UPTUN: cost effective sustainable and innovative upgrading methods for fire safety in existing tunnels

UPTUN is the largest European research project on fire safety in tunnels. Upgrading the safety level in tunnels with existing technology and within the legislation and guidelines frameworks of the member states is in most cases either almost impossible or too costly. Fire safety in tunnels is based on a conventional rather than a rational approach and is not examined in an integral fashion, comprising all aspects in a similar manner. This may result in adverse interaction between preventive mitigating measures or non-optimal safety investments. UPTUN project embarked in 2002 to solve these problems with the aim of investigating, examining and mainly to develop innovative technologies where appropriate and also where relevant to compare and assess existing technologies for tunnel application. Techniques in areas of detection, monitoring, mitigating measures, influence of human response, and protection against tunnel structural damage were the centre of investigation and research. Tunnel safety was thoroughly examined and new procedures for rational evaluation were developed which included criteria of acceptance and models of support to decision makers. In addition concepts for the transfer of knowledge and technology have been introduced. It is envisaged that transport systems will have further benefits from the results of this project due to the restoration of faith in transport tunnel, the removal of trade obstacles and increased tunnel utilisation. All those involved in transport systems, tunnel operators and owners will be persuaded that comprehensive research covering all aspects of tunnel safety is the right channel for undisturbed, continuous transportation. The intention was that the findings, results, innovative technologies and deliverables of this project reach all and be adopted and put into practice by all those involved in transport systems throughout Europe. An advisory group, open during the project, was established to monitor developments outside the UPTUN project allowing to anticipate on new perceptions and priorities and to provide an independent critical appraisal of the project's progress and deliverables (A). For the covering abstract of the conference se ITRD E216860.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: pp353-356
  • 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: 01141094
  • 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 9:01AM