E-commerce for european steel construction

Initiate a comprehensive system of e-commerce for
information dissemination on best practice in european steel
construction. The system will serve the entire supply chain
for all uses of steel in construction.

The overall purpose of this project is to use electronic information to improve the performance of steel construction in Europe, to the benefit of both the steel construction supply chain and construction clients. The former primarily comprises SMEs which individually lack the resources in the way envisaged and the latter group is increasingly impatient for the construction sector to provide better value for its business needs. A global study in 1998 demonstrated that effective provision of information is a key determining factor for success for steel construction in the market place. The specific objective is therefore to ensure that relevant, market-focused information for steel construction is more readily available, and more effectively disseminated, throughout Europe. This information system will be electronic, making the best use of web technology and open standards. The information will be quality assured. Exploitation will initially be through the wide ranging contacts of the Consortium. Within the project time scale, application will be extended to all existing and potential users of steel in construction in Europe. Sustainability, following the end of the project, will be achieved by generating revenues from product and service suppliers to the sector and by developing commercial licences with the principal internet portals that serve the wider construction sector. All members of the Consortium are small Research and Technology organisations which work closely with their respective national constituencies, which collectively comprise over 1000 organisations from all parts of the steel construction supply chain. The value of the project is 7.04 million Euro. Substantial contributions will be made from the Consortium and their national constituencies; public funding of 3.23 million Euro is sought. Keywords: steel, construction, information.
Project ID: 
2 346
Start date: 
Project Duration: 
Project costs: 
7 040 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Electronic Commerce, Electronic Payment, Electronic Signature
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.