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International projects source: SICRIS

GEOLAB: Science for enhancing Europe's Critical Infrastructure

Keywords
Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering, (hydro)Geology, ICT, Data Science, Critical Infrastructure, Climate Change, Aging, Natural Hazards, Physical and Numerical Modeling
Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  17982  Marko Brodnik    Technical associate  2021 - 2024  43 
2.  04259  Branko Cerut  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2021 - 2024  56 
3.  51459  Jelka Helena Cronin  Civil engineering  Researcher  2021 - 2024 
4.  21593  PhD Stanislav Lenart  Civil engineering  Head  2021 - 2024  227 
5.  35234  MSc Jure Maček  Culturology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  123 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0552  University of Maribor  Maribor  5089638000  469 
2.  1502  Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute  Ljubljana  5866324000  10,471 
Abstract
The existing Critical Infrastructure (CI) of Europe in the water, energy, urban and transport sector is facing major challenges because of pressures such as climate change, extreme weather, geo-hazards, aging and increased usage in combination with pivotal changes in the CI to meet long-term societal goals (e.g. energy transition).The GEOLAB research infrastructure consists of 11 unique installations in Europe aimed to study subsurface behavior and the interaction with structural CI elements (e.g. a bridge) and the environment. The installations already represent the best of the state-of-the-art available today. However, up to now, work in these installations has been independent and uncoordinated, significantly limiting the outcome for users among academia, industry and CI network managers. There is a gap in the European research landscape for an integrated, advanced research infrastructure in this field. This GEOLAB initiative will fill that gap.The scientific research community will use the innovative capabilities of GEOLAB from the JRAs to perform ground-breaking research, to be published in international peer reviewed, high impact journals. For CI managers and policy makers, the activities will result in a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing CI and evidence to base decision making upon. The construction industry will use GEOLAB to proof innovative solutions for the CI and so gain more leadership in the industrial and enabling technologies. The GEOLAB consortium will engage in different types of innovations processes with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). There will be close interaction with those SMEs that develop user-friendly engineering software from numerical modelling advances which are validated in the TA projects. We will explicitly challenge SMEs on sensing, new materials and other niches for innovative solutions, which will have spinoff in other fields of application, contributing to the competitiveness of Europe.
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