L-surF: large scale underground research facility on safety and security

Security and stability rank among the most important aspirations in everybody's life. Mobility of people and reliable transport of goods are key issues in our society. Both economic growth and societal development rely heavily upon safe and secure infrastructure, in which road, rail and metro tunnels besides other enclosed spaces of infrastructures are important elements. The increasing awareness of safety and security caused by severe heavy accidents with partly enormous damage on health and goods and terrorist attacks in underground infrastructures, led to the necessity of R and D projects that work on safety and security and make an improvement of both existing and projected infrastructure in enclosed spaces possible. This also finds its expression in the description of the 7th Framework Programme of the EC where safety and security is explicitly addressed as an individual topic for R and D activities. As a result of several research projects of both the 5th and 6th Framework Programme on RDT, a lack of rules and regulations on European level regarding safety and security of underground infrastructure was identified. Furthermore, differences in requirements to underground infrastructure all over Europe led to the need for harmonisation, collaboration and communication in the field research and development covered through L-surF. The L-surF concept which included an inventory of existing Research Infrastructures, facilitating the cooperation between them and also a survey of research needs, was well meeting the European strategy and therefore successfully implemented in the frame of FP6 as a Specific Support Action (SSA) (A). For the covering abstract of the conference se ITRD E216860.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: pp81-86
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings from the Third International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security, Stockholm, Sweden, March 12-14 2008
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 2008:11
    • Publisher: SP Sveriges provnings- och forskningsinstitut, Sweden
    • ISSN: 0284-5172

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01141065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • ISBN: 978-91-85829-25-5
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2009 8:59AM