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PTV reveals methodology for SeRoN project

The PTV Group has published the results of the European Union’s (EU) SeRoN (Security of Road Transport Networks) research project. The transport consultancy and software provider has presented a methodology that allows planners to identify critical bridges and tunnels and to develop appropriate protection measures for them. Seven partners were involved in the EUR2.25m (US$2.9m) EU-funded project, under the management of PTV Group. The EU has placed a major emphasis on safety as part of its 7th Framework Program, which includes the SeRoN project’s investigation into the security of tunnels and bridges. “We have developed an innovative methodology for the analysis and assessment of road networks and infrastructure objects as part of the SeRoN project,” explained project manager Dr Georg Mayer of PTV. “This method provides road network operators and owners with a holistic approach to the identification of critical road infrastructures, thus allowing them to strengthen the security and resilience of their infrastructure.”

The project partners developed a four-step approach: in the first, the users identify and classify the tunnels and bridges that are relevant for the risk assessment within the selected study area; in step two, the network importance of the previously filtered infrastructure object is determined by means of a transport model, such as PTV’s Validate; step three assesses the risk on the basis of a quantitative risk analysis (QRA), which is based on specific scenarios, such as a truck fire in a tunnel, in order to be able to assess the impacts of an incident on the road user, the infrastructure object and the surrounding transport network; and the final step is the analysis of cost-effective protection measures.

“A major advantage of the four-step approach is the modular structure of the methodology, which means it can be implemented step by step,” said Ingo Kaundinya, head of division for BASt (German Federal Highway Research Institute), which supported the project. “Moreover, the methodology was tested thoroughly by our research institute. For the validation, we had access to a wealth of technical data on roads and infrastructure objects throughout Europe.” BASt now wants to introduce this methodology to both road construction authorities and private operators. “We will present the methodology developed by the SeRoN project partners at various conferences and meetings on road safety, as a basis for discussion,” noted Kaundinya.

March 20, 2013

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