More than 50% of bridges in European cities are older than 40 years.
Bridges in cities are often key objects and landmarks of the urban
architecture and are a vital part of a city's infrastructure. Bridge
owners and 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, repair
and renovation in densely populated areas and enhance communication
between stakeholders, local authorities and construction companies.
is a research project that is co-financed by the European Commission
under the Seventh Framework Programma for Research and Technological
Development. This website is the retrieval mechanism for all public
information about the project. It gives a description of the research
work and the partners and stakeholders involved. In the course of the
project also research results will be published. The final results will
be available in 2014.
This project "Pantura - Low-disturbance sustainable urban construction" is related to the project Pantura WP5: Flexible techniques for maintenance and refurbishment of existing bridges.
More information at Panturas homepage.
The project is carried out at the Division of Concrete Structures.