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ACCIONA Engineering takes part in European Commission project to improve transport infrastructure in response to climate change

07/05/2018

The PANOPTIS project is part of the European Commission’s H2020-financed transport infrastructure innovation programme

ACCIONA Engineering will develop and implement innovative technology for resilient infrastructures in response to climate change

ACCIONA Engineering took part in the kick-off meeting for the PANOPTIS innovation project, organized by the European Commission and members of the consortium on 19 and 20 June in Thessaloniki.

The project, awarded on 1 June with a budget of €5 million, is part of the “Smart Mobility for Growth” framework programme, tendered by the EC in 2017.

The purpose of the PANOPTIS project is to improve the resiliency (ability to adapt) of transport infrastructure in the face of adverse climate conditions, such as extreme weather phenomena, earthquakes or landslides. The project’s main goal is to combine small-scale climate change scenarios (applied to infrastructure) with structural and geotechnical simulation tools to provide transport infrastructure managers with an integrated control tool capable of improving transport infrastructure management in the planning, maintenance and operation stages.

This innovation project by the European Commission is financed through the H2020 programme, which was created to finance innovation and research projects covering a variety of thematic areas in Europe during 2014-2020 period.

The first stage of the project, which will last approximately three and a half years, will develop advanced technologies to monitor transport infrastructures, such as artificial vision systems using satellite technology, drone systems for infrastructure inspection and maintenance, and artificial vision methodologies for predictive structural and geotechnical maintenance.

Experts in climate modelling will also analyse the possible future effects of climate change on transport infrastructure (flooding, heavier snows, accelerated corrosion).

During the second stage of the project, ACCIONA Engineering will implement the developed technologies and methodologies on two motorway sections in the Spanish primary network. The first is the A-2 motorway, in the province of Guadalajara, where technologies will be implemented to help optimize the management and maintenance of the Ministry of Public Works’ concession for an 80-km section, all in collaboration with ACCIONA Concessions.

The second is the A-8 motorway in the province of Lugo, where the technical viability of implementing fog dissipation technologies in the Alto A Xesta section will be analysed, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works’ Highways Department.

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