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H2020 H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1: Puente inteligente. Nuevo sistema de monitorización continua de puentes de autopistas


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Una spin-off de una universidad italiana, beneficiaria de un proyecto Instrumento Pyme Fase 1, está preparando una propuesta H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1. El objetivo es desarrollar y probar un nuevo sistema para la monitorización continua de puentes de autopistas con el fin de planificar mejor las operaciones de mantenimiento y evitar derrumbamientos inesperados y catastróficos. Se buscan socios en la UE, excepto Italia, que ofrezcan ensayos adicionales para el sistema. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 1 de septiembre de 2015 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 30 de junio.


H2020 H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1: Smart Bridge - a new system for continuous monitoring of highway bridges
An Italian University Spin-off SME, beneficiary of a SME Instrument Phase 1 grant, is preparing a H2020 H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1 proposal. It aims at developing and testing a new system for the continuous monitoring of highway bridges in order to better plan the maintenance operations and avoid unexpected and catastrophic collapses. Partners are sought to provide additional test sites for the system, in EU countries other than Italy.
The new system will leverage on a digital model capable of estimating the stress and strain states of cracked and prestressed reinforced concrete structures based on observable crack pattern and a new generation of monitoring unit based on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) technology.
The outcome of the project is the continuous monitoring of the state of health, the remaining life and the residual strength of a structure that will potentially imply radical variations in the decision making process for the optimal use of the increasingly limited transport infrastructure investment funds. To this end, new visions and tools will be introduced to provide better estimates of the minimum investment to benefit ratio (including the reduction of all sorts of indirect losses, such as downtime and abatement of industrial competitiveness) and to contain the expected death toll. Further this system will allow to monitor the functionality of the bridge infrastructure in case of extreme events such as earthquakes, crucial to allow safe movement of rescuers and people in general.

The nature of the project, characterized by a strong and ambitious research goal, but also by direct links with the built environment, the construction industry and the decision making process, implies the parallel development of research oriented and application oriented products and services.

The proposal aims at designing and building a new system for the continuous and automatic monitoring of critical infrastructure performed by the integration of a new generation of price-competitive GNSS receivers and highly innovative scientific software for raw data processing. This allows to provide a highly accurate positioning with resolution of millimetres or sub-millimetre. The system includes a monitoring unit able to collect data from strain gauges for crack opening, a GNSS receiver and MEMS accelerometers for displacement measurements.

From a scientific point of view this project will allow to further the knowledge regarding the non-linear response of cracked RC and PC structures to a level never reached before. In addition, a number of non-destructive monitoring technologies will be deeply investigated and potentially advanced. This will bring a number of benefits to other research fields in addition to that of structural engineering. For the first time, a direct link between surface cracks and state of the structure will be established based on scientific principles. This will allow to answer a number of questions which are still open in the field of the structural analysis of RC and PC structures.

In order to achieve real-life validation of the developed monitoring system, fine-tune the technologies and prepare market exploitation, the project will conduct demonstrations and field trials in cooperation with one of the worldwide leading highway operator, where selected elements of the road infrastructure, like e.g. bridges or road trunks in critical areas or conditions such as exposure to risks of landslides, etc., will be instrumented with the high-precision sensors and subject to continuous monitoring for early and accurate detection of terrain movements, infrastructure deformations, torques, etc.
FUNDING PROGRAMME: H2020 H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1

· University Spin-off SME - GNSS processing (Italy)
· ICT SME - monitoring unit development and production (Italy)
· Research Centre - structural model development (Italy)
· Highway operator - provision of test fields (Italy)

· Highway operators in other EU countries
· Highway utility/maintenance operators

Funding awards for an FTI Pilot Project are at a rate of 70% of eligible project costs.

Duration of the project: 3 years

Official deadline for the call: 01-09-2015

Dead line for EoI: June 30, 2015

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
- Technology partner able to try and run industrial measurement and sensing equipment for civil purpose, in particular for highway bridges. - Highway operators The role requested into the project is to find one or more sites to test the system in its country, assist the partners in the test and tuning phase and the interest to deliver the solution.
Type of Partnership Considered:


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:



Anticipated Project Budget:
€ 2.0 - € 2.5 million
Coordinator Required:
Deadline for Call:
Project Duration:
Project title and Acronym:
Smart bridge