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Construction research & innovation for the transport sector (ECTP reFINE)

Modern Built Environment KTN, BRE & BuildingSmart

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)

Construction research & innovation for the transport...

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ECTP reFINE & HORIZON 2020 Ended Free  

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The National Platform for Construction, via the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network (MBE KTN) and with support from the Transport KTN, are convening a workshop to bring together construction professionals, academia and the wider supply chain to produce a roadmap for research and innovation in the UK transport sector. The workshop will form part of UK engagement with a new Europe Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) initiative "reFINE" and aims to support UK consortium development for bids to forthcoming EU research funding via Horizon 2020.

Construction is uniquely places to power Europe out or recession. All over Europe governments are seeing infrastructure investment as a key component for reinvigorating their ailing economies.

Infrastructure is increasingly an inter-dependent system; transport, energy, water, communications are now totally trans-national, and no respecters of boundaries. Construction is being called upon to deliver and support a modern urban realm that only a systems view can succeed in.

However, without construction innovation and research, the only option is to build infrastructure the 20th century way - high carbon, low innovation and at high cost and this is all very wasteful and inefficient. It is therefore vital that we improve infrastructure delivery for people and freight, and to become globally competitive. Across Europe there is an urgent need to modernise construction delivery, and industry will not do it on its own - the risks, the structure of the industry and the implementation of EU procurement mitigates against innovation.

In the UK, Infrastructure UK (HM Treasury) and the forthcoming Industrial Strategy for Construction (due for publication in Summer 2013), are taking forward this agenda. The National Platform for Construction, with secretariat provided by the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network, are helping to facilitate and coordinate the UK approach to embedding innovation in the construction sector. In recent years, through engagement with the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP), successful pan-European research and innovation collaborations have been facilitated as part of the Energy Efficient Building (E2B) research agenda. The E2B inititative was supported by Commission funding and could mobilize 150 industry players (a quarter of them being SMEs)

A new ECTP initiative, "reFINE (research for Future Infrastructure Networks in Europe)" has been
established to create the new green competitive and inclusive society, bringing together European enterprises active in infrastructure research, construction, maintenance and operation. The reFINE vision is that by 2030, a new generation of intermodal networks and infrastructure will ensure smooth and efficient urban and inter-urban mobility. The strategy focusses on requirements for pan-European research in three areas of:

  • Multimodal hubs
  • Urban mobility and
  • Long distance corridors

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • provide an introduction to the reFINE initiative
  • outline the opportunities for future EU funding, drawing on experience of previously funded projects
  • discuss and agree a roadmap for how the UK construction sector can engage with reFINE

Draft agenda
09:00 Registration, refreshments and networking
09:30 Welcome and introduction - Deborah Pullen, Director MBE KTN 
09:40 Introduction to reFINE - Terry Hill, Arup and reFINE Working Group Chair
10:00 The UK transport infrastructure innovation agenda - Tim Embley, Costain and Chair of MBE KTN
          Infrastructure Working Group
10:20 Workshop session 1: Drivers
11:00 Refreshment break
11:20 Workshop session 2: Barriers
12.15 What opportunities exist for the UK transport sector? 

          Roads - Steve Phillips. FEHRL and ERTRAC Steering Group Member
          ELGIN Roadworks portal, Shane O'Neill, Chairman, ELGIN
          UK Transport research & innovation: FUTURENET - Dr Andrew Quinn, University of
          UK Transport research & innovation:CSIC - Prof Cam Middleton, University of Cambridge
13:15 Lunch and networking
14:15 Workshop session 3: Research & innovation requirements for construction in the transport sector
15:15 Refreshment break
15:45 Feedback session
16:00 Transport Systems Catapult & other TSB transport activities - Daniel Ruiz, Transport Catapult
16:15 Summary and next steps - Jennifer Schooling / Ben Kidd, MBE KTN

16:30 Close 

Further information on reFINE can be found at the ECTP reFINE website

Do you have questions about Construction research & innovation for the transport sector (ECTP reFINE)? Contact Modern Built Environment KTN, BRE & BuildingSmart

When & Where

Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Road
NW1 2AX London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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