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  • 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)



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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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