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    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.


    Public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

    January 3rd, 2016

    The purpose of this consultation opened by the EC on December 22, 2015 until March 18, 2016 is to gather views on the challenges faced by all persons with disabilities in the European Union and on the impact so far of the European Disability Strategy (2010-2020).

    Any citizen (EU citizens and citizens from a country outside the EU), organisation and public authority may participate in the on-line consultation available on EU Survey.

    Go to the consultation page here


    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


    ENCORD Council Meeting October 2015 at ITER project

    October 7th, 2015

    The ENCORD Council Meeting was held on 5-6 October 2015 at ITER project in Cadarache, France. 14 participants from 12 member companies attended the meeting.

    The main themes taken up in the meeting were:

    - Presentation of ITER: General presentation of the ITER project, ITER Organization, explanation about thermonuclear fusion, industrial organization, with a focus on logistic and heavy transports by a representative of ITER Organization.

    - Presentation of Tokamak: Presentation of the Tokamak project under its civil works aspects, by Frederic Sciblo, Vinci-Ferrovial site manager, and Oriol Ribas. Focus on the engineering dimensions and management of the permanent redefinition of the project.

    - Site visit to the ITER project: ITER is Read the rest of this entry »


    ENCORD Health and Safety Workshop April 2015

    August 27th, 2015

    The ENCORD Health and Safety working group met 20th and 21st April 2015 in Amstetten (Austria), and was hosted by Doka.

    11 participants from 9 companies attended the workshop.

    The meeting included:

    - Presentation by participants;
    - Presentation of best practice examples including discussion;
    - Presentation of the participant’s H&S data according to the ENCORD KPI guide;
    - Safety@Doka event.

    Thank you
    ENCORD would like to thank the host Doka and especially Dr. Ludwig (Board Member DOKA), Johann Peneder, Helmut Weißengruber and their team for hosting this excellent and very well organized meeting and Safety@Doka event at the exhibition room.

    Next meeting
    The next ENCORD Health & Safety Platform meeting will be hosted by Strabag/ Züblin on 6th/7th April 2016 hosted by Strabag/Züblin in Germany.


    29th meeting ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform April 2014

    May 2nd, 2015

    The ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform met for their 29th meeting on 13-14 April 2015 in Paris, France. The workshop was organized by Vinci.

    The topic for the meeting was “Real time construction project control”:

    • Best practices and input from the ENCORD Companies.
    • Guest speakers for solution providers: ERP, Planning, Estimation, Logistic domains.
    • Link to innovative startups (location houses many innovative companies).
    • Supply Chain Management speaker.
    • Visit to one of the biggest building sites in Paris.

    Some topics were discussed:

    - What benefits do we seek?
    - What is really working , what is not?
    - Do we mean the same things, is the complexity understood?
    - Can model data actually evolve?
    - How involved is the supply chain?
    - What are lessons learned to things work?
    - What are solution directions various software vendors seek?

    Thank you
    ENCORD VCP would like to thank the host Vinci for making this excellent meeting possible.

    Next meeting:
    October 2015, hosted by NCC in Sweden.


    11th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop April 2015

    May 2nd, 2015

    The Lean Construction work group had its 11th meeting in Goteburg, April 20-21, hosted by NCC.

    The main topics of the meeting were:

    - Implementation of lean at NCC.

    - Some questions were discussed during the meeting:

    • How do you know lean works?
    • How do people feel the better work environment?
    • How do you get the site to declare defects/problems?
    • How do you improve your own way of working?
    • How do you encourage collaboration / communication?
    • How do you describe your process?
    • Is Last Planner standard?
    • Do you have a system of continuous improvement?
    • To what extent are the subcontractors involved in LP?
    • How VDC / BIM is integrated?
    • What was a special point or event that changed your mind?
    • How do you recognize the improvement of design/quality?

    Next meeting:

    Next Lean Construction meeting which will be hosted by STRABAG SE in Vienna, April 2016.

     


    ENCORD Environmental Sustainability Meeting March 2015

    April 2nd, 2015

    The ENCORD Environmental Sustainability met on 11 March 2015 in Stuttgard, Germany. The workshop was organized by Zublin / Strabag.

    The meeting included:

    - Züblin / Strabag’s presentation.
    - GRI 4, Integrated Reporting, CDP: influencing policy, ratings and rankings.
    - The new EU directive on non-financial reporting coming up: what does that mean for our companies.
    - The new EU commission sustainability strategy, Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s) and COP Paris 2015: how will that translate to our business development and innovation.
    - EU Pilot project – Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) by Dr David Harget (Uponor)

    Thank you
    ENCORD VCP would like to thank the host Zublin / Strabag for making this excellent meeting possible.


    ENCORD Council Meeting March 2015

    March 15th, 2015

    The ENCORD Council Meeting was held on 2-3 March 2015 in Farringdon Facilities in London, UK. 22 participants from 17 member companies attended the meeting.

    The meeting included:

    - Welcome by the President of ENCORD.
    - ENCORD: Towards the Future. “Open innovation network for the European construction Industry”:
    - Infrastructures in ENCORD/TRA. Updating reFINE initiative.
    - BIM standards at CEN.
    - Update ENCORD workshops: H&S.
    - Future collaboration between ENCORD & World Economic Forum (WEF).
    - Site Visit: Farringdon station.

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    - ENCORD – upcoming meetings Read the rest of this entry »


    ENCORD Health and Safety Workshop November 2014

    December 27th, 2014

    The ENCORD Health & Safety working group met 18-19 November 2014 in Munich (Germany), hosted by Hilti. 16 participants from 13 companies attended the workshop.

    The meeting included:

    - Discussion about H&S Platform.
    - Presentation of the workgroup Near Misses.
    - Presentation of best practice examples including discussion.
    - Presentation of the participant’s H&S data according to the ENCORD KPI guide.
    - International HSE Conference Hilti; Behavioral based safety (BBS).

    Thank you

    ENCORD would like to thank the host Hilti and especially Petra Kocianova and Peter Cavada and their team for hosting this excellent and very well organized meeting and event.

    Next meeting

    The next ENCORD Health & Safety Platform meeting will be hosted by Doka on the 6-7 April 2015 in Amstetten (Austria).

     


    28th meeting ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform October 2014

    November 2nd, 2014

    The ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform met for their 28th meeting on 14-15 October 2014 in Madrid, Spain. The workshop was organized by OHL.

    14 participants from 10 member companies attended the workshop, and the Universities of Helsinki, Oulu, Stanford, Twente and Brescia. With the following guest speakers: Prof. Angelo Ciribini, As. Prof. Timo Hartmann, Prof. Martin Fischer, Prof. Hannele Kerosuo, Researcher Tarja Mäki, Prod. Man. Jukka Suomi, Miguel Amerigo and Prof Rauno Heikkilä.

    Best Practice Highlight Actions from BOUYGUES, HOCHTIEF, HILTI, OHL, NCC, BAM, UPONOR, FERROVIAL, VINCI and DRAGADOS were shown.

    SOme topics were discussed:

    • Are the next waves? (beyond the ones we see)
    • Overview what is possible in 5 years
    • Robotics, Wearables, Simulations, 3D printing decision support, data mining, smart cities, …
    • Are leading institutes exploring?
    • Sre Encord companies exploring?
    • Is our role… the guys who enabled to manage the information…?
    • Is solved before we can look ahead?

    Thank you
    ENCORD VCP would like to thank the host OHL for making this excellent meeting possible.

    Next meeting:
    April 2015, hosted by Vinci in Paris, France.


    10th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop October 2014

    November 1st, 2014

    The Lean Construction working group had its 10th meeting in Eindhoven, 14-15 October 2014, hosted by Ballast Nedam.

    The main topics of the meeting were:

    - Site visit production location including presentation IQ-woning.

    - Presentations of successes:

    “Value of Lean Management”
    “(Lean) successes and challanges at IQ”
    “(Lean) successes and challenges at project Coastal Work Katwijk”

    - Interactive session on the topic how to reach the majority:

    How to make the step towards cultural change – ‘Lean is part of our genes’.

    - State of implementation of lean at Ballast Nedam.

    Next meeting:

    Next Lean Construction meeting which will be hosted by NCC in Goteburg, April 20-21, 2015.

     


    27th meeting ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform April 2014

    April 30th, 2014

    The ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform met for their 27th (twenty-seventh) meeting on 14 and 15 April 2014 at Microsoft’s headoffice in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands. The work-shop was organized by Royal BAM Group and Ballast Nedam in collaboration with Microsoft.

    The main topics of the meeting were:
    • Microsoft – Construction Industry introduction – Impact of technology
    • Big Data & Smart Buildings
    • Innovation streamlining
    • Microsoft hardware in construction
    • New Way of Working environment (visit MS office)
    • Visit Ballast Nedam Building Site – Hilton Schiphol Hotel
    • Best Practices / What’s new presentations by participants

    The first day of the ENCORD VCP meeting was Read the rest of this entry »


    9th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop April 2014

    April 23rd, 2014

    The Lean Construction work group had its 9th meeting in Liechtenstein, April 2-3, hosted by HILTI AG.

    The main topics of the meeting were:

    • How to get it implemented and sustainable
    • Leadership and time to improve
    • Visibility and lean – keep momentum
    • How to keep the energy going – change management
    • Get new input in the way we work, learn in other industry
    • How do we convince others in our organisation – change management
    • Leadership and management support
    • How to get the management fascinated by lean
    • Learn about the domain of leadership – main aspects. Situational leadership along the lean journey.
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