Felix Amberg - Articles and news items

The L-surF project on safety and security

Issue 2 2007, Past issues  •  19 April 2007  •  Felix Amberg, CEO, Maximilian Wietek, project manager R&D

Having just entered the third and ultimate year of the L-surF project, it is recognised that research on safety and security is more than welcome to the European Community. At least, this was one of the conclusions of the 2nd Security Research Conference held in Berlin under the German presidency of the European Community at the end of March 2007.

Large Scale Underground Research Facility on Safety and Security’ is the full title of the design study L-surF which is implemented as a ‘Specific Support Action’ in the 6th European Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This design study on research infrastructure (RIDS) is being carried out by five European partners who are leading the field in safety and security research focussing on enclosed spaces. VSH (Switzerland), SP (Sweden), STUVA (Germany), TNO (The Netherlands) and INERIS (France) are concentrating their knowledge and efforts in terms of conducting a feasibility study, with the end aim of constructing a ‘Large Scale Underground Research Facility on Safety and Security’. The closer the project comes to its end, the picture of what L-surF will become in the future – after the termination of the project – becomes more apparent.

A European partnership to improve safety

Issue 4 2005, Past issues  •  6 December 2005  •  Dr.ir. C. (Kees) Both, Head TNO Centre for Fire Research, Coordinator of the EU project UPTUN (www.uptun.net) and management team member of the VSH-lead L-surF project (www.l-surf.org), Prof. Dr. Dipl.-ing.Alfred Haack, Executive board member Stuva, former ITA president, chairman ITA Committee on operational safety of underground facilities, and Felix Amberg, CEO Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd, Coordinator of the EU project L-surF

Mobility of people and reliable transport of goods are key issues in our society. Economic growth and societal development rely heavily upon safe and secure infrastructure, in which road, rail and metro tunnels and other covered infrastructure are important elements.

In the aftermath of major disasters in Europe in the last decade, extensive research activity has started (see article from Dimitrios Theologitis, Eurotransport issue 3 2005). In this article some specific findings will be highlighted, resulting from two major EU co-financed projects: UPTUN and L-surF. The article will also draw upon future developments, such as further internationalisation of tunnel fire safety, through the combination of research and development consortia in a new ambitious ITA committee.