Tuesday 11 February 2020

SAFER-LC: Third workshop held on 5 February 2020 at FFE premises in Madrid, Spain

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Reminder: SAFER-LC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723205. It is led by UIC and will last 36 months. It aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully-integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level-crossing infrastructure.

Around 40 road and rail safety experts from 10 countries attended the third SAFER-LC workshop held on Wednesday 5 February 2020 in Madrid. The event was hosted by the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE), partner of the SAFER-LC Consortium.

The workshop was organised around two sessions: the morning session focused on the SAFER-LC toolbox evaluation and the afternoon session on the key results already achieved by the project.

The SAFER-LC Toolbox is a decision-support tool to increase safety at level crossings developed by UIC within the SAFER-LC project. The update is still work in progress. The workshop objectives were to: obtain new expert input and ideas to improve the existing content of the tool, and to collect expert feedback about the user interface.

The session started with a short tutorial on how to use the toolbox, then the participants organised in six small groups performed an evaluation exercise. Each group received a generic description (scenario composed of an image and a short text) of a problem (unsafe level crossing) and was asked to solve the problem with the help of the toolbox.

The six group user cases were followed by an evaluation and feedback collection that will be used to improve the tool. During the exercise debriefing, the tool was globally appreciated and judged as very promising.

During the afternoon session, the results achieved within each work package were presented. The presentations given during this session are available at https://safer-lc.eu/third-safer-lc-workshop-ws3-ffe-premises-05-february-2020-madrid-spain-from-9?var_mode=calcul

Thanks to the active participation and contributions from the attendees, the day was very fruitful with constructive feedback and recommendations given by the participants on the improvement of the toolbox.

These inputs will be useful for the consortium to make the toolbox more user friendly and adapted to the needs of the end-users who are required to find more easily the most appropriate safety measure to increase safety at LC.

Save the date: The next event will be the project’s final conference to be held on 22 April 2020 in Paris at UIC HQ.

For further information on the SAFER-LC project please consult the website: www.safer-lc.eu

Or contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau: bonneau@uic.org or Grigore Havarneanu: havarneanu@uic.org

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