Progress



  • 3rd Project Monitoring Meeting

    Boecillo, February 20th 2017 - More..

  • 8th Project Coordination Meeting

    Audioconference, February 15th 2017 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS Project presentation in IETcc Advanced Courses, 2016 edition

    Madrid, 23/11/2016 - More..

  • 7th Project Coordination Meeting

    Madrid, October 14th 2016 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS and CEDEX networking meeting

    Madrid, september 30th 2016 On September 2016 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS Newsletter - Issue 5

    PDF Document Access Document -- June 2016

  • LIFE HUELLAS paper on Transportation Research Procedia - Open Access

    PDF Document Access Document -- June 2016

  • 6th Coordination Meeting

    Barakaldo, May 30th 2016 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS supports OpenDAP

    February 26th, 2016 - More..

  • 2nd Project Monitoring Meeting

    Boecillo, February 2nd 2016 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS Newsletter - Issue 4

    PDF Document Access Document -- January 2016

  • 5th LIFE HUELLAS project Coordination Meeting at VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES offices

    Madrid, October 28th 2015 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS Newsletter - Issue 3

    PDF Document Access Document -- July 2015

  • LIFE HUELLAS Press release, Number 2

    Acceso Documento PDF Document -- July 1st 2015

  • Business logic

    April 30th 2015 - More..

  • Advisory Board meeting of LIFE HUELLAS project at ADIF's Center for Railway Technology, in Málaga

    Málaga, April 15th 2015 - More..

  • Selected the construction sites for demo phase

    January 31st 2015 - More..

  • Project process modeling methodology

    January 31st 2015 - More..

  • Validation methods

    January 31st 2015 - More..

  • Evaluation methodologies

    January 7th 2015 - More..

  • Multicriteria knowledge base is ready

    January 7th 2015 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS Newsletter - Issue 2

    PDF Document Access Document -- December 2014

  • Pilot test in railway construction

    December 1st 2014 - More..

  • 3rd Coordination Meeting held on November 3rd, 2104

    Granada, November 3rd 2014 - More..

  • Requirements analysis finished

    October 31st 2014 - More..

  • Mofe than 450 project units included in LIFE HUELLAS inventory

    September 30th 2014 - More..

  • Starting of the monitoring actions

    September 1st 2014 - More..

  • CO2 Databases Working Group meeting at Eduardo Torroja Institute facilities

    Madrid, July 18th 2014 - More..

  • Monitoring meeting at IK Ingenieria offices

    Barakaldo, July 3rd 2014 - More..

  • Second technical action begins

    July 1st 2014 - More..

  • LIFE EcoRAEE Networking

    June 19th 2014 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS Newsletter - Issue 1

    PDF Document Access Document -- April 2014

  • 2nd Coordination Meeting held on May 9th, 2014

    Madrid, May 9th 2014 - More..

  • First meeting of the BBDD-de-CO2 (Carbon Footprint Databases) Working Group

    Madrid, March 24th 2014 - More..

  • Creation of the Carbon Footprint Databases Technical Working Group

    Madrid, March 7th 2014 - More..

  • OECC (The Spanish Office for Climate Change) organises a workshop on projects related to Carbon Footprint calculation

    Madrid, January 17th 2014 - More..

  • LIFE HUELLAS Press release, Number 1

    Acceso Documento PDF Document -- October 21st 2013



Another monitoring meeting of LIFE HUELLAS project was held today, with the presence of all project partners. The monitoring team has reviewed project progress, both technically and financially.

The aim of the project is that railway infrastructure construction companies become more sustainable. Therefor, an application based on life-cycle assessment and Intelligent Systems is being developed. This tool provides the carbon footprint, water footprint and other environmental and social indicators of the main railway infrastructure construction project units. A good practices manual will summarise project outcomes.

In this coordination meeting, held by audio conference, LIFE HUELLAS tool functioning was reviewed with the different pilot projects introduced, both infrastructure and superstructure.

At this coordination meeting, held at VIAS offices in Madrid, possible modifications and improvements to the LIFE HUELLAS tool were discussed.

At this coordination meeting, held at the offices of IK Ingeniería in Barakaldo, the current situation of the project was reviewed and discussion focused on the problems that will arise for the pilot phase due to the current stop in public civil works.

The Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science (IETcc) fundamental function is to carry out scientific research and technological developments in the field of construction and its materials. The objective of the Eduardo Torroja Advanced Courses is to analyze the new opportunities and developments that are taking place in the construction field from the point of view of Durability, Rehabilitation and Sustainability.

Seminar 12 - SUSTAINABILITY: PRODUCTS, EPDs, TOOLS, DATABASES AND EXAMPLES, of the 2016 Advanced Courses Eduardo Torroja was held on November 22 and 23, 2016, at the Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science facilities.

On the second day of the seminar, on the 23rd, Jorge Rodríguez as Head of ICT and Environmental R&D projects at VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES presented the LIFE HUELLAS project for the reduction of the carbon footprint in railway infrastructure. Many thanks to the IETCC for inviting us to share the results of the project.

the Center for Studies and Experimentation of Public Works (CEDEX), contacted the LIFE HUELLAS technical team in VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES company to show their interest in project outcomes. Its goal was to learn more about the methodology used to develop the LIFE HUELLAS calculator] concerning carbon footprint calculation, and also know what expectations exist for tool valorization. On 09.30.2016, a working session was organized in VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES facilities in Madrid and, after knowing their interest in the knowledge base developed along Action B1, project consortium is studying what options exist for tool replicability.

CEDEX is a vanguard public body applied to civil engineering, building and environment, organically attached to the Ministry of Public Works and functionally to the Ministries of Public Works and Agriculture, Food and Environment. The Agency provides multidisciplinary support in civil engineering technologies, construction and environment, assisting both administrations & public institutions and private companies.

Another monitoring meeting of LIFE HUELLAS project was held today, with the presence of all project members. The monitoring team has reviewed project progress, both technically and financially.

The aim of the project is that railway infrastructure construction companies become more sustainable. Therefor, an application based on life-cycle assessment and Intelligent Systems is being developed. This tool provides the carbon footprint, water footprint and other environmental and social indicators of the main railway infrastructure construction project units. A good practices manual will summarise project outcomes.

The LIFE HUELLAS project consortium has contributed to OpenDAP with part of its database. Specifically, carbon footprint data of materials and machinery used for construction of railway infrastructure have been provided, those developed in the frame of the LIFE HUELLAS project.

It should be noted that many of these materials and machinery are also used in other types of construction projects.OpenDAP is a database to consult and/or introduce EPD or environmental product declaration for construction products. It is open to any EPDs Program Manager and for any tool for life-cycle assessment calculation.OpenDAP is part of inData pilot project. This is a European project to create a network that harmonizes environmental data. This includes common regulations for data formatting and high data compatibility.

This Coordination Meeting, held at VIAS facilities, was focused on reviewing tool development. Railway projects planning, selected optimization algorithms and the structure defined for project units were among the issues dealt with.

The structure and the content of the knowledge base on the business logic are already detailed, therefore the project keeps carrying on the advance of the development of the tool and the implementation of the solution.

Coinciding with the halfway point of LIFE HUELLAS project (Ref. LIFE12 ENV/ES/000686) and Coordination Meeting No.4, members of the Advisory Board will meet with consortium members to review project progress up to date. The Advisory Board, which consists of companies and organizations that do not belong to the LIFE HUELLAS consortium but have shown interest in the project, will help evaluating task development and, based on their own experience, propose actions and measures to improve project outcomes and its final impact.

The Advisory Board is made up by the following entities:

  • ADIF: as Spanish rail infrastructure manager.
  • AENOR: as standardization and normalization experts.
  • IHOBE: ​​as Basque Government public administration, with competencies in environmental policy.
  • OECC: Spanish Office for Climate Change (MAGRAMA), as environmental footprint and climate change experts.
  • SEOPAN: representing the Spanish Association of Infrastructure Management Companies.
  • SNCF: as French rail infrastructure manager.
  • UNIFE: representing the European Rail Industry Association.

The meeting will be hold at ADIF's Railway Technology Center (CTF), located at Andalusia Technology Park, in Malaga. CTF was launched on November 2010 and is an stable and open space for innovation, counting with several multidisciplinary research groups.

The selection of the construction sites for the demonstration phase of the tool HUELLAS is already done, it will be the section San Rafael-Cuarto de la Jara of the Line Madrid-Extremadura for the infrastructure and the section Antequera-Loja for the superstructure.

The methodology to be used in the modeling of each process is proposed, along with the initial sources of information and the knowledge provided by the experts, as well as the representation used for the data and the knowledge. All this phases have been carried out jointly by CARTIF, the University of Granada and VIAS.

The possibility of including, in the tool HUELLAS, validation methods of compliance with applicable legal and voluntary sector requirements as part of the modeling and the expert knowledge, is already defined.

The analysis and the selection of internationally accepted evaluation methodologies for the environmental, economic and social impact assessment regard to the calculation of the sustainability together with the qualitative assessment to plan the construction of railway infrastructures is fully developed and all this information is now integrated in the database of knowledge.

The multicriteria knowledge database, which has contained the technical work of the first action of the project, is now fully established. It is a key stage to ensure that the tool will be able to perform a detailed environmental diagnose to support the railway infrastructure construction companies to be more sustainable and it is the result of the joint efforts by CARTIF, IK Ingeniería and VIAS during the first year of the project. It includes a complete knowledge of the project units to be incorporated within the tool and the collection of the relevant environmental variables and indicators in the planning phase of the railway infrastructure construction works.

The third (and the last) technical action of the project has just begun. It is named "Pilot test in railway constructions" and it aims to carry out several pilot tests in real railway constructions. The tool will be tested in these constructions, as a demonstration, to perform a parametric adjustment and to verify compliance with the environmental requirements, minimizing the future impacts of these constructions.

LIFE HUELLAS project partners met on November 3rd, 2014, at the University of Granada facilities, in Granada, where it took place the 3rd Coordination Meeting.

The analysis of the tool requirements is completed. Project partners keep working in the multicriteria knowledge database.

Finally, 461 project units have been chosen to be included in the inventory considered for a complete sustainability assessment and they will serve as a starting point to determine the environmental, social and economic impact of several railway construction works, ensuring the usability of the tool.

The LIFE HUELLAS project includes the development of two monitoring actions, transversely to the technical actions. They were defined for the environmental and socio-economic impact monitoring and they were designed to evaluate and to measure the environmental and socio-economic impact due to the implementation actions of the project, by defining specific indicators. The project will test, by running these actions, the effective contribution of the project to the environmental problem targeted: the mitigation of the impacts of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) and in water resource during the implementation phase in a railway construction work. Both of them are beginning today.

The work of the Carbon Footprint Databases Working Group is still in progress. At this meeting, participating projects were introduced:

  • HueCO: Carbon Footprint Calculation in Road Construction Phase.
  • HCe: Methodology and Calculation of Carbon Footprint in Building Construction.
  • LIFE HUELLAS: LCA, Environmental Footprints and Intelligent Analysis for the Rail Infrastructure Construction Sector.

Each project summarised the data types they are working on, and agreed to share those data that can be of interest for other projects, with the aim of reaching a consensus value.

In this follow-up meeting, all the information gathered to date was reviewed. Our colleagues from VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES were solving doubts and providing new information to complete the database.

The second technical action of the project is beginning, named "Development of the tool". It will include the development of the solution which will establish different planning alternatives of the infrastructure works by minimizing the environmental impact.

LIFE EcoRAEE Project consortium has contacted with LIFE HUELLAS, in order to analyse possible synergies between the two projects. After an initial study of both projects objectives, direct collaboration is not clear, but EcoRAEE topic is very interesting and we will keep in touch for future collaborations.

The LIFE HUELLAS project partners met last Friday May 9th, 2014 at VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES offices, in Madrid.

The agenda for the meeting was to review the tasks performed during the first 6 months of the project, shedule the tasks for the next 6 months, review communication and dissemination activities carried out to date and discuss about the "Inception Report" submitted to the European Commission.

"Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja" (IETcc) facilities hosted the first meeting of the Carbon Footprint Databases Working Group. In order to organise the group, OECC was appointed as president and IETcc as secretary.

As a result of the previous meeting hold on OECC facilities last January, a technical working group focused on Carbon Footprint Databases was established. Initially, the members of such working group are the partners of LIFE HUELLAS project, TECNIBERIA and ASA. IETcc (Eduardo Torroja Institute on Construction Sciences) attended also the meeting due to its current work in OpenDap, in the frame of SOFIAS project.

A private LinkedIn group was created to make easier communication and coordination between group members.

The Spanish Office for Climate Change (OECC), that depends on the Spanish Minitry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, as a member of LIFE HUELLAS project Advisory Committee, has organized a meeting with TECNIBERIA, which is developing a project on CF calculation in road construction, and with ASA which is developing a project on CF calculation in building. The idea is to exploit the potential synergies between projects.

Date: Friday 17th at 11:30
Spanish Office for Climate Change
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment
C/ Alcalá, 92 Madrid

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