The Spanish Road Technology Platform (PTC) is a meeting point for all agents of the science-technology-business system with a relevant role in promoting employment, competitiveness and growth in the road infrastructure sector in Spain.
The PTC has the following target: Generate a strategic vision of technological activities in the road sector; Encourage inter-company cooperation, optimizing investments carried out and promoting the R&D projects; Define R&D orientations and priorities in the area, in cooperation with national and international organizations; Promote the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of good practices among the agents of the science-technology-company system linked to the road sector. The road sector in Spain faces technological challenges for the road future, particularly those related to: road safety, environment, effective road management, funding and taxation road networks.
To help respond to them, the Platform develops the following lines of work: Management of a technical secretariat, responsible for boosting the work of the Platform; Periodic organization of Technical Days; Management of 6 Thematic Work Forums, in order to exchange information and promote the detection of R&D needs; Development and public dissemination of R&D recommendations in Spain and in front of the EC technological institutions and forums; Promote R&D projects and inter-company cooperation within the Platform.
The worldwide awareness of the sustainability of life and nature is indicative of an important role that civil infrastructures play in guaranteeing a sustainable life quality. Once an infrastructure is constructed its life-cycle demands a great effort in terms of maintenance and rehabilitation, in order not to jeopardize the initial investment in infrastructure assets and not to degrade surrounding and global environment. Thus, a new strategy in terms of research and development, through knowledge and its dissemination around the world, is being implemented with the support of a permanent organization, a technical and learned society – iSMARTi.
The International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures (iSMARTi) was established in 2004 as a culmination of an internationally concerted effort among researchers and practitioners actively engaged in maintaining and rehabilitating transportation Infrastructures. The main objective of iSMARTi is to promote the exchange of advanced knowledge and practical experiences among infrastructure engineering and management professionals. This society is dedicated to the theme of maintenance & rehabilitation of infrastructure assets of the transport system including corridors, airports, roads, pavements, tunnels and bridges, railroads, ports, dockland, utilities, and multimodal facilities. The society will support various different periodic events (conferences, workshops, short courses, technology synthesis reports), which will have the objective of promoting the exchange of know-how between the professionals involved in each of those infrastructure assets. For more information, please visit www.ismarti.org.