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Geotechnical Research Group

Grúpa Taighde Geoiteicniúil


The SMARTRAIL project brings together experts in the areas of highway and railway infrastructure research, SME’s and railway authorities who are responsible for the safety of national infrastructure, The goal of the project is to reduce replacement costs, delay and provide environmentally friendly maintenance solutions for ageing infrastructure networks. This will be achieved through the development of state of the art methods to analyse and monitor the existing infrastructure and make realistic scientific assessments of safety. These engineering assessments of current state will be used to design remediation strategies to prolong the life of existing infrastructure in a cost-effective manner with minimal environmental impact.

This project is being led by UCD with Ken Gavin as the coordinator with FEHRL, EURNEX, IK, ROD, University of Nottingham, Irish Rail, IGH, ZAG, TUM, Slovenske Zeleznice, Adaptronica, De Montfort University and University of Twente as partners.


7th Framework Programme
Call: SST.2011.5.2-6. SST.2011.5.2-6. TPT

Theme: Cost-effective improvement of rail transport infrastructure Cost-effective improvement of rail transport infrastructure Transport (including Aeronautics)

Start date: 1st September 2011 Duration: 36 months

SMARTRAIL Project website

SMARTRail Project featured in FIRM Magazine