More than 50% of bridges in European cities are older than 40 years. Bridges in cities are often key objects and landmarks of the urban architecture and are a vital part of a city's infrastructure. Bridge owners and managers are currently dealing with a large number of structurally deficient, obsolete bridges. The need to maintain, renew, strengthen and upgrade this part of the infrastructure will increase dramatically in the near future.
PANTURA has bridges as its focal point. It is, however, important to stress that the approach proposed here can be applied to all infrastructure projects. The aims are to improve highly flexible off-site production processes, create resource-efficient construction sites, improve technologies and tools for bridge construction, repair and renovation in densely populated areas and enhance communication between stakeholders, local authorities and construction companies.
PANTURA is a research project that is co-financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programma for Research and Technological Development. This website is the retrieval mechanism for all public information about the project. It gives a description of the research work and the partners and stakeholders involved. In the course of the project also research results will be published. The final results will be available in 2014.