RESILIENT transport InfraSTructure to extreme events is a project of HORIZON 2020
Call: H2020-MG-2016-2017 – (2016-2017 Mobility for Growth RIA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION)
The main objective of RESIST is to increase the capacity to restore transport infrastructures in case of natural or man-made disasters, and thus to protect the users by offering assistance with dedicated information systems.
The project will address extreme events on critical structures, such as bridges and tunnels, which can be attacked by all types of physical, natural or man-made incidents including cyberattacks.
RESIST technology will be implemented and validated in two pilot areas with actual existing infrastructures: Italy (Autostrada A32) and Greece (Egnatia Odos).
RESIST will use special risk analysis and will further develop the latest research results in the field of robotics, human behaviour under conditions of panic and stress, providing the indications on the information to be communicated in emergency conditions.
The project aims to improve the following points:
- The speed and effectiveness of the interventions;
- The reduction in the costs of assessing structural vulnerability with the use of drones and robots;
- The evaluation of damages with sensors assisted methods;
- Awareness of a situation following catastrophic events;
- Greater protection of users in case of extreme events;
- Raise the resilience of the transport infrastructure on 3 levels:
- 1. Increasing the physical resilience of bridges/tunnels by robotic inspection and predictive analysis;
- 2. Rapid restoration of services/return routes to normal after a catastrophe with passenger and freight flows through alternative modes of transport;
- 3. Clear and effective communication to transport operators, users, emergency teams and the population of the surrounding areas, to minimize the impact of the interruption of activities of people and companies, exploiting real-time data, available networks, social networks media and mobile technologies to enable the spreading of emergency information in real time, by the use of satellites and other terrestrial communication systems.
The role of Tecnositaf in the project
Tecnositaf will provide the requirements for the maintenance/repair planning under normal and extreme conditions from the point of view of a developer of advanced systems for roads and motorways.
Critical infrastructures available as test areas:
- A32 – Millaures Viaduct: old (construction year: 1978) and not very close to the junctions on the state roads
- Galleria S. Petronilla: escape route of the Prapontin tunnel
In these two sites Tecnositaf proposed:
- 1. The experimentation of “Wi-Fi in Motion” to support telecommunications;
- 2. The possibility to experiment with robotic structural analysis (drones with special sensors);
- 3. The analysis of the data collected to implement predictive maintenance;
- 4. Data communication between infrastructure and connected vehicles (V2I);
- 5. The development of the necessary actions following disasters by means of DSS (Decision Support System);
- 6. The analysis and improvement of Cyber Security;
The environment of development will be based on R.M.T (Road Management Tool created by TECNOSITAF and implemented in the SITAF and ANAS Operating Rooms), for which the RESIST project would finance the implementation of modules already present in the platform itself or the platform that should be part of.