastructure
    8. Connected and Automated Transport
    9. Digital Technologies for Transport
    10. Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems
    11. Human Dimension in Transport
    12. Socio-Economics, Innovation and Policy

    Two types of reviews will be needed:
    • for scientific papers, which will undergo a scientifically-oriented review process
    • for technical papers, which are reviewed based on the quality of technology, relevance for implementation and case studies.

    A selection of the best scientific papers will be invited for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and made electronically accessible.

    Please express your interest to become reviewer for TRA 2018 by sending an e-mail to Mrs. Veronika Prändl-Zika: Programme@travie2018.at
    After that you will receive an invitation via ConfTool – TRA conference management tool – in which you get further information together with the reviewer guidelines.

    The same e-mail address can be used for any further questions.

    For more information on TRA 2018 please visit: http://www.traconference.eu

    €1 billion to boost investment in European transport infrastructure

    February 10th, 2017

    The European Commission is launching a new and innovative way to finance transport infrastructure projects in Europe. The call for proposals will seek to combine €1 billion of grants (Connecting Europe Facility – Transport) with financing from public financial institutions, the private sector or, for the first time, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe and a top priority for the Juncker Commission.

    This first ever combination of funds will help to achieve the twin objectives of boosting investment to fund innovative, sustainable transport infrastructure upgrades while supporting jobs needed to put that infrastructure in place. The call contributes to the implementation of the Commission’s Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility under the Energy Union, and also supports investments in “sustainable transport” in view of the upcoming road mobility initiatives to be launched later in the year.

    Access the full press release with background and more information here.

    Shift2Rail Open Calls for Proposals 2017. Submit your proposal by 30 March!

    January 12th, 2017

    The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking Call for Proposals H2020-S2RJU-2017 is now open.

    Proposals for the Call can be submitted from 10 January until 30 March 2017 (17:00 Brussels time).

    Full details are available through the S2R website or the H2020 portal.

    The mission of the S2R JU is to coordinate and manage the Union research and innovation investments in the European rail sector.

    Its main objective is to implement the S2R Programme, research and innovation activities in the railway sector in Europe, through the collaboration between stakeholders in the entire railway value chain, also outside the traditional rail sector, with particular attention to SMEs, research and technology centres and universities.

    TRA 2018 Conference. Call for Abstracts is open!

    January 10th, 2017

    Digitisation, Automatisation and Decarbonisation are major trends that will drastically change the way we live, work and use mobility and transport in the future. Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport”, the Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA 2018) to be held on 16-19 April in Vienna, Austria, will explore, discuss and demonstrate these major paradigm shifts specifically directed at important areas of our life, such as transport, mobility, logistics and industrial production.

    The call for abstracts is open. Submit your contribution by 21 March 2017 at: https://www.conftool.pro/traconference2018/

    Important Dates:
    21 December 2016: Call for abstracts opens
    21 March 2017: Abstracts due
    31 May 2017: Abstracts review decision sent to authors
    15 September 2017: Full paper due
    25 November 2017: Full paper review decision sent to authors
    16-19 April 2018: 7th European Transport Research Arena, Reed Messe Wien, Vienna/Austria

    INFRARISK Project Final Conference (Madrid, 29 September 2016)

    June 15th, 2016

    INFRARISK, an EU-funded project (2013-2016), brings together 11 members to develop a strategy to ensure that levels of infrastructure related risk due to natural hazards are acceptable.

    The final conference organized on 29 September 2016 at Dragados venue in Madrid aims to communicate the results and outputs of the project. New research will be presented regarding the development of optimal stress testing techniques for European Critical Infrastructure, which focuses on potential impacts to the European TEN-T (road and rail) network due to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides.

    The event is free but registration is needed and limited to the capacity of the conference hall.
    To register, send your full name along with the name of your institution/company/project and your contact
    details via E-mail to info@infrarisk-fp7.eu

    Access more information and the programme from INFRARISK website here.

    Open public consultationon the impact of EU legislation on the construction sector

    April 11th, 2016

    Under the REFIT Programme (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme), the European Commission has launched a Fitness Check of the construction sector aiming at assessing the impacts, both positive and negative, of EU legislation on the sector.

    The Fitness Check involves a comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of whether the current regulatory framework is proportionate and fit for purpose, and delivering as expected.
    Specifically, it assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value of the legislative framework.

    The Fitness Check focuses on 15 EU legislative texts in the policy fields of Internal Market, Energy Efficiency, Environment and Health & Safety. It analyses those provisions within these EU texts that may impact the construction sector.

    In this context, an open public consultation has been launched to gather experience, views and opinions of interested stakeholders and the public on the impact of current EU legislation for the construction sector.

    The consultation is open to all interested stakeholders and the public. Deadline is 20 June 2016.

    You are invited to reply to the Open public consultation, please access it here.

    REFINET newsletter nº2

    March 5th, 2016

    The second issue of REFINET newsletter has been published.

    This Newsletter No.2 includes four sections:
    – REFINET progress with a summary of the recent work achieved in the project.
    – Innovation activities on transport infrastructures within REFINET community, with contributions from Dragados and Tecnalia.
    – Coordination with projects and networks. Information on REFINET and ECTP at TRA 2016, on REFINET, FOX and USE-it CSAs and on Construction NTPs network is included.
    – News on R&I in transport infrastructures.

    It is available for download here REFINET Newsletter No.2

    Shift2Rail launches first calls for projects worth €170 million

    January 4th, 2016

    Shift2Rail, the Joint Undertaking backed by the Commission and the rail industry, has published its first calls for proposals, endowed with €170 million to support innovation in railways. The Commission will contribute €90 million, with the other €80 million being brought by the members of Shift2Rail. In order to be funded, projects will have to demonstrate their ability to increase the quality, reliability and punctuality of rail services while cutting its costs and facilitating cross-border travel.

    More information on the calls and access to the relevant documents are available from the EC website.

    First REFINET newsletter issued

    December 10th, 2015

    REFINET is a Coordination Support Action CSA funded by the European Commission whose objective is to create a sustainable network that integrates the relevant stakeholder representatives of all the transport modes and transport infrastructure sectors in order to create a shared European vision of how the multi-modal European transport infrastructure network of the future should be specified, designed, built or renovated, and maintained.

    CSA has recently issued its first newsletter, organized in four sections:

    A first section of this Newsletter includes contributions on REFINET presentation by CSTB as coordinator, on REFINET background by Dragados as leader of ECTP Infrastructure & Mobility Committee (previously reFINE Initiative) and on REFINET WP3 progress by Tecnalia as coordinator of this WP.

    A second section includes background information on research and innovation activities in the field of transport infrastructures by two REFINET partners: Arup and D’Applolonia.

    A third section includes information on coordination activities between three CSAs in Transport (REFINET, FOX and USE-it) by FEHRL and on the workshop with REFINET partners and experts from NTPs (October 21st, 2015) by PTEC.

    Finally, a fourth section summarizes some news in the field of research and innovation on transport infrastructures.

    The newsletter is available here

    Transport Research Arena (TRA2016), 18-21 April 2016 in Warsaw. Registration is open.

    November 12th, 2015

    TRA2016 (Transport Research Arena) will take place on 18-21 April 2016 in Warsaw. The TRA is the most important European conference on transport research, focusing on all of the research fields of the transport system. The conference’s topics address the main challenges in transport and mobility of people and goods, with respect to energy, environment, safety and security and the economy issues. Results of the latest research on: road, rail, waterborne, cross-modal transport and airports will be presented and discussed on the Arena.

    The topics of the conference are: Read the rest of this entry »

    ENCORD supports the reFINE initiative on infrastructure

    December 24th, 2010

    Infrastructure is an essential part of life

    Infrastructure networks transport people, goods and knowledge: they are fundamental lifelines of today’s society. A working infrastructure is the foundation of the competitiveness of the European industry, the basis for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy and it ensures the quality of life of European citizens. A more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy based on knowledge and innovation cannot work without a sound infrastructure.

    Today’s Europe possesses one of the densest and most developed infrastructure networks in the world, a huge legacy and cumulated investment inherited from its long history: it owns the oldest road networks, the first ever subways and railways networks that founded its prosperity, along with the brightest and newest references of innovative infrastructure.

    The infrastructure topic touches almost all parts of life and thus includes many stakeholders at European, national and local level: from public authorities Read the rest of this entry »

    reFINE – Research for Future Infrastructure Networks in Europe

    November 9th, 2010

    “reFINE” stands for Research for Future Infrastructure Networks in Europe and is an initiative launched by ECTP, strongly supported by ENCORD,  to invite all stakeholders that see the need to comprehensively tackle the challenges infrastructures are facing. As construction is an integrating platform for a multitude of technologies, crafts and trades that shape our daily and immediate environment reFINE aims to provide the grounds to Read the rest of this entry »

    Highway Management and Maintenance, 2nd workshop

    May 12th, 2007

    Hosted by: Ballast Nedam, 11-12 May 2007, in Utrecht

    The workshop series was successfully continued with approx. 20 attendees. The group focused on the situation in England, the Netherlands and Germany with contributions from ENCORD members, guests and Dutch authorities. The highway maintenance strategy was presented from the viewpoint of the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat. The experiences with the contract form “KOSMOS“ as used in the Netherlands was discussed both from the companies and authorities side. British contracts were also presented and insight was given into methods for assessing the current condition and making a prognosis for the road surface in the scope of the PPP motorway projects in Germany. Sessions on value engineering, systems engineering and asset management rounded off the interesting programme.

    Underground Construction

    October 21st, 2003

    Hosted by: DRAGADOS, 20-21 October 2003

    This workshop studied tunnel and underground construction issues from a point of view of the contractor in cooperation with other stakeholders. It included many construction methods and technologies, as well as soil engineering, waste handling, design and engineering, and health and safety. Presentations were made by leading experts from the City of Madrid, STUVA, Geodelft, the Graz University of Technology and many more.