Data collection

This page shows all the data collection, management and storage systems that are owned by IFSTTAR’s various scientific departments.


Click on the name of one of these remarkable facilities for a detailed description.

  • Permanent accelerometric network for continuous seismic monitoring of France - IsTerre GERS

    The GIS-RAP scientific consortium, which was set up in 2000, brings together the scientists and operational units that study and monitor seismic risk and vulnerability in France. Its main role is to define and plan an instrumentation policy that matches its scientific goals. The principal goal of the permanent accelerometric network (RAP) is to record, process, analyse, provide and disseminate information about the accelerometric signals that are detected in France, in order to be able to provide high quality data and information to the scientific community, local and national authorities and the general public. Since 1995, 140 measurement stations have been set up in France’s seismic zones.


    Find out more information about this facility on the website of IsTerre, a research unit that is jointly managed by UJF/ CNRS/ UdS/ IRD/ IFSTTAR GERS.



  • Centre for geophysical data - IsTerre GERS

    The RESIF-DC seismological data centre is a vital part of the national RESIF programme. The centre, which has been operating for two years, was built in Grenoble by ISTerre (Institut des Sciences de la Terre), and is supported by the university and observatory of Grenoble. Its role is to collect all the data provided by the French permanent and mobile velocimetric and accelometric networks. The data are prepared, stored and safeguarded before being made available to the international scientific community.


    Find out more information about this facility on the website of IsTerre, a research unit that is jointly managed by UJF/CNRS/UdS/IRD/IFSTTAR GERS.

  • Database of Detailed Accident Studies - IFSTTAR TS2

    The Database of Detailed Accident Studies (EDA) contains more than a thousand accident cases that have been collected and subjected to detailed analysis since 1992. EDA studies can be used in research projects in the areas of safety and health. They are based on the “real time” collection of accurate data at the scene of the crash by a qualified psychologist and technician, followed by thorough and wide-ranging data collection in the days that follow. The accident is then summarised and analysed. These analyses aim to understand and explain the accident process in each case. EDA studies are mainly concerned with primary safety, but secondary safety is also covered.


    Find out more on the website of the LMA (Accident Mechanicsms Laboratory), which belongs to IFSTTAR’s TS2 department (Transport, Health and Safety) 

  • Multi-parameter in-vehicle recorders installed in a vehicle fleet and connected to an incident data collection and analysis system - IFSTTAR TS2

    The on-board Accident Mechanism Recorder or EMMA (Enregistreur EMbarqué des Mécanismes d'Accidents) was developed by IFSTTAR in order to collect essential data on vehicle dynamics either from internal sensors or the vehicle’s CAN bus. It was developed to collect data on accidents and incidents and the device automatically transmits the data it collects. It also has in-built computing capabilities.


    This device is managed by TS2 (IFSTTAR’s Transport, Health and Safety Department).

  • Rhône Département Register of Road Traffic Accident Casualties - IFSTTAR TS2

    The Rhône Register was set up in 1995, initially in a hospital. It records the details of individual who are injured in road traffic accidents that occurred in the Rhône Département. It aims to increase our knowledge about road trauma and its consequences due, in particular, a precise description of the injuries sustained and the accidents responsible for them.


    This system, which has been approved by the National Registers Commission, makes it possible to conduct specific studies and simultaneously meet public health goals (monitoring, appraisal of measures, aid in defining issues) and research objectives (identifying high-risk groups, defining severe casualties, etc.).


    Consult the presentation of this facility on the website of UMRESTTE (Epidemiological Research and Surveillance Unit in Transport), a research unit that is jointly managed by Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and IFSTTAR.

  • ECHO (Consignments – Shippers – Operators) - IFSTTAR AME

    The ECHO shipper surveys provide valuable information to researchers and practitioners with an interest in freight transport generation mechanisms.  These surveys are representative of French industrial firms and wholesale traders and have two original features. First, they make it possible to analyse freight transport with reference to the shippers’ economic characteristics and production systems. Second, they allow users to follow each consignment sent by the shipper until it reaches its destination.


    Find out more on the IFSTTAR website in the scientific topics file that deals with the future of urban logistics. This facility is managed by AME (IFSTTAR’s Planning, Mobility and Environment Department.

  • Parc Auto Survey and Database - IFSTTAR AME

    The “ParcAuto” (Car Fleet) survey and database is the most robust representative source of “continuous” observations of the structure of the market (for both new and second-hand vehicles), the vehicle fleet and household motoring behaviour. It has been developed, largely by IFSTTAR, since 1983 and consists of annual waves of postal surveys conducted by the polling institute TNS-SOFRES, during which a panel of 10,000 households provide a description of their vehicles (all passenger cars and vans), in terms of ownership (vehicle ownership rates, size of fleet, bottom/middle/top of range, power, etc.) and usage (mileages, fuel consumption). Details on the opinions and behaviours of the main user (types of use and users) are also collected.


    This outstanding scientific facility is managed by IFSTTAR’s AME Department (Planning, Mobility and Environment)

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