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Prospects for construction techniques

Creation of an industrialized urban infrastructure
applicable on an identified site using building techniques
for the years 2000 to 2020

Nature: Development and completion of a new concept of urban infrastructures that will take into account the broad guiding principles of civil engineering techniques for the next century from economic technological and environmental points of view. The project encompasses all the development phases (specifications; product design, the various technologies) and the mass production of the I.U.I. (manufacturing requirements, used technology, manufacturing process, trial run of production). Particular interest: These structures placed under road will house the various networks (water, electricity, gas, telecommunications, etc.). With the I.U.I. a 100 year old dream will then come true: the gathering of all the urban networks in one single place with simple and quick access and no need to demolish and durably damage roads and pavements. This new product will upgrade the reliability and safety of the networks and their environment since it can be industrialised. Besides, as it is initially designed to contain an automatic monitoring system, it will allow the use of modern technologies such as sensors, computerization, tele-operation and robotics for operating the urban networks. Through the use of these sophisticated technologies, the I.U.I. product is part of the general concept of "urbanitics" and thus helps to better control the management and the operation of a city vital unit i.e. the networks conveying fluids, energy and communications.
Acronym: 
IUI
Project ID: 
40
Start date: 
01-01-1987
Project Duration: 
91months
Project costs: 
13 790 000.00€
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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.