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    Call on Smart and Sustainable Cities for demostration projects

    February 1st, 2016

    The “Smart and Sustainable Cities” cross-cutting focus area has a clear aim to bring together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs. The scope includes the creation of urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility, smart tools and services, innovative nature-based solutions and showcasing economic viability.

    The following calls have a deadline on 8 March 2016 at 17:00 (Brussels time):

    • SCC-02-2016-2017: Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities
    • SCC-03-2016: New governance, business, financing models and economic impact assessment tools for sustainable cities with nature-based solutions (urban re-naturing)
    • SCC-04-2016: Sustainable urbanisation.

    Access more information on these calls and the Submission Service on the participant portal here.

    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

    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 News

    November 12th, 2015

    Find below some information on the life within ENCORD – workshops, Council meetings, etc. Enjoy your look around!

    OECD Publishes New Reports on Research & Innovation

    November 10th, 2015

    The OECD has recently published the following reports in the field of Research & Innovation: 

    Data-Driven Innovation – Big data for Growth and well-being published on 6 October 2015


    The OECD Innovation Strategy 2015: “The Innovation Imperative – Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-Being” published on 14 October 2015 Read the rest of this entry »

    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 »

    Call for experts – EeB-CA2

    August 28th, 2015

    Submissions are invited to become a member of the EeB-CA2 expert group.

    EeB-CA2 is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) which aims at providing the right set of instruments, supporting technology-clustering and geo-clustering upon the whole set of EeB PPP EC-funded projects. Its primary ambition consists in enhancing and rationalising coordinated and broader dissemination, technology transfer and future exploitation activities of clustered projects, so as to help them better promoting and marketing their achievements and deliverables. Further details on the project website at http://www.e2b-clusters.eu/.

    The aim of this call is to setup a group of high-level experts from outside the EeB PPP EC-funded projects to support the following EeB-CA2 activities: 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.



    April 22nd, 2015

    CONSTANCE, MAY 4th – 5th
    Click to download flyer and program:
    5Di conference 2015


    We are pleased to announce the third international Lake Constance 5D Conference, which aims to combine strategic approaches towards 5D implementation with practical insights and experiences like never before.
    To allow you the most valuable insights based on your personal background and challenges, the sessions and workshops are clustered in three main target groups: owners, planners and construction companies. For each target group we have interesting and ambitious speakers that share their experiences in challenging the status quo.
    Individual contributions address a wide range of issues, including practical implementation of 5D processes, the coordination of trades, on site issues and construction, legal aspects and facility management.
    These topics will also be analysed in-depth during breakout sessions and workshops.
    If you want to gain from this broad spectrum of informative sessions and interesting workshops, as well as expand your international 5D network, we kindly invite you to take this opportunity.
    Please subscribe quickly, as seats are limited.


    5D in construction processes Read the rest of this entry »

    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.

    FLo 018

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