The project consortium includes:
an SME specializing in environmental information and decision
support systems, model and GIS integration, and multi-media
an SME consulting group, specializing in risk assessment for
the chemical process industry, SYRECO, Italy;
an information technology SME specializing in data communication and
distributed applications, LNEC Informatica, Portugal,
in collaboration with FCCN, the Portuguese National Foundation for
Scientific Calculus and its supercomputing group as an associated partner;
a major industrial end-user, PETROGAL, Portugal, that operates a large
number of chemical installations and more than 200 vehicles for the
transport of hazardous goods (about 5,000 tons on the road at any point in
time), with an annual mileage of about 15 million kilometers;
a large national research institution with considerable experience in
high-performance, parallel computing and environmental applications,
and a Swiss consulting group specializing in transportation safety, with
considerable experience in transportation telematics, and a large set of
application projects, ASIT.
Complete contact addresses of the project partners are found in the
List of Project Participants
In addition, the active support of the Unione Industriali of Bergamo
and its member industries, and in particular the enterprises located in
the Ponte S. Pietro industrial area (one of the three case study areas),
as well as their corresponding regulatory governmental organisations
in Italy, the Public Works and Civil Protection Sector of the
Regione Lombardia, has been secured.
While these groups, for administrative and political reasons, are not
acting as full partners, they will provide support for the case study
and contribute through the project's user group.
Letters of interest and support are attached to the proposal.
Environmental Software & Services GmbH
Advanced Computer Applications (Austria)
was founded in 1995 as a direct continuation of the Advanced Computer
Applications (ACA) project of the International Institute for
Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
The primary mission of ESS is to bring the best available
scientific knowledge to bear on environmental planning
and management problems, using state-of-the-art information technology.
Since 1985, ACA has worked on more than 25 projects in
14 countries, including several projects in technological and transportation
ESS is based in
Gumpoldskirchen near Vienna, Austria.
It maintains a large, world wide network of
For the implementation of its projects,
ESS uses and develops state-of-the-art
information and software technology,
including wide-area Internet network applications and multi-media information
ESS will take the leading role in the basic software
integration, multi-media user interface, and DSS components.
Building on its
past experience and existing
ESS will provide the generic software framework and its
experience in technological risk assessment software, including discrete
multi-criteria tools and expert systems technology.
In addition, ESS will act as the co-ordinating partner and provide
the necessary network support and coordination for the distributed
development and the case studies.
GMD-First, the German National Research Center for Information Technology,
research aiming at the development of innovative methods and applications.
It cooperates closely with industry and users, thereby increasing the
competitiveness of the German and European economies. GMD has four main
research areas: System Design Technology, Communication and Cooperation
Systems, Intelligent Multimedia Systems, and Parallel Computing.
GMD has a staff of 1200 and a total annual budget of GMD is DM 170
GMD is a member of the European Consortium of Informatics and Mathematics
(ERCIM), which has partners in 13 European countries,
including Scandinavia and Central/Eastern Europe.
Most are independent Research and Development laboratories, with strong
links to local industry. ERCIM partners have generated over 100 spin-off
and do joint developments with SMEs.
GMD can use its ERCIM partners to establish exploitation paths in those
countries not directly covered by the Project partners.
The work of the proposed project will be carried out by members of the
research area Simulation of the GMD Institute for Computer Architecture
and Software Technology Berlin (GMD FIRST). The focus of this research
area is to build simulation systems in close cooperation with end-users
for problems of environmental protection. The contribution to HITERM
is characterized by the development and parallelization of numerical
algorithms and the parallel implementation of available
environmental simulation models on HPC equipment available at GMD.
GMD, in close collaboration with ESS, will support the individual
case study applications
with its HPC experience and resources.
SYRECO s.r.l was founded in 1982 with the mission of developing
methodology and computer tools for nuclear and industrial risk analysis.
As an engineering consulting, the firm specializes in industrial risk
analysis, environmental impact assessment, emergency planning and
management and software development in support of industrial
planning and management for safety, reliability, availability,
and control of process plants.
SYRECO will contribute with its industrial experience to the definition
and design phase of the project in collaboration with the regional end
users, both governmental and industrial. SYRECO will support a regional
case study for the industrial area of Ponte S.Pietro (Bergamo, Italy)
where a number of Seveso-class chemical plants are sited
and for which a complete risk assessment was performed by SYRECO
from 1987 to 1994.
LNEC Informática SA is a young private firm, founded in 1993,
largely owned by the Laboratorio Nacional de Engenheria Civil (LNEC),
itself a state owned research institution. LNEC Informática
bases its services on the extensive expertise of the parent groups'
computer department. Its main areas of activities, relevant for this
project, include database technology including distributed data bases,
multi media systems, and specific customized software development
LNEC Informaticá will closely cooperate with the
FCCN, the Portuguese National Foundation for
Scientific Calculus and its supercomputing group.
LNEC's role will focus on data management and distributed data base
applications for the client/server architecture of the
proposed HPCN simulation and decision support system.
The focus will be on the selection and adaptation of object-oriented
database techniques for the array of data types, including textual data,
pictorial information and large scale satellite imagery, GIS data,
observation time series, as well as multi-media data.
In addition, LNEC will support the Portuguese case study application of
Petroleum products distribution and storage.
FCCN (Foundation for the Provision of National Scientific Computing
Power) is a Portuguese private non-profit organization, created in
December 1986 whose founding members include:
Junta Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica e Tecnologica, JNICT
(National Board for Scientific and Technological Research);
Laboratorio Nacional de Engenheria Civil,
(National Laboratory for Civil Engineering);
Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas, CRUP
(Council of the Portuguese Universities Rectors);
The main objective of FCCN is the promotion of scientific computation
infrastructures. Specifically FCCN is responsible for RCCN - the
National Scientific Community Network - a data communications network
and common communications services.
RCCN has two main goals:
- To provide good means for the cooperation between Universities and
- Link the national scientific community:
- Higher level educational institutions: Universities and Polytechnic Institutes.
- National RTD laboratories and non-profit institutions.
- Other organisations in joint projects.
- National infrastructures that are specialized or unique,
like super computing or special purpose nodes, test beds, libraries
For collaborative European research programmes, reliable and efficient
electronic communication is one of the most important requirements.
FCCN, through the RCCN project therefor is an active player in
several European initiatives.
FCCN will primarily contribute to the communications side of the project;
it has extensive hands on experience in setting up and running network
infrastructures, and will explore the use of alternative communication
strategies for the distributed client/server architecture.
PETROGAL SA is the largest Portuguese company, in terms of turnover,
that reached in 1995 around 4,000 million ECU.
It employs 3,700 people and is present not only in Portugal but also in
Spain and all the African Portuguese Speaking countries.
It's main activities are in the petrochemical sector refining,
distributing and marketing, under the brand name GALP, petrol,
gas, fuel oil, aviation fuel, marine diesel, basic oils,
lubricants, chemicals, asphalt and other products;
it also distributes natural gas.
It owns refineries in Sines and Oporto with a capacity of
288,000 barrels a day, operates more than a dozen major storage sites
throughout the country, and has an extensive network of land,
marine and aviation supply outlets.
PETROGAL refines and distributes petrochemical products including:
petrol, gas, diesel, oils, chemicals, asphalt, sulphur,natural gas,
Its transport and distribution sector, Direccao de Operacoes, manages a
large fleet of tankers, trailers and industrial light cars;
hundreds of contracted trucks are also used daily in the distribution
activities. More than 200 vehicles cover more than 15 million kilometers
annually, with more than 5,000 tons of hazardous substances on the road at
one time. Industrial safety and environmental protection are therefor
central elements of PETROGAL's corporate philosophy.
PETROGAL will provide data and manpower to support and evaluate
the Portuguese case study application of hazardous transport routing,
and possibly also transportation accident analysis as well as accidents
at refineries and storage plants.
ASIT (Safety and Information Systems in Transport Ltd.) is a
private company in Berne, Switzerland, with 20 employees and a turnover
of 2'500 KECU. The main topic contain environmental studies, risk
assessments (e.g. for the new trans-alpine railway route), traffic and
logistics, transport telematics, computer service applications and
geographic information systems (for example road accident database
in Switzerland and Germany, controlling and monitoring systems
related to the field of transport of dangerous goods, information systems
for police forces, fire-fighters and military purpose.
ASIT will contribute its extensive experience in traffic telematics,
based on GPS and GSM technology. The systems can be used to localize
vehicles with dangerous goods and to get information about the source
term in the incident case (position and type of vehicle, freight etc.).
The group will also be responsible for one of the three test cases in a
Swiss case study, for transport of dangerous goods on roads and railways
in the Canton of Uri (part of the Gotthard alpine corridor), and will
also assist the Portuguese case study with its transportation telematics