The project Consortium is comprised of a well-balanced group of 9 partners from 6 European countries with complementary skills and expertise.

Consortium Advisory Board

Sintef Ltu Ostfalia Evoleo Cartif Vias Adif Ugr Mermec Advisory Board
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Advisory Board
A consultative body, to ensure an external and independent view of the project results

VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES (VIAS) is a construction firm that belongs to one of the world's largest construction and services groups (ACS group), with over 80 years' experience. Headquartered in Madrid (Spain), its business focuses primarily on major projects for railways, motorways and roads, airports, water works, coastal works and ports, industrial works and urban development, environmental works, buildings, etc.

VIAS plays a leading role in civil-works building in Spain, especially in the construction of major railway projects and maintenance of railway infrastructure. VIAS currently carries out maintenance of over 1700 km of high speed railway lines and over 1400 km of conventional railroad lines. To that effect, VIAS is part of a multidisciplinary group, VIAS Group, covering expertise in railway network construction & maintenance (VIAS), railway energy systems engineering, construction & maintenance (ELECTREN); and rail freight transportation (CONTINENTAL RAIL, SICSA), among others.

CARTIF is one of the Spain's leading research and technology centres employing more than 200 people, including engineers and scientist in 7 research areas (Energy, Environment, ICT, Food and Chemicals, Automation and Process Control, Robotics and Computer Vision). The main activity of CARTIF, as non-for-profit association focused on applied research, is to act as a bridge between the field of the basic research and the applications at industrial scale, especially focused on the transfer of technology to SME's.

CARTIF has participated in a wide variety of R&D and innovation projects in national and European programs. In 2011, CARTIF participates in 17 R&D projects (included FP7, LIFE+, Interreg, etc.).

In the OPTIRAIL project, they will be represented by the department of Information and Computer Technologies (ICT), which counts with a consolidated research line included within the "Knowledge-based Intelligent Systems”.

The Lulea University of Technology (LTU) is organized in strong interdisciplinary research areas and in close cooperation with industry and society. In the current project, LTU will participate through its Division of O&M that is closely associated with two centers of excellence: Lulea Railway Research Center (JVTC) and Center for Maintenance and Industrial Services (C-MIS).

The main purpose of JVTC is to co-ordinate the railway research works being pursued at different Departments and Centers at the University and to facilitate the contacts between researchers and the railway sector in general.

The goal is to serve as a center of excellence for creation and dissemination of a systematic body of knowledge for improvement in maintenance practices and processes for railway.

On the other hand C-MIS is a multidisciplinary center that serves as a platform conducting research and development in field of dependability and maintenance engineering.

The University of Granada (UGR) is a public University founded in 1530. It is well known because of its researchers’ scientific production and knowledge transfer to companies, mainly in two areas: Health and Computer Science.

In OPTIRAIL project, it will participate through the SCI2S research group included in the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (DECSAI) which is one of the leading groups in Computational Intelligence all over Europe.

Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1XXX and focuses mainly on engineering subjects in research and education and puts high emphasis on research that is closely connected to applications. The research group involved in OPTIRAIL project belongs to the Institute of Applied Informatics.One of the main research areas of the Institute of Applied Informatics at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences is data analysis, data mining, classification and prediction tasks.

SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. The SINTEF Group is structured into several research divisions, which have been defined in terms of value chains and industrial market clusters. In the OPTIRAIL project there will be involved three units:

  • SINTEF Technology and Society is a multidisciplinary research institute that operates in the fields of science and technology and the social sciences. Our vision is to conduct research and consulting on how organizations can improve their competitiveness, in a sustainable manner.
  • SINTEF ICT is through Centre for Railway Certification (SJS) appointed as Notified Body, registered as Notified Body no. 1278 in the NANDO database, for all railway sub-systems in accordance with the EU interoperability directives 2008/57, which is common to high-speed and conventional rail.
  • SINTEF Energy Research is a limited company within the SINTEF Group and is engaged in contract research in the national and international markets. R&D activities are focused on power production as well as energy conversion, transmission, distribution and the use of energy, including industrial processes and products. SINTEF ER is also involved in solving the energy-related challenges onshore as well as offshore.

MER MEC is a world industry leader and innovator focused on delivering end-to-end solutions to help heavy and light railways improve safety, efficiency and reliability of their networks. With more than 20 years of continuous innovation, MER MEC long-standing commitment to railway industry is based on innovative solutions for diagnostics, asset management and maintenance.

The products portfolio is organized in four Strategic Business Units:

  • DIAGNOSTICS: Measuring System and Vehicles explicitly designed, developed and manufactured for railway infrastructure monitoring and analysis.
  • ADVANCED SERVICES: professional services for measurement of infrastructure conditions (data processing and validation) and predictive analysis of degradation, in order to carry out intelligent management of Maintenance and Renewal activities.
  • SIGNALLING: advanced systems for traffic control and management (ATP–Automatic Train Protection and signalling systems, trackside and on-board).
  • STEEL INDUSTRY: no contact measuring systems and technology for automatic inspection and analysis of: hot & cold long profiles, hot & cold ring profiles, large open die forgings.

MERMEC holistic approach to systems design and development allows smoothly interoperability of all different devices offering modular solutions able to perform cross correlated analysis of railway infrastructure defects. All measuring systems are engineered to be installed and integrated on any railway car or commercial vehicles.

EVOLEO is a SME created on 2007, investing in skills related to the design of critical and highly complex electronic engineering solutions. EVOLEO is based on evolution, innovation and constant customer oriented learning. EVOLEO embraces four areas of activity: Space, Transportation, Energy and Health.

EVOLEO holds a skilled multidisciplinary engineering team seeking and promoting partnerships and networking between centers of knowledge and industry players. We strongly cooperate, among others, with European Space Agency (ESA), REFER, EMEF, EFACEC, R&D groups from Porto and Aveiro, either University or Polytechnic.

EVOLEO key competences are: (i) Design and Implementation of Analogue and/or Digital Hardware; (ii) Software Implementation for Embedded Systems; (iii) Instrumentation, Automation and Control Systems; (iv) Systems Engineering; and (v) Support to the integration and achievement of wide areas projects.

The Railway Infrastructure Manager public authority (ADIF) is a public body attached to the Ministry of Public Works (Fomento). ADIF is responsible for the management of railway infrastructure owned by the State and for the construction and maintenance of the new High Speed lines. ADIF is also in charge of managing rail traffic, distributing capacity to rail operators and the collection of fees for infrastructure, station and freight terminal use.

ADIF participates actively in many R&D and standardisation activities in close collaboration with the EC and UIC. For instance, ADIF has played an important role in the field of railway interoperability, with development of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on Spanish high-speed lines. Furthermore, ADIF is also part of several European Rail Associations such as European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM), RailNetEurope (RNE), and European Greenways Association (EGWA), among others.

Name Country
Jernbaneverket (JBV): Norwegian government's agency for railway services Norway
Trafikverket: The Swedish Transport Administration Sweden
REFER: National railway network infrastructure manager Portugal
Instytut Kolejnictwa (IK): Railway Institute Poland
Network Rail: Authority responsible for the United Kingdom's railway network United Kingdom