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03.04.2017

FEHRL's new Strategic Plan, updated Resilient roadmap and 2016 Scanning Tour report launched at FIRM17

FIRM17 on 5-7th April 2017 featured theme of The Future Transport System: A public-prîvate enterprise embracing infrastructure and vehicles across all modes



From 5-7th April 2017, some 100 transport infrastructure research experts from Europe and beyond met for the 2017 FEHRL Infrastructure Research Meeting (FIRM17). At this key event, FEHRL's new Strategic European Road and cross-modal Research and Implementation Plan, updated Forever Open Road Resilient roadmap and new Scanning Tour report of Japan and South Korea were launched.The final conferences of the REFINET and USE-iT Horizon 2020 (H2020) projects were also held, as well as a workshop on the SKILLFUL project and a session on the ERA-NET Plus Infravation programme and countless other ongoing H2020 projects. More details on each of these can be found in the description of each of the 11 sessions below.

Session 1: The future of road business - a public-private enterprise embracing infrastructure and vehicles

 

  • SERRP - New FEHRL Strategic European Road and cross-modal Research and Implementation Plan by Maria Lurdes Antunes, FEHRL Vice-President 
  • EC address: current work programme and next Framework programme by Robert Missen, Head of Unit for Innovation & Research, DG MOVE of the European Commission
  • CEDR - keeping NRA's ahead of the curve by Steve Phillips, CEDR Secretary-General
  • PIARC address by Claude Van Rooten, PIARC President
  • ERTRAC address by Stephan Neugebauer, ERTRAC President
  • ECTP address - Infrastructure, Mobility and the future of the Road Business by Miguel Segarra, ECTP Vice-President, Chair of the Infrastructure & Mobility Committee. 

This first session was moderated by Thierry Goger, FEHRL Secretary General, who also gave an introduction to the whole conference. 

Session 2: Strategy view - the need to go beyond the borders of the transport modes

This second session continued the strategic approach of the first session and involved presentations from Fernando Liesa, Secretary-General of ALICE, the European Technology Platform for logistics, followed by updates on the following two other strategic H2020 projects:

  • SETRIS (To deliver a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe) by Mark Robinson of Newcastle University and President of ECTRI.
  • FOX (Forever Open Infrastructure across (X) all transport modes - what are the results so far? by Ursula Blume of BAST.

Session 3: Final event of REFINET and USE-iT projects

 

Session 4: Automated connected vehicles, car-sharing and electrification: How to tackle the imminent disruption to mobility their combined deployment will bring?

This second day began with an absorbing round table on automated connected vehicles and electrification.

Session 5: Resilience

Session 6: Safety

Session 7: Skills and knowledge transfer

Session 8: Infravation

The third and final day of the conference began a session on the Infravation ERA-NET Plus programme, with an introduction by Peter WIlbers, Infravation Programme Coordinator and an overview of two of the nine funded innovation projects - Biorepavation by Emmanuel Chailleux of IFSTTAR and ECLIPs by Erdune Erkizia of Tecnalia.

Session 9: Asset management

Moderated by FEHRL Project Officer, Migle Paliukaite, this session comprised two H2020 projects - RAGTIME by Project Coordinator, Maria Zalbide of Tecnalia and AM4INFRA by Ruud Smit of Rijkswaterstaat, as well as an overview of the CEDR Transnational Road Research Programme 2014 Call on Asset Management and Maintenance.   

Session 10: Inspection & maintenance

Session 11: Mobility as a service and active modes

 

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Thierry Goger closed the event on all three days of the conference.Copies of all the presentations can be found here and click on the links below to see the photos:

 

 

With the theme of "The future of road business - a public-private enterprise embracing infrastructure and vehicles", the conference started with a strategic session of the same name and presentations from the following six keynote speakers about their respective stratégies and future priorities:


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