Task 2 of the goals contract

Infrastructure (bridges, roads, railways, buildings, urban networks, energy production and transport facilities…) assists the development of regions. But today infrastructure is under increasing pressure, as a result of climate change, the increasing scarcity of resources, growing urbanization and the effects of ageing.

How can we make sure our infrastructure is still able to meet society’s needs in terms of comfort and safety? This is the task IFSTTAR is tackling:

  • by conducting condition surveys and attempting to optimize its life cycle,
  • by drawing the most from existing infrastructure by accurately estimating its residual life and implementing appropriate maintenance and repair strategies,
  • by developing new materials and structures.

IFSTTAR is involved on a daily basis with infrastructure, whether through IFSTTAR/CETE research operations (AGREGA, ECOSURF, the ORSI concerned with the ageing and maintenance of drainage networks and structures), projects with SMEs (Actility), consortiums (NBT and TERDOUEST projects) or large groups (EDF), partnerships with the profession and other research bodies (DIOGEN database), or government departments (the Civil Aviation Technical Centre (STAC)).

The three goals of this task are as follows:

  • R-2A: To develop materials, networks and structures that are economically and socially effective, economical with resources, with low impacts on the environment and health and that take account of deconstruction and life-cycle analysis
  • R-2B: To improve and optimize existing infrastructures and networks to enhance their sustainability
  • R-2C: To survey and analyze materials, constructions, networks and the soil to improve sustainability and risk prevention and assess their performance and impacts

Éléments de programmation 2017

Le programme de recherche et de développement de l'IFSTTAR 2017

Éléments de bilan et de programmation 2016

Le programme est exposé selon trois rubriques :

Appraisal and planning information 2015

IFSTTAR’s research and development programme was approved by its Scientific Council on 17 March 2015 :

By their nature, the research topics covered by IFSTTAR are cross-cutting and multidisplinary. Research also needs initiatives and trials in order to develop innovative ideas. This is why IFSTTAR has put in place cross-cutting activities and incentivized programmes.

The incentivised arrangements that are part of IFSTTAR’s own research programme or that which is run jointly with CEREMA are as follows :

  • GERI IFSTTAR Research and Discussion Groups
  • ORSI Strategic and Incentivized Research Operations
  • R2i IFSTAAR Incentivized Research

Appraisal and planning information for 2014

IFSTTAR's research and development programme was validated by the Scientific Council on 20 March 2014 :