Facts & Figures

  • Full name: Enhanced Large scale Architecture with Safety and Security Technologies and special Information Capabilities
  • Acronym: ELASSTIC
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Start date: 1 May 2013
  • Total budget: 5.29 M€
  • EC Funding: 3.47 M€

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Today, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas and according to the United Nations, by 2050 that number is expected to rise up to 2/3 of the global population. The growing world population, the on going urbanization, the ever-increasing size, height and complexity of large scale built infrastructure leads to higher risks with respect to natural and manmade threats. And, in case of a real incident, this leads to more casualties, injured people and damage.

The most striking incident in the past decade was the terroristic attack on the twin towers in New York on September 11th 2001. The impact of the passenger jets destroyed large parts of the structural elements, but not enough to cause a direct collapse. The following intense fire caused the gradual loss of strength and stiffness of the steel support system, resulting in a catastrophic failure of the entire structure with a large number of casualties, including firemen and first responders who went into the building to rescue occupants.
Other examples directly related to urban built areas are the attacks in and around Oslo (2011), at the central train station in Madrid (2004), the subway in London (2005) and in the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok (2011).

Another striking incident is the Earthquake and tsunami that hit the North East coast of Japan in March 2011. Other natural disasters are the earthquakes in Christchurch (2011) and in East Turkey (2011), the winter storm “Xynthia” at the western coast of Europe (2010), the fire rages through the Athens suburbs (2009) and the L’Aquila earthquake in central Italy (2009).

All these examples show the massive amount of damage and disruption caused by these disasters.

Evidently, there is a need for a comprehensive approach for improvement of the security and resilience of large scale complex infrastructures in order to safeguard the infrastructure and its occupants during its entire life-cycle, including regular operational processes as well as exceptional crisis situations.

Figure 1: Collapse of the WTC (New York, 2001)        Figure 2: Damage after fire in mall (Bangkok, 2011)



The overall objective of the ELASSTIC project is to improve the security and resilience of large scale multifunctional building complexes to natural and man-made disasters by providing a methodology and tools which enable to include security and resilience from the early design and planning phase of such projects.

Ideally, safety, security and resilience are already included at the planning and design phase of large scale multifunctional complex infrastructures. In ELASSTIC, the approach for this purpose is developed and integrated in close cooperation with key players in planning, design, building and management of large building complexes.

The proposed concept of the ELASSTIC project, which is presented in Figure 2, is based upon the following key features:

  • A comprehensive approach for designing safe, secure and resilient large scale built infrastructures
  • Extended BIM technology (BIM+), i.e. Building Information Modelling program including a set of tools to enable architects, structural engineers and building services engineers to assess the safety, security and resilience of designs (see Figure 2 below)
  • Smart and reinforced building elements
  • Coupling and integration of BIM and BMS
  • Real time information on the safety, security and resilience of infrastructure for a smart evacuation system
  • Validation of the design approach, BIM+, BMS+, supportive tools, technologies and elements by making a 3D blueprint (design) of a multi-functional, large scale urban complex (the ELASSTIC-complex)
  • Recommendations for a regulatory framework


Project structure

The organization structure of the project is displayed in the picture below. Next to the project management the interaction between the project partners and the external stakeholders are very important. For this an Technical Advisory Group is established within the scope of the project.

This project is divided into 6 work packages. Each work package is broken down into tasks that are described in greater detail in the work package description.

General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) consists of one representative from each beneficiary and will be established for the purpose of high-level decision-making. Meeting at six monthly intervals, this General Assembly will discuss and decide on overall project management issues and strategic issues.

Techncial Advisory Group

The Techncial Advisory Group has the following roles:
• Provide input on the requirements of the complex
• Reflecting on project results from a technical & implementation point of view;
• Advising the consortium in refining research, dissemination and/or exploitation activities based on project findings and results;

Executive Board

The Executive Board (EB) consists of the Coordinator (chair person) and the work package leaders to monitor the technical progress, planning of research activities and deliverables.







BIM (Building Information Modelling): “BIM is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. Typically it uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction. The process produces the Building Information Model which encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components*”

*Chuck Eastman is one of the Founders of BIM

BIM consists of two components:

1) Three dimensional graphical presentation
2) Linked database in which relevant data such as properties, relations, maintenance status etc. are fixed.




BMS (Building Management System): Building managament systems integrate different kinds of disciplines (HVAC control, light and blind control, subsystems…) coordinated by a unified management level. One of the major benefits of the direct digital control system within a complex building (which contains many different zones) is the availability of building data.*








ELASSTIC Project Finalized
Final ELASSTIC Workshop


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 312632 

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