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GIS-based Infrastructure Management System for Optimized Response to Extreme Events on Terrestrial Transport Networks (SAFEWAY)


SAFEWAY aims to design, validate and implement holistic methods, strategies, tools and technical interventions to significantly increase the resilience of inland transport infrastructure. SAFEWAY holistic toolset will enable to anticipate and mitigate the effects of extreme events at all stages of the disaster cycle:

  1. Preparation: SAFEWAY approach is based on a substantial improvement of prediction, monitoring and decision tools that will contribute to the anticipation, prevention and preparation of critical European transport infrastructures for the damaging impacts of extreme events.
  2. Response and Recovery: the incorporation of SAFEWAY IT solutions into emergency plans and real-time optimised communication with operators and end users (via crowdsourcing and social media) will contribute to the recovery on a short-term scale.
  3. Mitigation: improving precision in the adoption of mitigation actions by impact analysis of the different scenarios together with new construction systems and smart materials will contribute to the resistance & absorption of the damage impact.

Within these dimensions, SAFEWAY will:

  • implement novel technologies that provide a new multiscale monitoring approach by combining existing remote-sensing technologies to anticipate the impact of extreme events;
  • use crowd-sourcing and exploit social media infrastructure to monitor human response during and immediately after a natural or man-made extreme event;
  • develop the framework for decision-making considering the above-mentioned factors for both single mode transportation (road and railway) as well as in a multimodal context;
  • integrate this multidisciplinary approach through a modular cloud-based ICT platform that provides optimal interfacing among the different components of SAFEWAY's resilience solution.

SAFEWAY will test its methodology in 4 real case studies in 4 countries, linked to 5 corridors of the TEN-T Core Network. The main expected impacts of SAFEWAY are: (i) at least 20% improvement in mobility during extreme events; (ii) at least 20% lower cost of infrastructure maintenance.

Project information


Universidad de Vigo (Spain)


Stiftelsen Norges Geotekniske Institutt (Norway)

The Chancellor Masters And Scholars Of The University Of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Ingenieria Insitu SL (Spain)

Demo Consultants BV (Netherlands)

Universidade Do Minho (Portugal)

Planetek Italia SRL (Italy)

Infrastructure Management Consultants Gmbh (Switzerland)

Ferrovial Agroman SA (Spain)

Infraestruturas De Portugal SA (Portugal)

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (United Kingdom)

Ruttende Leeuw Bernardus (Netherlands)

Innovactory International BV (Netherlands)

Transportokonomisk Institutt (Norway)

Source of funding

Programme H2020-EU.3.4. - Societal Challenges - Smart, Green and Integrated Transport, topic MG-7-1-2017 - Resilience to extreme (natural and man-made) events, Grant agreement ID: 769255

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jun 28 2019   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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