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Flexible Processes and Improved Technologies for Urban Infrastructure Construction Sites (PANTURA)
Start date: Jan 1, 2011, End date: Dec 31, 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

More than 50% of bridges in European cities are older than 40 years and bridges are a vital part of the infrastructure. Bridge managers are currently dealing with a large number of structurally deficient, obsolete bridges. The need to maintain, renew, strengthen and upgrade this part of the infrastructure will increase dramatically in the near future. PANTURA has bridges as its focal point. It is, however, important to stress that the approach proposed here can be applied to all infrastructure projects. The aims are to improve highly flexible off-site production processes, create resource-efficient construction sites, improve technologies and tools for bridge construction in densely populated areas and enhance communication between local authorities and construction companies.The main benefits of PANTURA are relevant to the Work Programme and are as follows: a) equip authorities, stakeholders and experts with a comprehensive instrument (methods, tools and techniques) to prepare and perform bridge construction, maintenance, repair and renovation processes in the most effective and efficient way, in the shortest possible time, with the most efficient, sustainable use of resources and with zero disturbance and disruption for the urban environment and urban life of the inhabitants, b) reduce lifecycle costs, i.e. the more efficient use of public funds by saving a significant amount of time and money, c) use new materials to increase off-site industrial production, technical innovations and new markets for SMEs and d) improve benchmarking systems to promote a performance-based, innovative, creative construction industry.PANTURA applies research based on a multidisciplinary, holistic approach and promotes innovative yet practical solutions, while covering the entire lifecycle process. PANTURA aims to realise these objectives by taking current research on construction processes, ICT tools and infrastructure technologies one step further.
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