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The project Consortium is comprised of a well-balanced group of 4 partners with complementary skills and expertise.



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FUNDACIÓN CARTIF (CARTIF) - SPAIN
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VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES S.A. (VIAS) - SPAIN
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IK INGENIERIA (IK-ING) - SPAIN
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UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (UGR) - SPAIN
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VIAS is a large construction company with over 80 years experience. The main business area is the construction of civil works, especially in railway infrastructure, where VIAS maintains a clear leadership, having participated in the development of all existing high speed lines in Spain, with the construction of different sections.

  • In the area of R&D and innovation, VIAS has promoted and managed more than 30 projects that have been supported by the Spanish administration and the OPTIRAIL project, funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme. Among these projects, it should be noted the following three, in which the use of Computational Intelligence (CI) technology for railway infrastructure maintenance is integrated:
    • OPTIRAIL: "Development of a Smart Framework Based on Knowledge to Support Infrastructure Maintenance Decisions in Railway Corridors" project led by VIAS, with a total of 9 partners from 6 EU countries, where the main challenge is to provide new solutions for cross-border railway maintenance. Optirail
    • GEOMAF: "New Tools for railway maintenance management" aims to optimize the type and sequence of maintenance operations, applying CI technologies for the analysis of available information. Developed within the program INNPACTO, supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (IPT-2011-1656-370000).
    • CIBIC: "Infrastructure Maintenance Based on Computational Intelligence" finished in 2010, represents the first approach to the development of new models of development, operation and management of different types of infrastructures (bridges, highways, viaducts, railways, etc.) that would make possible the integration of preventive and corrective maintenance to a new level. Developed with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (CIT-460000-2009-46).

    CARTIF is one of the Spain's leading research and technology centre employing more than 150 people, including engineers and scientist in 7 research areas (Energy, Environment, ICT, Food and Chemicals, Automation and Process Control, Robotics and Computer Vision). In 2010 CARTIF carried out over 100 R&D and innovation projects, with a turnover of approximately 13M€.

    CARTIF’s board is formed by 30 organisations, including SMEs, large industrial companies, universities (OTRI) and other organisations. Moreover, CARTIF is part of 20 research and professional networks —including 13 international— and many technology platforms. CARTIF keeps also a close collaboration with the most representative organisations of regional and national industrial development: Castilla y León Regional Development Agency, the Spanish Ministry of Industry and the European Commission (DG Research, DG Enterprise, DG Environment and DG TREN).

    International experience:

    CARTIF activity has an important international dimension: Currently, CARTIF is involved in 21 international projects, with partners in almost all the EU countries, non-EU Mediterranean ones and Latin America. The mainly programmes in which CARTIF participates are: Framework Programme, Intelligent Energy, LIFE, INTERREG, MEDA Programme, etc.

    The participation in international activities is promoted through the International Projects Department and is materialised in the current participation of CARTIF in 21 international projects, including 9 of the Seventh Framework Program –1 as coordinators: DIRECTION (Contract No 285443)-, 1 Intelligent Energy Europe and 2 LIFE+ among others). Moreover, CARTIF takes an active part in 10 International networks and platforms such as ISES (International Solar Energy Society) and IEA (International Energy Agency), and it is also the Spanish National Liaison Point of the European E2BA (Energy Efficient Buildings Association).

    IK Ingeniería is a consulting firm specialized in Eco-design, sustainable building and environmental technical training. It has been supporting companies (SMEs and large corporations) and public bodies on environment innovation applied to products and services improvement since the year 2004.

  • Some of the services that we developed in the field of eco-innovation are:
    • Feasibility strategic studies
    • Implementation of management systems based on Eco-design according to EN ISO 14006:2011 standard.
    • Obtaining type III environmental recognition systems according to EPD SYSTEM ® international standard.
    • Verification of Type III ecolabels. IK Ingeniería has verifiers certified according to EPD SYSTEM ® international standard.
    • Measurements of carbon footprint according to the main international programs: IPCC, GHG Protocol, ISO 14064, etc.
    • Delivery of training modules.

  • Some of the works related to the project objective are:
    • Technical publications drafting for IHOBE (Public Society for Environmental Management):
      • Guide for Life Cycle Assessment and carbon footprint, two ways of measuring the environmental impact
      • Guide for furniture Eco-design
      • Guide for urban furniture Eco-design
      • Guide for environmental labeling of products
      • Guide for environmentally sustainable building in administrative buildings or offices
      • Review of the Guide for sustainable building and housing restoration
    • LIMAS Project: Methodology and software for environmental improvement of electrical and electronic products sector. Limas
    • AGROLCAmanager Project: Tool to improve the sustainability of SMEs in the agrofood sector. AGROLCAmanager

    The Research group “Soft Computing and Intelligent Information Systems” (SCI2S) within the DECSAI Department of the University of Granada is composed of a number of professors and researchers with widely recognized expertise in Soft Computing and Artificial Intelligence. The group members have published over 450 papers in international journals on a wide array of topics ranging from bare foundations to real-world applications of Computational Intelligence techniques. They have wide experience in designing intelligent systems to tackle complex problems. In particular, knowledge representation through fuzzy rules and its extraction and management through Soft Computing techniques is a recurrent topic among their activities. The researchers group have led or collaborated in over one hundred projects of different scope (European, National or regional). Finally, they are actively engaged in transferring scientific advances to companies.

    With respect to the area the proposal, the group experience is also long. They participated in the project “GENESYS: Fuzzy Controllers and Smart Tuning Techniques for Energy Efficiency and Overall Performance of HVAC Systems in Buildings”, European Commission, JOULE Programme, CP97-0102. The objective of this project was the development of control algorithms for HVAC systems.

  • The group has also participated in different civil infrastructure maintenance projects like:
    • “CIBIC: Civil Infrastructures Conservation based on Computational Intelligence”, Spanish Ministery of Science and Innovation, CIT-460000-2009-46.
    • “GEOMAF: Management of Railway Infrastructure Maintenance”, Spanish Ministery of Science and Innovation, IPT-20100-1656-370000.
    • “OPTIRAIL: Development of a Smart Framework Based on Knowledge to Support Infrastructure Maintenance Decisions in Railway Networks”, 7th Framework Programme, EC-GA Number: 314031. Optirail

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