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Acronym: ALFA-BIRD
Start date: July 1, 2008
End date: June 30, 2012
Total project value: ~ 10.5 Million €
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG (EU-VRi), Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 24
Contact person (name/email): Mr. Olivier Salvi /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Figure of a fuel cycle to present the main idea of ALFA-BIRD.
Description: ALFA-BIRD (Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development) is a project co-funded by the EU in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, started in July 2008. ALFA-BIRD is an R&D project aiming at viable technical solutions. Its objective is to investigate and develop a variety of alternative fuels for the use of in aeronautics, motivated by the need to ensure a sustainable growth of the civil aviation, regarding the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, and in the context of oil prices that are highly volatile and increasing in the long term.

The main challenge in the project work is developing fuels that meet the very strict operational constrains in aviation (e.g. flight in very cold conditions), and are compatible with current civil aircraft, which is a must due to their long lifetime of almost 50 years. To address this challenge, ALFA-BIRD gathers a multi-disciplinary consortium with key industrial partners from aeronautics (engine manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers) and fuel industry, and research organizations covering a large spectrum of expertise in fields of biochemistry, combustion as well as industrial safety. Bringing together their knowledge, the consortium will develop the whole chain for clean alternative fuels for aviation. The most promising solutions will be examined during the project, from classical ones (plant oils, synthetic fuels) to the most innovative, such as new organic molecules. Based on a first selection of the most relevant alternative fuels, a detailed analysis of up to 5 new fuels will be performed with tests in realistic conditions.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech is also very actively involved in the economical evaluation of the use of alternative fuels. It has main tasks attributed to WP3.2: Economical evaluation, and WP4.2: Industry users Advisory Group for specification.


Acronym: AQUIT_deg
Start date: January 1, 2003
End date: January 1, 2005
Total project value: ~ 0.4 Million €
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Advanced Risk-Technologies, Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 7
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Main components of the AQUIT project
Description: AQUIT is a co-operation project between the Steinbeis Foundation Germany and the German organization DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, member of KfW Banking Group, one of the largest European development finance institutions) addressing the issue of qualification and certification of potential Serbian IT-experts.

Main components of the project are:

• AQUIT Infrastructure
• AQUIT Courses
• AQUIT Roaster of Certified IT experts
• AQUIT (Pilot) Projects

The results of the project can be summarized as:
• Involvement of over 1,200 people (as stakeholders, course participants, lecturers, etc.), 30+ Serbian companies, 20+ German companies, 6 Serbian universities, German and Serbian governments and related agencies
• Preparation of 25 AQUIT courses (covering three main levels: Level I – “Steinbeis Basics” including project management, quality management and business communication, Level II – “General IT Skills/Tools” including programming languages and fundamentals of database systems, and Level III dealing with “Special IT Skills and Tools” needed for specific applications like E-banking, Medical applications, GIS systems, Aerospace industry (CAD), Telecommunications and similar)
• Holding 53 instances of the of the above mentioned AQUIT courses
• Education of 859 attendees of the above mentioned AQUIT courses
• Successful certification of 152 attendees of AQUIT courses (415 certificates issued)
• Application of the AQUIT outsourcing concept in 4 “AQUIT pilot projects” (The outsourcing projects within the main AQUIT project, performed before the closure of the DEG-supported phase of the AQUIT project)
• Establishing of 4 local AQUIT offices in Serbia.

Through these and other AQUIT activities, a number of important economic, social and political benefits for both Germany and Serbia have been achieved, primarily in terms of further European integration of Serbia and Montenegro (indirectly also other countries in the region), and in terms of improvement of the socio-economic position of the participants in AQUIT courses, of the engaged AQUIT local trainers and other IT-professionals in the region.
R-Tech Specific Role: Steinbeis Advanced Risk-Technologies executed the project by preparing the training material and conducting the training in collaboration with the project partners in Serbia and German, coordinating pilot project activities and managing the whole project.




Acronym: AssureMOSS
Start date: October 1, 2020
End date: September 30, 2023
Description: The Assurance and certification in secure Multi-party Open Software and Services (AssureMOSS) is to produce a coherent set of automated, lightweight techniques that allow software companies to assess, manage, and re-certify the security and privacy risks associated with the fast-paced development and continuous deployment of multi-party open software and services (for which we introduce the MOSS acronym). Ultimately, we aim at supporting the creation of more secure MOSS software.

Continuous, distributed changes rule today's European Digital Single Market as no single company does master its own national, in-house software. Software is mostly assembled from “the internet” and more than half come from Open Source Software repositories (some in Europe, most elsewhere). Security & privacy assurance, verification and process certification techniques designed for large, controlled updates over months or years, must now cope with small, continuous changes in weeks, happening in sub-components and decided by third-party developers one did not even know they existed. AssureMOSS addresses these challenges to the fullest extent: «Open Source Software - Designed Everywhere, Secured in Europe». AssureMOSS proposes to switch from process-based to an artefact-based security evaluation by supporting all phases of the continuous software lifecycle (Design, Develop, Deploy, Evaluate and back) their artefacts (Models, Source code, Container images, Services). The key idea is to support mechanisms for lightweight and scalable screenings applicable automatically to the entire population of software components by:
- Machine intelligent identification of security issues across artifacts,
- Sound analysis and verification of changes by tracing the security and privacy side effects
- Business insight by risk analysis and security evaluation.

This approach supports the fast-paced development of better software by a new notion: continuous (re)certification. The project will generate not only a set of innovative methods and open-source tools but also benchmark datasets with thousands of vulnerabilities and code that can be used by other researchers.
R-Tech Specific Role: Steinbeis EU-VRi will define, develop and implement an indicator-based methodology in the ResilienceTool to support continuous risk and resilience assessment of Multi-party Open Software and Services (MOSS) within the DevOps cycle. In collaboration with the project partners, EU-VRi leads the tasks of developing operational and system-level risk indicators for assessing security and resilience of software systems from the design (architectural) phase, code-level (build) phase, to run-time (deployment) phase supporting CI/CD.
Acronym: BIO4SELF
Start date: March 1, 2016
End date: June 30, 2019
Total project value: 6.8 Million €
Project coordinator: CENTEXBEL (CTB), Dr. Guy Buyle
Total number of partners: 15
Contact person (name/email): Ms. Parva Chhantyal,
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Description: BIO4SELF aims at fully bio-based self-reinforced polymer composites (SRPC). To produce the SRPCs two polylactic acid (PLA) grades are required: a low melting temperature (Tm) one to form the matrix and an ultra high stiffness and high Tm one to form the reinforcing fibres. To reach unprecedented stiffness in the reinforcing PLA fibres, we will mix PLA with bio-LCP (liquid crystalline polymer) for nanofibril formation. Further, we will increase the temperature resistance of PLA and improve its durability. This way, BIO4SELF will exploit recent progress in PLA fibre technology. We will add inherent self-functionalisation in the bulk of the composite material via photocatalytic fibres (self-cleaning properties), tailored microcapsules (self-healing properties) and deformation detecting fibres (self-sensing).
Prototype composite parts for automotive and home appliances will be demonstrators to show the much broader range of industrial applications, e.g. furniture, construction, sports goods. Our developments will enable to use biobased composites for high end applications, thus contribution to using sustainable and renewable raw materials. Being able to produce, process or sell these novel SRPCs and related composite intermediates will be a clear competitive advantage. First estimates predict a market of at least 20kton/year (corresponding to ca. €400M).
The BIO4SELF consortium is a well balanced mix of end-users (large enterprises to maximise impact), technology providers (mainly R&D driven SMEs), R&D actors (RTDs and universities) and innovation support (specialised SMEs). It covers the required expertise, infrastructure, and industrial know how to realise the innovation potential of the novel high performance biobased SRPCs, both during and beyond the project.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech will contribute this by tackling the aspects related to sustainability of the materials and products developed within BIO4SELF. This implies the environmental and cost assessment, end-of-life scenarios and safety analysis. In the environmental assessment, a cradle-to-grave approach will be used to assess the investigated system (biobased composite structure and conventional fossil fuel based materials). The cumulative environmental impact resulting from all stages in the product development, includes raw materials’extraction (using secondary and tertiary data for the evaluation of specific impact) and the ultimate product disposal by investigating the benefits/constraints related with different scenarios defined by the compositions and characteristic of final products.
Furthermore, risk management studies in the project will be carried out by R-Tech. The risk management will follow the principles established at ISO 31000 and consider the main steps of risk assessment (risk identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation) together with monitoring and communication.

Acronym: caLIBRATe
Start date: May 1, 2016
End date: October 31, 2019
Total project value: ~ 9 Million €
Project coordinator: National Research Center for Working Environment in Denmark
Total number of partners: 24
Contact person (name/email): Flor Angela Quintero /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Concept of the Nano-Risk Radar to be developed in caLIBRATe project
Description: The objective of the caLIBRAte project is to establish a state-of-the-art versatile Risk Governance framework for assessment and management of human and environmental risks of MN and MN-enabled products. The framework will be a web-based “system-of-systems” linking different models and methods for: 1) screening of apparent and perceived risks and trends in nanotechnology, 2) control banding, qualitative and fully
integrated predictive quantitative risk assessment operational at different information levels, 3) safety-by-design and multi-criteria decision support methods, 4) risk surveillance, -management and -guidance documents. The risk management framework will support assessments of emerging and existing MN and MN-enabled products following the recent ISO31000 risk governance framework, as well as safety in innovation by matching models to the principle innovation steps in the “Cooper Stage-Gate®” product innovation model Control banding tools and quantitative models will be subject to sensitivity analysis and performance testing followed by a revision as needed. After revision the models will again be analyzed by sensitivity testing, calibration, performance tested to establish the uncertainties. After calibration, the models will be part of the framework, which will be demonstrated by case studies. Stakeholders will be involved for defining the user requirements of the framework and will receive training in the framework at the end. The caLIBRAte project proposal answers to the call of NMP30-2015: Next generation tools for risk governance of MNs.
The project is specifically designed to address the key challenges defined in the scope of the call text. There is particular focus on model revision, calibration and demonstration of existing models and methods that support the risk governance framework in regards to safe innovation and already implemented nanomaterials. Next generation computational exposure assessment and -toxicology is anticipated in the framework.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech will have an active participation and strong involvement in the project. The main activities are related to the leadership of WP1 and WP8. In WP 1, R-Tech will develop the NanoRiskRadar which will allow to anticipate as early as possible any nanotechnology related risks and manage its maturations before it becomes a threat.
Whitin WP 8 R-Tech will consolidate the caLIBRATe Nano-Risk Governance framework by developing the System of Systems (SoS) sustainable platform.
Acronym: CEM-WAVE
Start date: October 1, 2020
End date: March 31, 2024
Total project value: ~ 5 Million €
Project coordinator: Universita Di Pisa
Total number of partners: 13
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Building a cleaner future for energy-intensive industries
Description: The “European Green Deal” aims at Europe as the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Research and innovation on technologies allowing intense exploitation of renewable energy is paramount. Renewable energy sources are, for their very nature, fluctuating, and potentially generating extreme conditions. Adaptation and optimisation of current processes to changes caused by increased use of renewable energy sources is particularly important in energy-intensive industries. Novel materials are needed to sustain conditions, such as higher temperatures and corrosive environments and, at the same time, guarantee energy efficiency and high-performances. Materials potentially able to withstand such extreme conditions keeping excellent thermo-mechanical properties already exist, but are currently used only in sectors such as aerospace due to the high production costs: Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs). In CEM-WAVE we aim at introducing an innovative CMC production process, based on Microwave-assisted Chemical Vapour Infiltration (MW-CVI) technologies. This novel proposed process will extremely reduce processing costs, thus making CMCs sustainable for process industries in energy-intensive sectors such as steelmaking. In more detail, CEM-WAVE aims at validating, in a radiant tube furnace, a small scale CMC-based tube embedded with sensors, substituting Inconel/Stainless steel alloys currently employed. The research and innovation work will be flanked by Artificial Intelligence (AI)-aided modelling research to predict the material behaviour, and will develop innovative joining and coating technologies to produce complex shaped components and further improving their high-temperature corrosion resistance. Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) and Thermoeconomic Analysis (TA) will guarantee that the project follows at every step the best directions in term of sustainability and future market uptake of the generated results.
R-Tech Specific Role: Starting from the risks assessment, Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) is responsible for all business intelligence related to and the evaluation of the environmental and economic aspects of the project’s life cycle assessment and life-cycle costing. It also works on standardization opportunities, especially related to new nanomaterials, devices and components.
EDEN (R-Tech)
Acronym: EDEN (R-Tech)
Start date: September 1, 2013
End date: December 31, 2016
Total project value: ~ 36.5 Million €
Project coordinator: BAE Systems, Mr. Clive Goodchild
Total number of partners: 37
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Firefighters and toolproviders during demonstration in Poland
Description: The accidental or deliberate release of CBRNE materials are low probability events that can have a significant impact on citizens and society. Whenever and wherever they occur, they usually require a gradual and multi-facetted response as they tend to provoke severe and unexpected physical, psychological, societal, economical and political effects that might also easily cross the borders inside as well as outside the EU.
The EDEN project will leverage the added-value of tools and systems from previous R&D efforts and improve CBRNE resilience through their adaptation and integration in complex multi-national/agency CBRNE operations.
Successful CBRNE resilience requires a global System-of-Systems approach.
EDEN recognises that Systems of systems has a different meaning for different countries and protection agencies and the concept of the EDEN project is to provide a “toolbox of toolboxes” as an EDEN Store to allow different stakeholders to make available and to pick the capabilities they deem important (or affordable) from a common certified set of applications.
This concept will allow a high degree of interoperability at the differing levels of capability that each country may have. The benefit of EDEN concept is that integration is immediately applied at the application level.
The EDEN Store concept allows capabilities to be shared and consistently provided and accessible to multiple stakeholders. It will gradually build up a common capability that will span across European boundaries. It will also share the burden of development and allows for lessons to be learned and applications to be enhanced based on the learning. Importantly it provides for interoperability, which is paramount in cross boundary incident management.
Validation will be through three themed end-users demonstrations (Food Industry, Multi Chemical, Radiological) cover at multiple hazards (C, B, R, N, E), and multiple phases of the security cycle, multiple tiers of and multiple stakeholders.
The EDEN consortium includes end-users, major stakeholders in the CBRNE domain and large system integration and system solution providers, including SMEs that will bring innovative solutions and support the integration and RTOs that will further develop EU affordable resilience.
The expected impact from EDEN is to provide affordable CBRNE resilience and market sustainability through the better integration of the systems in real operations and in enhancing the safety of citizens.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech is contributing to the development of the EDEN Store with tools such as RiskTweet and RiskRadar.

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Start date: September 1, 2011
End date: December 31, 2016
Total project value: ~ 16.5 Million €
Project coordinator: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Total number of partners: 8
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Scenario elements on a risk map & link to indicators – the concept
Description: Research in the energy sector concentrated so far on the development of new energy technologies and their optimal combination towards an efficient and effective energy mix. With the envisioned energy transformation in Germany, energy supply will be primarily based on renewable sources of energy and efficiency gains. Furthermore, the demand side of energy will become a major topic of research and will be at the core of future energy policies.

The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS places the connections between and among energy technologies, planning procedures and consumer behavior in the focus of the research interests and investigations.

Research projects include the interaction of energy supply, energy distribution and energy storage on the one hand and institutional governance and consumer behavior on the other hand. The results are expected to provide policy-oriented knowledge for an efficient and socially acceptable design of a sustainable energy system.
R-Tech Specific Role: Yet to be defined.
Acronym: EngenRBI
Start date: March 7, 2016
End date: October 31, 2016
Total project value: 0.15 Million €
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Africa Pty Ltd, Prof. Dr Aleksandar Jovanovic, Mr. Stefan Husta, Ms. Vanessa Pfau
Total number of partners: 2
Contact person (name/email): Mr. Stefan Husta /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Engen rafinery
Description: The EngenRBI Project is based on a three phase approach, consisting of:
1. Gap Analysis stage, with the aim to evaluate the current state of readiness and development of the Engen RBI management system and accompanying documentation, and provide a formal strategy and a set of solutions to best address the issues identified by the Consultant.
2. Based on the findings of the Gap Analysis theRBI Quality Management System will be implemented.
3. After the completion of the implementation of the RBI Quality Management System the R-Tech Team will be supporting the Engen RBI Quality Team in the certification phase

The Services are offered by the local South African branch Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Africa Pty Ltd and its international mother-company Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH, Germany.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech Africa, together with R-Tech Germany are responsible for the implementation of the RBI Quality Management System
Start date: July 8, 2010
End date: January 17, 2011
Total project value: 0.4 Million €
Project coordinator: D'Appolonia
Total number of partners: 2
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Emission from stacks for the period 2008 to 2009 presented in R-Tech GIS supported web tool
Description: The project was initiated based on the Agreement on purchase and sale of NIS shares between Republic of Serbia and Gazprom Neft in accordance to which Gazprom Neft has the obligation related to the reconstruction and upgrade of NIS process facilities and to improvement of the environmental safety of production processes.

The tender as well as Technical assignment, was approved by the competent ministries of the Republic of Serbia (Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning at the time). Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH and D’Appolonia S.p.A, both having experiences in similar projects in Serbia, as a consortium, have won the tender in a very strong competition (17 companies / consortia have submitted their bids).

The project was divided in four phases aimed to achieve four general goals:

Phase 1: Ecological Assessment of Environmental Status (water, soil, air) within the NIS Economic Activity Zone

Phase 2: Assessment of Potential Environmental Risks

Phase 3: Assessment of Facility Ecological Management System

Phase 4: Development of Instructions for Improvement of Ecological Status and Reduction of Ecological and Economic Risks

The project included 12 samples of the NIS a.d. manufacturing facilities i.e. two oil refineries, one gas refinery, two petrol station, two tank farms, two service units, and three collection or/and dispatch centers.

Beside results of assessments, the project delivered a list of the priority corrective actions to be implemented in the short/medium/long term periods, in order to reduce the environmental risks.

The project team, consisting of 20+ international and local experts for environment, health and safety issues, has started the work in July 2010 and successfully completed the project in four phases, in January 2011 when final reports were submitted. Reports were prepared in two languages (English and Serbian) for each of the 12 facilities which were the subject of ecological assessment. That makes 24 reports with about 2500 pages. The reports contain description of actual environmental status (soil, groundwater, waste water and air), evaluation of EHS management, as well as assessment of potential environmental risks and proposals for corrective measures.

The results of the study were presented at the press conference on March 17, 2011 in the Serbian Government’s press room, Nemanjina 11 in Belgrade and praised as "one of the best and the most comprehensive studies, ever performed in Serbia".
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech was in charge for the following parts of the project:
• project background (for each of 12 sites - location and description, geology and hydrogeology, topography, hydrology, climatic conditions)
• Legal framework, local legislation for all environmental topics - subsoil and groundwater, surface soil at hazardous waste storage areas, wastewater, air, Environmental, Health and Safety
• Review of past investigations related to subsoil and groundwater, surface soil at hazardous waste storage areas
• complete ecological assessment of environmental status related to air status
• assessment of Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Management and Health and Safety performance
• assessment of potential risks and proposal of remedial actions related to the air and health and safety


Acronym: ESKOM-RBI
Start date: January 15, 2013
End date: January 13, 2017
Total project value: approx. 4M€
Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. A. Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 2
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Description: The contract foresees provision of consultancy services for the development and implementation of a RBI Management System for Eskom’s 13 coal fired power plants and the Eskom head office. When the South African OHS Act Vessels Under Pressure (VuP) regulations were changed to Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) in line with the European practice in July, 2009, Eskom familiarized with these regulations and started developing the appropriate compliance strategies for the company. This led inherently to the initiation of the Risked Based Inspection programme.
As an alternative to the periodic pressure tests and inspection interval requirements, the PER offers an option of implementing a certified Risk Based Inspection (RBI) programme as part of a plant life cycle management strategy. This involves creating a comprehensive programme for risk based asset management which will benefit both the new-build projects as well as the currently ageing fleet. The compliance will support the business in ensuring that legal, statutory and regulatory requirements are properly understood and best practice is applied in the management of safety and plant integrity risks. Where different technologies exist on a power plant, RBI Programme will be adapted accordingly to cater for the change in technology.

R-Tech’s services, responsibility and related deliverables are defined in relation to the following project phases:
i) Gap Analysis
ii) Implementation Stage
iii) Certification Stage

In addition to the above mentioned phase related services R-Tech is responsible for ensuring that the Eskom’s RBI programme provides the following, as a minimum:
- Enables integration with the overall Asset and Engineering Management Framework of the Employer.
- Defines data requirements and validation best practices.
- Defines a strategy for the selection of systems and components to be considered for analysis.
- Develop suitable RBI programme software for the Employer’s review and acceptance which interfaces with the Employer’s existing systems.
- Defines the limitations of inspection capabilities e.g. intrusive vs. non-intrusive inspection, indicative vs. absolute detection on the determination of the PoF.
- Enables the capturing and management of determination of the degradation mechanisms, rates and failure modes.
- Allows for seamless transition between qualitative and quantitative analysis.
- Enables a standardized approach for the different types of plants and equipment with respect to risk assessment and data capturing as a minimum.
- Enables the determination of the PoF taking into account the remaining life, effect of human error and the operating history, as a minimum.
- Enables the evaluation of the CoF taking into account the safety, environmental and financial consequences, as a minimum.
- Enables multilevel risk analysis.
- Enables the ease of understanding of the RBI processes at all levels of the organization by developing an effective communication strategy.
- Meets the Regulatory Authority’s Certification and Approval requirements.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech is the contractor of Eskom and is developing and implementing the RBI system for Eskom HQ and 13 coal fired power plants.


ESPRiT 592deg
Acronym: ESPRiT 592deg
Start date: June 1, 2008
End date: May 31, 2010
Total project value: ~ 0.45 Million €
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advanced Risk Technologies
Total number of partners: 12
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
On-the-job training - visit to EnBW Power Plant Altbach, September 17, 2009
Description: ESPRiT is a project aimed at improving of industrial safety and environmental protection by means of enhanced Risk Management in the companies, especially in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The “infrastructures” needed for the achievement of the project goals have been developed in the project and have included:
• the educational infrastructure
• the IT-infrastructure, local offices and
• the modules of the special courses which became part of the curricula at the Serbian Universities.

This overall infrastructure should help the Serbian government (e.g. the Ministries responsible for Environment and Education), as well as the innovation centers at the Universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, to create a sustainable set of measures for improvement of industrial and occupational safety, and environmental protection in Serbia.

The key elements of the education and training concept were implementation of an overall risk management system compatible with the EU-norms, and education of the HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) responsible professionals, according to the EU and German practices. The implementation of this concept has taken into account the specific factors and difficulties in Serbia such as, e.g., those in the area of education. In parallel to these technical activities a comprehensive dissemination and PR network has been created created.

Main results of the project have included:
• 14 different 5-days courses prepared
• 21 instances of the courses held
• 843 participants of the courses
• 742 certified risk professionals
• 25 certified risk examiners and senor risk assessors
• 18 trained trainers for ESPRiT courses
• two universities have extended the education curricula using ESPRiT courses.

As a measurable parameter of the successful project implementation, the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), at least 2 of them in 2 Serbian plants have been improved by at least 5 % as the result of the project.

On the overall economic plan, the project lead to increased attractiveness of Serbia for foreign investors, due to the improved possibilities to meet the requirements resulting from the use of the EU legislation.





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Acronym: ETPIS
Start date: November 19, 2008
End date: December 31, 2013
Project coordinator: EU-VRi, Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 600
Contact person (name/email): Mr. Olivier Salvi /
Official webpage (coordinator):
Logo of the SafeFuture Initiative
Description: According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao every three and a half minutes somebody in the EU dies from work-related causes. Of the 150 000 deaths per year, the vast majority are caused by occupational diseases (142 000), while the rest are classified as work-related accidents. Although there has been a marked decrease in the number of serious and fatal accidents over the past years (of respectively 21 % and 24 % between 1998 and 2004 in the EU-25), there are still far too many people suffering accidents at work.

The Major Accident Reporting System from the European Commission records that, approximately 30 Major Accidents happen each year within the industry sectors covered by the Seveso 2 Directive. By definition these accidents have the potential for major consequences to people and the environment.

In addition, new industrial technologies bring new safety challenges that need to be address at an early stage of the design: e.g. the development of nanotechnologies, the extensive use of new energy carriers such as hydrogen, batteries or bio-fuel. They require expertise in risk assessment and management, and knowledge on the hazardous phenomena as well as on the technical and organizational measures to control the risk.

The cost of accidents and occupational diseases occurring in the industry in the EU ranges between 2.6% to 3.8% of Gross National Product. This cost must ultimately be included in production costs and consequently increases the cost of sales, reducing the industry competitiveness.

The European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS) has brought together all relevant stakeholders (i.e. from industry, unions, authorities, NGOs, banks, insurance and research) to further improve industrial safety and thus the competitiveness of the European industry, by supporting safe technological innovation and exploiting/implementing results of research and innovative methods within industry.


Acronym: EuMaT
Start date: April 1, 2004
Project coordinator: KMM-VIN (
Total number of partners: 500
Contact person (name/email): Michal Basista,
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Description: The main goal of EuMaT is to contribute to the best relation and dialogue between industry, R&D actors and institutions aiming at improving the coordination and synergies at national and European level in the field of Materials R&D.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech supports KMM-VIN as the Operating Agend of EuMaT and a partner responsible for website development and support related to the business development. A. Jovanovic is coordinator of the WG "LCA and Risk"
EuropeAid Turkey
Acronym: EuropeAid Turkey
Start date: October 1, 2012
End date: September 30, 2014
Total project value: ~ 2.7 Million €
Project coordinator: Ekodenge
Total number of partners: 6
Description: Technical assistance will support to strengthen the administrative and institutional capacity of central and local bodies that are responsible for future implementation of the Seveso II Directive in Turkey.
Within this context the consultant will realize:
(i) training activities to increase institutional and technical capacity of especially the industry and the NGOs concerned and the designated competent authorities;
(ii) creation of a core trainer group from the central staff and other responsible institutions;
(iii) establishment of a pilot region to improve on-site implementation and to identify deficiencies;
(iv) study tours to observe the EU experiences on the implementation of Seveso II.
European Master and Certification Program
Acronym: European Master and Certification Program
Start date: April 1, 2009
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advanced Risk Technologies
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Courses take place at different universities/companies - Course II-R04a RBI in Rotterdam, hosted by Lloyd’s Register
Description: "European Master and Certification Program in Risk Engineering and Management" is based on several international (Hungary, Slovakia, Malaysia, Serbia, China, South Africa) and EU projects (e.g. iNTeg-Risk, Among the companies "served" there are Slovnaft, Shell, NIS, Gazprom, Petronas, Sinopec, ESKOM, …. Program is now one of the accredited programs in Germany.

The program is a "dual" one meaning that academic and professional educational tracks are compatible (and combinable) and it is hosted by Steinbeis University Berlin (i.e. its Transfer Institute "Advanced Risk Technologies"). Other universities, institutions, companies involved are: Univ. of Bologna, Italy, CNR, Italy, CEA, France, Demokritos, Greece, Iberdrola, Spain, INERIS, France, JSI, Slovenia, Univ. Magdeburg, Germany, SINTEF, Norway, Univ. of Padua, Italy, Univ. of Pisa, Italy, SWISSI, Switzerland, INCDPM, Romania, Univ. of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS/Prof. Renn), Germany.

Within the program, we currently offer:
a. over 35 courses (1 week intensive teaching, generally)
b. 6 main Modules
• Intro (general concepts, emphasis petrochemical and power industry)
• Assets (plants/systems/equipment, emphasis petrochemical and power industry)
• HSSE (Health, Safety, Security, Environment)
• Business/governance (that's where the Emerging Risks is in)
• Elective courses
• thesis and projects
c. 5 levels of professional certification (Risk Examination - Hazard or Plant oriented, Risk Assessment - Hazard or Plant oriented, Risk Governance)
d. Master in the area of Risk Engineering and Management (120 CPUs)
e. on-the-job-training accompanying the courses/Master
R-Tech Specific Role: Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advanced Risk Technologies, as a part of the Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB), runs the most of the courses offered, coordinates activities with participating university and is responsible to ensure compliance with study and examination regulation of SHB.

Acronym: ExoMet
Start date: June 1, 2012
End date: May 31, 2016
Total project value: ~ 19.4 Million €
Project coordinator: European Space Agency, David Jarvis
Total number of partners: 27
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Grain mechanisms use experimental techniques with focus on heterogeneous nucleation.
Description: The core concept of the ExoMet project involves developing new liquid metal processing techniques coupled with external fields. These techniques will revolutionise microstructure control in metallic alloys and their composites, and allow for properties not reachable by conventional processing routes and compositions. The metals of greatest interest in this project are light alloys of magnesium and
aluminium, although it should be appreciated that the new methods will also be of high value to other alloy systems in the future (e.g. titanium, copper, steel, cobalt, nickel, zinc, intermetallics, high entropy
alloys, bulk metallic glasses etc). The use of external fields to disperse novel grain refiners and nanoparticle reinforcers into melts and the subsequent solidification of light alloy nanocomposites are
key topics to be tackled in ExoMet. In terms of external fields, the team will investigate the influence of electromagnetic fields (EM), power ultrasound (US) and high-energy liquid shearing (LS) on large
volumes of alloy. Combinations of these different techniques (e.g. US+EM) will also be explored.
R-Tech Specific Role: Modelling of uncertainties and risk, associated with test campaigns, material property enhancements and metrology; risk scenarios and inputs to measurement standardisation shall be provided; Contribution to health & safety assessment of selected nanoparticulates; life-cycle analysis of selected light alloy/MMNC components; normative and pre-standardisation aspects on the levels of CEN Workshop Agreements (CWA) and analyse links to existing standards; Steinbeis will also be involved in and contribute to disseminating project results.
Start date: February 1, 2011
End date: January 31, 2015
Total project value: ~ 7.7 Million €
Project coordinator: University of New Castle Upon Tyne
Total number of partners: 19
Contact person (name/email): Ms. Flor Angela Quintero /
Official webpage (coordinator):
Description: The overall aim of the project is to develop novel, cost-effective, high-performance, lightweight polymer matrix composite materials with a step-change improvement in fire behaviour. FIRE-RESIST will achieve this by carefully targeted research in five key areas:
1. Multi-micro-layered structural materials that are designed to delaminate extensively when exposed to heat, thereby generating a multiplicity of internal interfaces that provide a fire barrier of exceptionally low thermal conductivity.
2. Hybrid thermoset composites that are polymeric at normal temperature, but which decompose under fire to provide highly protective ceramic char phases.
3. High char polymer matrix composites derived from naturally occurring furan and cork.
4. The commingling of particle-doped polymer fibres and conventional fibre reinforcements as a highly efficient means of dispersing fire retarding particles within a polymer composite.
5. Advanced multi-scale simulation of polymer matrix composites in fire through the use of a fire degradation material model in conjunction with coupled computational fluid dynamics and structural finite element analysis as a tool for research, development and design.
R-Tech Specific Role: Scenario development, based on a Markov chain, to analyse the possible development of the innovative FIRE-RESIST material technologies in the different phases of the product development process and during initial implementation. A multi-criteria decision support tool will also be employed to prioritise and optimise the portfolio of development alternatives.
Acronym: F-Seveso
Start date: November 6, 2006
End date: August 29, 2010
Total project value: 90000
Project coordinator: EU-VRi (Olivier Salvi)
Total number of partners: 12
Contact person (name/email):;
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Fire protective equipment
Description: According to the call for tender and to cover the objectives of the study recalled here above, EU-VRi propose to perform a study which will be based on the following steps:
• Selection of a representative sample of Member States and industrial sectors to analyse the implementation of the requirement imposed on operators of Seveso II establishments ;
• Survey with focused and targeted questionnaires, using web-based tools, telephone and face-to-face interviews ;
• Analysis of the answers to determine improvements and recommendations that will be review and assessed by a Steering Group composed by the Commission Services and some key stakeholders.

The content of the study is organised in 5 work packages, described hereunder.
WP1: Analysis and selection of industrial sectors to perform the detailed assessment (LEIA)
WP2: Assessment of implementation of Seveso II Directive (EU-VRi)
WP3: Detail analysis of the responses and conclusions of the survey (INERIS)
WP4: Infrastructure for dialog with stakeholders – IT support (R-TECH)
WP5: Management and coordination (EU-VRi)
Acronym: HELM
Start date: June 1, 2012
End date: May 31, 2016
Total project value: ~ 10.3 Million €
Project coordinator: Warrant Group
Total number of partners: 19
Contact person (name/email):
a) Electric field distribution of the transverse-magnetic in the axial cross section mode of an empty cavity. b) Same case as shown in a), but taking into account the dielectric permittivity.
Description: Lightweight ceramics and fibre reinforced ceramic composites, such as non-oxide Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) and Expanded Graphite (EG), represent very promising solutions for high temperature applications in strategic industrial sectors, such as transport and energy. In fact, these materials are one of topical priorities of the European Technology Platform EuMAT and a strategic issue of the EC Research Roadmap on Materials. Huge market opportunities are expected for CMC and EG provided to overcome the three major identified gaps: high cost, difficulty of processing and materials reliability. New and more efficient manufacturing technologies can pave the way to improve material quality, reduce processing time, converge towards near-net shape fabrication, trim energy spent and abate production costs. HELM will address these challenges by proposing innovative high-frequency electromagnetic, microwaves (MW) and radiofrequencies (RF), heating technologies for integrating and, in the long term, replacing standard thermal processing routes, i.e.: Chemical Vapour Infiltration (CVI), Liquid Silicon Infiltration (LSI), Polymer Impregnation and Pyrolysis (PIP), and Graphite Exfoliation (GE). MW/RF heating owns peculiar features (rapid selective bulk heating, reversed thermal gradients, more homogeneous heat distribution) that will enhance materials performance. It can bring 60% processing time reduction (or even higher), with subsequent trimming of production costs, and cut of energy consumption up to 50-60%. HELM RTD activities involve some of the principal European experts in the field, including research institutes, innovative SMEs, and end-users for industrial validation. A full product assessment, including energy and cost evaluations, will be performed through proper Life Cycle Assessment and thermo-economical analysis. A risk assessment and management plan is included to mitigate innovation related risks and reduce the time to market of the new solutions.
R-Tech Specific Role: Development of Risk Assessment addressing the risks pertinent to HELM project such as risk of "open innovation", i.e. risks of obtaining the desired result in terms of processing of ceramic matrix
composites and graphite expansion under selected/given starting conditions,
• risks related to uncertainties in material characteristics (cf. ISO/IEC 17025, both the characteristics in the
moment of obtaining the material and along its life cycle) and
• risks related to long-term impacts, including the both the HSE and socio-economical impacts as required by the
new EU directives.
Acronym: iCSR
Start date: October 18, 2006
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
The overall CSR framework
Description: This course, in collaboration with Steinbeis Advanced Risk-Technologies (R-Tech), is offered at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) every winter semester.

Due to the introduction and the increasing development of new technologies (e.g. Nanotechnologies, LNG Regasification, Terahertz technologies, CCS, hydrogen, CO2…), technological aspects which could lead to new "emerging risks", in addition to the economical, social and environmental aspects of "classical" CSR strategies, are being more and more taken in account.

The wish to stress these additional aspects is reflected in the title of this course – Emerging Risks and integrated Corporate Social Responsibility - which is understood as an introduction to the emerging risks issue and a widening of the traditional CSR concept.

Main focuses of the lecture:

• Key elements of the (i)CSR and how these elements function as an integrated system
• Key elements of the Emerging Risks and integrated Risks management / Risks governance
• Practical embededdness of (i)CSR into corporate and/or country business strategy and daily practice (CSR methodologies and tools)
• The technology related aspects as a part of modern practices in industry
• Analysis / comparison of the practices in the EU, US and other countries
• Data and information on relevant case studies from key industries and references to main sources of data and information
• Student projects using interactive and online-materials (e.g. online-based surveys, EU-Project-related research, excursions to companies and national and international institutions
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech is involved in providing the technical platform (i.e. relevant tools / applications such as survey tool, RiskEars, Risk Atlas, etc.) for allowing the students to gain hands-on experience with their course-related project work.

Acronym: ImprESS
Start date: October 1, 2017
End date: October 14, 2020
Total project value: 1000000
Project coordinator: University Educons
Total number of partners: 11
Contact person (name/email):,
Official webpage (coordinator):
ImprESS project logo
Description: The academic education capacity in the countries in the process of joining the EU should be improved by means of enhancing the capacity building in the field of academic and professional education in the area of Safety & Security. The area is currently of a great interest and importance for Europe. The countries on the way of accession are playing a crucial role in this case, as the possible safety & security threats for the EU can easily have their ’’weak point’’ and/or ’’gateway’’ exactly in these countries (e.g. the terrorists misusing the ’’Balkan refugee route’’). On the other hand, the organizational and infrastructural capacity of these countries is often not well aligned with the one in the EU and one of the main reason for this lack of alignment is often the sub-optimal academic and professional educational capacity of these countries, in the area of safety & security.

The ImprESS project intends to improve exactly this in the following way: by means of strategic partnership (’’knowledge alliance’’) it will set up the model (WP2) for improving the educational capacity in the area of ’’sector skill alliance’’ for Safety & Security (SSASS). Based on this model a sample educational infrastructure (curriculum, modules, courses, academic and para-academic educational activities) will be established and implemented in Serbia (WP3). Once established, the infrastructure will be used to improve the current educational capacity of 5 participating universities in Serbia (WP4). The improved capacities at 5 Serbian universities, together with those at the supporting EU academic education institutes will be integrated into Regional Center for Training & Education in area of Safety & Security (TESS) (WP5). The Center will also integrate the particular high speed/ high-capacity computer support for the simulation exercises needed for the advanced training and include the most advanced techniques & technologies in the area (agent-based modelling, data mining, web semantics, image processing, AI, interactive visualization, etc.). The experiences and the results of the project will be published as a model for possible improvement in other countries (e.g. the other non-EU counties, strongly linked to the Safety & Security issues in the EU). The consortium includes 2 Serbian private universities, 3 public universities and leading universities in the field in Europe (Germany, Italy and Poland).

The project will have profound impact not only on the Serbian educational infrastructure but also on the overall safety/security situation and infrastructures ensuring it. This will be achieved (WP6) primarily through:

a) alignment with the EU practices and

b) including the most advanced state-of-the-art studies.

The project will also have an impact on the ’’EU side’’: the participating European institutions will have the unique opportunity to gain and learn from first-hand experience with safety & security education-related issues in the countries beyond EU borders. This will happen with the active support from four European universities.
Acronym: InfraStress
Start date: June 1, 2019
End date: September 30, 2021
Project coordinator: Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.
Total number of partners: 27
Contact person (name/email):
Description: Disruptions in the operation of our countries’ critical infrastructure may result from many kinds of hazards and physical and/or cyber-attacks on installations and their interconnected systems. Recent events demonstrate the increase of combined physical and cyber-attacks due to their interdependencies. A comprehensive, yet installation-specific, approach is needed to secure existing or future, public or private, connected and interdependent installations, plants and systems. Budgetary constraints on both the public and private sectors mean that new security solutions must be more accurate, efficient and cost-effective, and possibly more automated than the ones currently available.
Call: H2020-SU-INFRA-2018-2019-2020 - Topic: SU-INFRA-01-2018 ‘Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of combined physical and cyber threats to critical infrastructure in Europe’ - Focus: Sensitive Industrial Plants and Sites
R-Tech Specific Role: Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic is the Scientific Manager of the project.
Steinbeis EU-VRi is involved as the WP3 leader in developing and implementing the InfraStress methodology for C/P protection of resilient sensitive industrial plants and sites (SIPS). Additionally, EU-VRi leads the task involving building and managing Stakeholders' communities and relationships.
T6.1 leader: Resilience indicators for industrial sensitive sites and plants
T7.1 leader: Stress-test services
Acronym: iNTeg-Risk
Start date: December 1, 2008
End date: May 31, 2013
Total project value: ~ 19.3 million €
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EEIG (EU-VRi), Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 85
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Alkesandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
The example shows a critical vulnerability-hazard pair (nuclear power plant Fukushima and epicenter of an earthquake) in RiskAtlas
Description: iNTeg-Risk (Early Recognition, Monitoring, and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks) is a project that responds to the call of offer from the FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) in the area of “Nano-sciences, Nano-technologies, Materials and new Production Technologies”. iNTeg-Risk coordinates research and development sub-projects related to new materials and technologies for establishing a common EU approach to face the challenge of emerging risks within the next 15 years.The main goal of iNTeg-Risk – Project is to establish a holistic approach for facing the challenge of emerging risks, due to new materials and technologies, within the next 15 years.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech is actively involved and plays an important role in the technical development of tools / applications for improving early recognition and monitoring of emerging risks (e.g. RiskEars, Risk Atlas, etc.). R-Tech has main tasks attributed to WP1.6: Integration on the level of ERRAs, WP2.4: KPI : Agreed Method on how to build iNTeg-Risk KPIs, WP3.4: I3: Integrative ERRA #3: Industrial zone of Pančevo-South, WP3.5: Convert the ERRAs in a network of virtual reference facilities (ENISFER), WP3.7: Interactions with One-stop-shop and the ERMF, WP4.4: Decision Support System for emerging risks based on KPIs (DSS-KPI), WP4.9: Workshop Agreements CEN, WP4.10: iNTeg-Risk Training, Technology Transfer, Education & Qualification in the area of Emerging Risks, WP5.2: Creation of the common IT infrastructure for project management, collaborative tools, reporting, web-based conferences, Quality Management, and WP5.4: Ensuring sustainability of iNTeg-Risk results and commercial exploitation after the project.

Acronym: iRiS-Petro
Start date: June 11, 2013
End date: December 20, 2015
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Description: The software is primarily based on the Risk Based Inspection (RBI) methodologies according to API581:2000/2008 and RIMAP, and is used to perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessment on an equipment/component/sub-component level, and for planning and optimizing inspections. The software was developed during the course of the RiskNIS project. It also incorporates RCM and NDT modules. The link to the demo version of the software is provided below.

Acronym: KMM-VIN
Start date: June 1, 2006
Project coordinator: M. Basista
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Michal Basista,
Official webpage (coordinator):
Description: The aim of KMM-VIN is to foster the creation of a powerful platform for research and development and industrial application of advanced multifunctional materials in order that Europe may become a global power in this field, thus contributing to enhancing the quality of life of European society.
R-Tech Specific Role: Organizational assistance for the implementation of the project
Acronym: MATRANS
Start date: February 1, 2010
End date: January 31, 2013
Total project value: ~ 4.9 Million €
Project coordinator: European Virtual Institute on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials AISBL (KMM-VIN), Prof. Michal Basista
Total number of partners: 10
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic (
Official webpage (coordinator):
Demostrators developed with the Novel Metal-Ceramic Functionally Graded Materials (FGMs).
Description: MATRANS aims at development of novel metal-ceramic functionally graded materials (FGMs) for aerospace and automotive applications in: (i) exhaust and propulsion systems, (ii) power transmission systems, and (iii) braking systems, with the main objective to enhance the mechanical properties of these
materials through spatial variations of material composition and microstructure. Specifically, MATRANS deals with two groups of bulk FGMs: (i) ceramics-copper/copper alloys, (ii) ceramics-intermetallics.
These FGM systems have not yet been used in the transport sectors targeted. The MATRANS methodology is problem-oriented and comprehensive combining interrelated activities of material processing (core activity of the project), characterisation, modelling and demonstration.
The processing will encompass starting materials (e.g. nanopowders) and the resulting FGMs. Characterisation of the FGMs will include detailed description of microstructure, measurements of physical and mechanical properties and residual stresses. The modelling will be carried out at a design phase and for the material response to combined thermomechanical loading and extreme service conditions. Extensive use of multiscale approaches and numerical methods will be made. The project addresses the joint design of the FGM and the structural component it is intended for. Economical and ecological aspects of processing are included. Risks aspects of material non-performance will be tackled, too. MATRANS has mobilized a critical mass of interdisciplinary expertise and highly specialized equipment. The consortium includes leading groups from materials science, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering and computer science.
The industry and SME involvement in the project is substantial. As the exploitation measures, the industrial partners will define business plans and start pilot cases during the project, followed by upscaling activities after the project end.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech is developing the modelling of uncertainties in FGM production (what can cause the aberration from the target characteristics) and characterization (how much the measured properties meet the target ones and what is the uncertainty in the results of characterization).
R-Tech also deals with the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a methodology for assessing the environmental aspects associated with brake disk demonstrator.

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MOL Renewal 2013
Acronym: MOL Renewal 2013
Start date: September 1, 2004
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH
Contact person (name/email): Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Moll rafinery
Description: Maintenance and upgrade services for licensed RBI software.
Continuation of the work in the projects 10016 MO and 10076 MOL Renewal 2008 (STZ 592).
Acronym: M-RECT
Start date: April 15, 2010
End date: April 14, 2014
Total project value: ~ 6.8 million €
Project coordinator: Victrex Manufacturing Ltd
Total number of partners: 20
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator): Victrex []
SILICOMB RP honeycombs
Description: The M-RECT project aims to create multiscale-reinforced semi-crystalline thermoplastics (PEEK and PPS), which will outperform all reinforced polymers in terms of strength, stiffness, creep and mainly damping by upscaling and further developing state of the art production methods, within cost-efficient manufacturing routes. The envisaged multiscale reinforcement will comprise of dispersed straightened and aligned to polymer molecules multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and also fully impregnated, long carbon fibres (CF).
R-Tech Specific Role: The main task of R-Tech in M-RECT project is related to a sensitivity and risk analysis. R-Tech will develop web based tools for the assessment of the risks of non-performance failure specifically for the new materials developed in the project.
Acronym: MUST
Start date: June 1, 2008
End date: September 30, 2012
Total project value: ~ 10.5 Million €
Project coordinator: EADS Deutschland GmbH
Total number of partners: 19
Contact person (name/email): mustrisk-technologies,com
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Example for the simulation of self healing action
Description: The destructive effect of environment and the corrosion induced degradation are the important problems which determine the service life of a vehicle or its components. The application of organic coatings is the most common and cost effective method of improving protection and durability of metallic and plastic structures. However the degradation processes develop faster after disruption of the protective barrier. Therefore an active protection based on “self-healing” of defects in coatings is necessary to provide long-term effect. Another indispensable issue for manufacturing of future vehicles is adhesive joining of structural components. Modern structural adhesives provide high strength of the adhesive joint up to excellent crash performance. The contact of adhesively joined structures with environment containing water and other aggressive species leads to the ageing and the degradation of adhesive joints as in the case of coatings.

The main vision of the project MUST is development of new active multi-level protective systems for future vehicle materials. Products like self-healing coatings, adhesives and other composite materials will be based on “smart” release nanocontainers incorporated into the polymer matrix of current commercial products. The nanocontainer (or nanoreservoir) is a nanosized volume filled with an active substance confined in a porous core and/or a shell which prevents direct contact of the active agent with the adjacent environment. A multi-level self-healing approach will combine - within one system - several damage prevention and reparation mechanisms, which will be activated depending on type and intensity of the environmental impact.
R-Tech Specific Role: Development of computational algorithm based on the Monte-Carlo method for the simulation of the self healing action as well as other alternative models based on Discrete Particle Deposition and Intelligent Agents.
Development of methods and models for impact assessment including scenario definition methods, hazard identification methods, probability of occurrence and consequence assessment.


Start date: April 1, 2009
End date: March 31, 2013
Total project value: 12.3M€
Project coordinator: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Kai Savolainen
Total number of partners: 26
Contact person (name/email): Salvi, Olivier (
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
3D model of a en:C60 molecule, also called a "Buckyball"
Description: NANODEVICE is a research project funded by the European Commission in the context of the 7th Framework Program.
The motive of the NANODEVICE project is based on the lack of knowledge of the health effects of the widely used engineered nanoparticles (ENP) and on the shortage of field-worthy, cost-effective ways - especially in real time - for reliable assessment of exposure levels to ENP in workplace air
NANODEVICE will provide new information on the physico-chemical properties of engineered nanoparticles (ENP) and information about their toxicology. Also a novel measuring device will be developed to assess the exposure to ENP´s from workplace air. The purpose of the project is also to promote the safe use of ENP through guidance, standards and education, implementing of safety objectives in ENP production and handling, and promotion of safety related collaborations through an international nanosafety forum.

Acronym: nanoSTAIR
Start date: September 1, 2012
End date: February 28, 2014
Total project value: ~ 0.5 Million €
Project coordinator: EU-VRi (European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management), Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 8
Contact person (name/email): Mr. Olivier Salvi,
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
The nanoSTAIR process can be seen as a turbine that accelerates the preparation of new work item proposals by identifying the potential candidates, by making explicit the needs from the main stakeholders and by pooling the resources and expertise to reach the necessary critical mass.
Description: Coordination action to support standardization in the field of nano.
The overall objective of NanoSTAIR is to build a European Platform to support the transfer of knowledge and results gained through research to standard documents using the STAIR approach.
As a result, nanoSTAIR will provide a set of procedures, a tool box and a practical guideline that will be useful to bridge the gap between research and standardization in nanotechnologies. nanoSTAIR will structure and ease the development of new documentary standards, and thus enable the European nanotechnology related industry to rapidly operate according to the state of the art and thus increase its competitiveness
R-Tech Specific Role: in WP4:
R-Tech will provide the expertise and resource to set-up and operate the project website. In addition, a specific tool that enables to cluster experts and their expertise will be developed. This tool will be implemented in relation with the task 4.2 dealing with the identification of experts and topics that can be pooled together to launch new standardization work items.

Acronym: PartiCoat
Start date: November 1, 2008
End date: October 31, 2012
Total project value: ~ 6.9 million €
Project coordinator: Fraunhofer ICT, Vladislac Kolarik
Total number of partners: 14
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
This image shows different coating layers after heating for a certain time. These layers are marked by lines. By calculating the distance between this lines, the thickness of the layers can be determined.
Description: The concept of the novel approach to protection of surfaces is a coating consisting in its initial state of nano- and/or micro-scaled metal particles with a defined size, deposited by spraying, brushing, dipping or sol-gel. During the heat treatment, the binder is expelled, bonding to the substrate surface achieved, the metallic particles sinter and oxidise completely resulting in hollow oxide spheres that form a quasifoam structure. Simultaneously, a diffusion layer is formed below the coating serving as a corrosion protection layer and as a bond coat for the top layer. The structure of the coating system shall be adjusted by parameters like selection of source metal/alloy, particle size, substrate, binder and a defined heat treatment. For fire protection the formation of hollow oxide spheres will be processed in a separate step before deposition.
The flexibility of the new coatings integrates a wide field of application areas, such as gas and steam turbines in electric power generation and aero-engines, combustion chambers, boilers, steam generators and super-heaters, waste incineration, fire protection of composite materials in construction as well as reactors in chemical and petrochemical industry. A broad impact will thus be ensured increasing safety and the durability of components by an economic, multifunctional and flexible protection of their surfaces. The novelty will provide a real step change in the understanding of materials degradation mechanisms in extreme environments.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech performs the qualitative risk assessment in the project and create data base with the coating parameters. Uncertainty in material characterization and modeling and its impact to later implementation, both in regard to technical aspects as well as in regard to social aspects, is another main tasks of R-Tech.
R-Tech is developing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the new Particoat coating for a specific target application and comparing it with traditional coatings processes like Chemical Vapor Deposition and Pack Aluminizing.


Acronym: POEMA
Start date: January 1, 2013
End date: December 31, 2016
Total project value: approx. 4.6 Mil EUR
Project coordinator: Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Francisco Javier Pérez Trujillo
Total number of partners: 15
Contact person (name/email):
Description: In this project, new coatings to protect materials both from steam oxidation and fire-side corrosion employing pulverized carbon as fuel will be studied both in air and oxy-fuel combustion atmospheres. The application methods will include coating processes for nano and micro-structured coatings comprising HVOF, slurry application with new powders formulation and HIPIMS-PVD.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech contributes to the activities related to (i) characterization of materials, (ii) exploitation of new technologies in the area of life time modelling, and (iii) development of the synchronized two-side life-time model for boiler tubes, for life-time monitoring purpose.
Acronym: PROMISLingua
Start date: April 1, 2011
End date: September 30, 2013
Total project value: approx. 5.3M€
Project coordinator: INMARK, Yolanda Ursa
Total number of partners: 8
Contact person (name/email): Daniel Balos (
Official webpage (coordinator):
From bilingual corpus to multilingual tools
Description: PROMISLingua objectives are the translation, localisation and rollout of the existing PROMIS® online service (at present available in English, German and Italian) in additional five languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Greek, Romanian), in order to deliver a cost-efficient and easy-to-use Internet based service enabling SMEs to comply with Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Regulations.

The innovation of PROMIS® as highly intuitive integrated compliance management framework is raising the interest in additional countries, and substantial market demands exist already in the target countries for pilot. However, the main barriers to enter these markets are the need for translation and localisation of the broad range of PROMIS® services, and also the lack of semi-intelligent ICT tools to support structuring, filtering and optimizing data and content in a way that SMEs can communicate in their own language and get answers to their needs online ‘at a fingertip’ in the same language.

PROMISLingua will overcome language barriers and extend the existing PROMIS® service to other European markets by enhancing its multilingual dimension and providing the selected languages tools for Machine Translation and multilingual human translation in the target domains of Health and Safety. It will also provide semiautomatic structuring of content: norms and legislation (towards EU harmonisation), eLearning, expert’s knowledge and text-to-speech components. PROMISLingua will achieve its goals by bringing together 6 leading SMEs, the largest European SME Association and 1 public body to build up a PPP with the aim to contribute to the consolidation of a pan-European Digital Single Market by stimulating cross-lingual communication, collaboration and participation. High potential market perspectives for the enhanced multilingual PROMIS service and the Consortium commitment to rollout PROMISLingua into their national markets will ensure sustainability beyond the pilot phase.
R-Tech Specific Role: The main activities of R-Tech in this project are the providing of content, the translation and localization, the validation which includes the testing, and the dissemination. R-Tech will also support activities which are neccessary for the rollout in Germany.

Acronym: PSMS
Start date: May 25, 2016
End date: December 31, 2017
Total project value: ca. 1 Million Euro
Project coordinator: EU-VRi, Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 4
Contact person (name/email): Aleksandar Jovanovic
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
PSMS project will provide the means to improve the level of the current process safety culture in NIS Gazprom Neft.
Description: The project aims at the implementation of a customized, sustainable and future-oriented process safety management solution into NIS Gazprom Neft. The solution integrates the best elements of the current state-of-art world-wide practices, such as the full compatibility with the EU practices (EU directives) and the advantage of the US industrial solutions (CCPS providing guidance with the 20 Elements of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) and API providing the basis for metrics and indicators).

The PSMS project will be developed in two phases, the gap analysis phase and the implementation phase for three selected sites of the NIS Gazprom Neft in Serbia: Pančevo Refinery, Elemir Refinery and Ovča gas storage.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech will contribute to the project with its large experience in asset integrity and reliability, training and auditing. Additionally, R-Tech will bring to the project previous experiences collected in regards to risk based inspection and environmental assessment from previous projects developed with NIS Gazprom Neft.
Acronym: RBIF-EN
Start date: October 1, 2012
End date: October 1, 2015
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies, F. A. Quintero
Total number of partners: 16
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Status of inspections practices followed in various european countries.
Description: The main objective of RBIF-EN project is to support the development of an European Standard (EN) for Risk Based Inspection and Maintenance (RBIM) during the in-service activities which are still not harmonized throughout the EU.The future development of the European Standard (EN) is based on the frame of the CWA (CEN Workshop Agreement) 15740:2008 which specifies the essential elements for risk based assessment of industrial assets according to the RIMAP (Risk-based Inspection and Maintenance Procedures for European Industry) approach.
R-Tech Specific Role: The main tasks of R-Tech in this project are to coordinate the work, manage the contracts and provide a project management web-tool.
Acronym: RBI-GKM
Start date: May 13, 2015
End date: November 30, 2015
Total project value: 47600
Total number of partners: 1
Contact person (name/email):
Description: This Project concerns the pilot application of Level 1 and Level 2 Qualitative Risk Assessment at Grosskraftwerk Mannheim, on a limited number of components, to show the feasibility of applying RBI in the power industry in Germany. Part of the project will involve the adaptation and customization of exiting qualitative RBI procedures in accordance with the client's needs, and the applicable German codes of practice and regulations.
R-Tech Specific Role: Technical work related to performing Level 1 and Level 2 qualitative risk assessment on the defined systems and components.
Acronym: ResiStand
Start date: May 1, 2016
End date: April 30, 2018
Total project value: ca. 2 million Euro
Project coordinator: Geowise Oy, Mr. Pertti Woitsch
Total number of partners: 14
Contact person (name/email):
Official webpage (coordinator):
ResiStand Stakeholder Communites
Description: Standardisation is a powerful tool to achieve better interoperability. However, it needs to overcome a lack of interest and modest participation from stakeholders. Also, promising research results are not always used as the basis for new standards.
The overall goal of ResiStand is to find new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and individual Member States through standardisation. ResiStand contributes to an improved disaster resilience by identifying and analysing the drivers, constraints and expectations of three main stakeholder communities: Standardisation Organisations, End-Users and Suppliers, consisting of researchers, industry and SMEs. Based on this information, gaps in standardisation are identified and a prioritised roadmap for new initiatives will be created. The roadmap will be complemented by a critical evaluation of standards as a tool to improve disaster resilience. ResiStand aims at implementing a pre-standardisation process that supports the development of standards. The feasibility of the process will be tested by developing a new work item. The aim is that stakeholders will continuously utilize this “ResiStand Process” in the future, and that the project delivers a better understanding of the potential of standards for contributing to an improved disaster resilience.
ResiStand will support the management of increasing threats to society such as armed conflicts, terrorism, pandemics and natural disasters, which have increasingly cross-border, even global consequences due to the on-going globalisation. Protection of citizens through anticipation, preparedness, response and adaptation to crisis situations – i.e. maintaining
disaster resilience – will be more efficient. Collaboration between national, European and international stakeholders will be improved by unified processes and management systems as well as by technical, procedural, operational and semantic interoperability.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech is contributing to:
WP2 on Cross-sectorial screening and identification of resilience-relevant standards
WP3 on Identification of standardisation needs and requirements
WP4 on Identification of standardisation opportunities
WP5 on Preparation and roadmapping for standardisation activities
Acronym: RiskNIS
Start date: August 1, 2008
Total project value: ~ 2342k€
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Advanced Risk-Technologies, Aleksandar, S. Jovanovic
Total number of partners: 2
Contact person (name/email): Aleksandar Jovanovic,
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
RBI, RCM, RCFA and HSE/HSSE systems help to assure safe, economical and, hence, competitive operation
Description: The collaboration between NIS a.d and R-Tech in the area of Asset Management / Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) has started in the first half of 2005 with the Pilot project aimed to provide the baseline needed for introduction of risk-based methods in inspection and maintenance, and risk management in NIS a.d. refineries and other operating units.

Based on the results of the Pilot project, the collaboration continued with the project Risk management and use of risk-based approaches in inspection, maintenance and HSE in NIS a.d. plants (RiskNIS). The objectives of the project are to establish and implement an up-to-date asset management system which will allow mastering a cost effective maintenance, will be auditable to any regulatory inspections, and will ensure safety and reliability operation of present static and rotating equipment, as well as safety systems.

The project covers following services:
• Feasibility study, with the aim to determine basis for risk management implementation
• Implementation of RBI, RCM and RCFA, including software Licensing, analyses
• Implementation of HSE, HAZOP and Seveso II Directive
• Training of NIS a.d. in RBI, RCM/RCFA and HSE/HAZOP/Seveso II and covering certification as well.

These tasks are to be realized gradually, throughout three work packages (next to be ordered after acceptance of the results from the previous package):
• transfer of basic technologies and know-how for risk-based approaches in inspection and maintenance and HSE / HAZOP / Seveso II analysis
• implementation package
• full coverage package including analysis for all identified equipment of NIS.

Results achieved up to the moment include:

• RBI / RCM analyses for selected units in 2 oil refineries and 1 complete gas refinery (25 % of all equipment)
• HSE analysis for one complete unit of Pancevo Refinery and corresponding safety report according to the requirements of Seveso II directive [96/82/EC].
• training and education of employees on different organizational and professional levels (400+ participation).
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech runs the project completely.



Acronym: RiskRadarChina
Start date: April 1, 2015
End date: May 31, 2018
Total project value: 100000
Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. A. Jovanovic
Contact person (name/email): Vanessa Pfau,
Description: The project aims to establish the Chinese infrastructure for the system for early identification, monitoring and assessment of emerging and existing risks in China, primarily those of interest for BJAST and BMILP.
Subject detail:
1. Research & development of Emerging Risk Radar China (ERRC)
2. Training of Chinese ERRC-users in China
3. Opening the Chinese www-site on ERRC
4. Stay of 1 Chinese expert in Germany
5. Collection and compiling the main list of “Chinese Risks” (Target: 30 main risks in the first year; examples: underground, infrastructure, piping,…)
6. Reporting: (a) report of the first year; (b) report news (“Chinese Risk Radar e.g. quarterly, 2 pages)
7. Final Workshop (Technical and scientific assistance by EU-VRi, with support from its members)
Acronym: RiskROM
Start date: June 25, 2012
End date: October 25, 2012
Total project value: approx. 35k€
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH
Total number of partners: 1
Contact person (name/email): Aleksandar Jovanvoc,
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: not available
Official webpage (coordinator):
The participants of the training showed big interest for damage factors affecting probability of failure (September 19-21, 2012 Timisoara)
Description: Course in Industrial Risk Management aims to develop future trainers’ skills for participants selected by the customer (ISIM). The course includes 4 modules to be executed in 8 days in row (September 12 - 21, 2012):
Module I:
I-1: The ISO 31000 Standard: Risk management - Principles and guidelines
I-2: API RBI (Risk based Inspection) concepts in Industry
Module II: Probability and Consequence of Failure for equipments
Module III: Determination of probability of failure in an API RBI assessment - Damage Factors
Module IV:
IV-1: Consequence Analysis In an API RBI Assessment
IV-2: CEN Agreement CWA 15740 RIMAP (Risk-Based INSPECTION and Maintenance Procedures for European Industry) - The Basics
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech provides the service "Training in the field of Industrial Risk Management"
Acronym: SafeChina
Start date: September 9, 2010
End date: February 28, 2013
Total project value: 409820
Project coordinator: Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advaced Risk Technologies
Total number of partners: 19
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
First SafeChina course took place in March 2011
Description: The target of the SafeChina project is to setup up an education and qualification system for HSE engineers and HSE professionals in China in order to enhance their understanding of requirements of EU standards and regulations in the field of risk management and improve their skills to implement these requirements in Chinese companies and governmental bodies/authorities.

The three pillars of the SafeChina project are:
• a set of courses in the area of industrial safety combined with
• a system of on-the-job training in EU/Germany and China and
• HSE certifications scheme according to the EU requirements.

Within the framework of this project, curricula of the specific courses will be elaborated, and the educational “infrastructure” created in Germany and China. The educational structure in China will be organized by the Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection BMILP and Capital University of Economics and Business, School of Safety and Environment Engineering, as the main Steinbeis strategic partners in China. There, further educational measures for the improvement of industrial safety and environmental protection in China shall be continued and further developed.

The project progress indicators are set by the contract as:
• a minimum 10 of 5-day courses dedicated to the risk and environment management and based on the needs of Chinese companies
• a minimum of 200 course participants among which about 100 will gain HSE certificates as the Risk Professionals and 20 as Risk Assessors and Risk Examiners
• as minimum of 20 participants will be entitled to participate on-the-job training in the German/EU companies (one-week and/or four-weeks staying).

To ensure sustainability of the project, special focus will be given on establishment of education structure in China for a long-term continuation of the new HSE education for which
• a minimum 5 Chinese trainers will be trained to continue SafeChina courses and
• the education measures to continue SafeChina courses will be implemented by the local partners in China.
R-Tech Specific Role: Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advanced Risk Technologies, as a main contractor, executes to project, coordinate and manage all project activities, including contacts with all project partners.
Start date: May 1, 2012
End date: April 30, 2015
Total project value: ~ 3.7 Million €
Project coordinator: TECNALIA
Total number of partners: 14
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
General overview of the Lyfe Cicle of the MNMs in the construction sector
Description: Manufactured nanomaterials and nanocomposites are being considered for various uses in the construction industry and related infrastructure industries, not only for enhancing material properties and functions but also in the context of energy conservation.
Despite the current relatively high cost of nano-enabled products, their use in construction materials is likely to increase because of highly valuable properties imparted at relatively low additive ratios, rapid development of new applications and decreasing cost of base MNMs as they are produced in larger quantities1,2.
Recent studies suggested that workers handling with nano‐products mostly worked with cement or concrete products, coatings or insulation materials. Other product types, including road‐pavement products, flame retardant materials or textiles, were only indicated by some 3 . However, a survey developed by FIEC and EFBWW (2009) showed that the majority of construction workers and their employers (~75%) are not aware that they work with nano-products (Figure 1).
Occupational exposure to these emerging risks may be accidentally or incidentally produced at different stages of the construction industry life cycle (Figure3). Due to the novelty, these same nano-products might pose new health and safety risks to the worker on‐site, which scientists are only just starting to understand. Detailed information about the product composition and their possible nano‐specific health and safety issues though, is generally lacking and the information available to the raw material manufacturer is often lost while stepping down the user chain. As a consequence, for the average construction company it will be very difficult to conduct a proper risk assessment and organize a safe workplace for its employees.
Despite the potential risks, the use of nano‐products in the construction industry is a reality and can be expected to grow in the near future (Technology is always working ahead of risk). Consequently, there is a general uncertainty with respect to health and safety risks and how to properly manage them to protect workers and be in compliance with OHS legislation.
R-Tech Specific Role: Website, participation to delphi workshops als moderator

Acronym: SmartResilience
Start date: May 1, 2016
End date: April 30, 2019
Total project value: ca. 5 million Euro
Project coordinator: EU-VRi
Total number of partners: 20
Contact person (name/email):
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Resilience Cube
Description: Modern critical infrastructures are becoming increasingly “smarter” (e.g. cities). Making the infrastructures “smarter” usually means making them smarter in normal operation and use: more adaptive, more intelligent… But will these smart critical infrastructures (SCIs) behave equally “smartly” and be “smartly resilient” also when exposed to extreme threats, such as extreme weather disasters or terrorist attacks? If making existing infrastructure “smarter” is achieved by making it more complex, would it also make it more vulnerable? Would this affect resilience of an SCI as its ability to anticipate, prepare for, adapt and withstand, respond to, and recover? These are the main questions tackled by this proposal.
The project envisages answering the above questions in several steps. (#1) By identifying existing indicators suitable for assessing resilience of SCIs. (#2) By identifying new “smart” resilience indicators (RIs) – including those from Big Data. (#3) By developing a new advanced resilience assessment methodology (TRL4) based on smart RIs (“resilience indicators cube”, including the resilience matrix). (#4) By developing the interactive “SCI Dashboard” tool. (#5) By applying the methodology/ tools in 8 case studies, integrated under one virtual, smart-city-like, European case study. The SCIs considered (in 8 European countries!) deal with energy, transportation, health, water… Results #2, #3, #4 and #5 are a breakthrough innovation. This approach will allow benchmarking the best-practice solutions and identifying the early warnings, improving resilience of SCIs against new threats and cascading and ripple effects. The benefits/savings to be achieved by the project will be assessed by the reinsurance company participant. The consortium involves 7 leading end-users/industries in the area, 7 leading research organizations, supported by academia and lead by a dedicated European organization. External world leading resilience experts will be included in the CIRAB.
Acronym: SmartResilience
Start date: May 1, 2016
End date: April 30, 2019
Total project value: ~ 5 Million €
Project coordinator: EU-VRi
Total number of partners: 20
Contact person (name/email): Prof Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Resilience Cube
Description: Modern critical infrastructures are becoming increasingly “smarter” (e.g. cities). Making the infrastructures “smarter” usually means making them smarter in normal operation and use: more adaptive, more intelligent… But will these smart critical infrastructures (SCIs) behave equally “smartly” and be “smartly resilient” also when exposed to extreme threats, such as extreme weather disasters or terrorist attacks? If making existing infrastructure “smarter” is achieved by making it more complex, would it also make it more vulnerable? Would this affect resilience of an SCI as its ability to anticipate, prepare for, adapt and withstand, respond to, and recover? These are the main questions tackled by this proposal.
The project envisages answering the above questions in several steps. (#1) By identifying existing indicators suitable for assessing resilience of SCIs. (#2) By identifying new “smart” resilience indicators (RIs) – including those from Big Data. (#3) By developing a new advanced resilience assessment methodology (TRL4) based on smart RIs (“resilience indicators cube”, including the resilience matrix). (#4) By developing the interactive “SCI Dashboard” tool. (#5) By applying the methodology/ tools in 8 case studies, integrated under one virtual, smart-city-like, European case study. The SCIs considered (in 8 European countries!) deal with energy, transportation, health, water… Results #2, #3, #4 and #5 are a breakthrough innovation.
This approach will allow benchmarking the best-practice solutions and identifying the early warnings, improving resilience of SCIs against new threats and cascading and ripple effects. The benefits/savings to be achieved by the project will be assessed by the reinsurance company participant. The consortium involves 7 leading end-users/industries in the area, 7 leading research organizations, supported by academia and lead by a dedicated European organization. External world leading resilience experts will be included in the CIRAB.
R-Tech Specific Role: R-Tech contributes to:
WP1 on Establishing the project baseline and the common framework
WP2 on Challenges and interdependencies of Smart City Infrastructures (SCIs)
WP3 on The SmartResilience Indicator-based methodology for assessing, predicting & monitoring the resilience of SCIs for optimized multi-criteria decision making
WP4 on Defining classic and deriving smart Resilience Indicators (RIs)
WP5 on SCI-Resilience: Application in Smart City Case Studies
WP6 on Dissemination and Exploitation
Acronym: ZEvA
Start date: May 26, 2015
End date: May 31, 2016
Project coordinator: Mr. Simon Zimmer
Total number of partners: 2
Contact person (name/email): Simon Zimmer /
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi:
Official webpage (coordinator):
Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA)
Description: Part of our commitment to the highest quality standards goes through the external assessment of our study programs. Furthermore, the accreditation ensures the international recognition of the earned degrees.

This project is related to the accreditation of:

-Master of Risk Engineering and Management (M.Eng. II-1)
-Master of International Business and Risk Engineering (M.Eng. II-2)
-Master of Business Administration (MBA)
R-Tech Specific Role: As the main stakeholder involved, R-Tech has performed the overall management of the project as well as produced the required input.
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