WG6 – Dissemination

The success of this Action can be measured by the impact it has on the civil engineering community composed by, among others, infrastructure owners and operators, standardization bodies, scientific community, practicing engineers and other professionals. It is known the interest that this Action has already generated in a broad range of stakeholders, being recognized that it will change significantly the QC of roadway bridges.

The Action will enable useful synergies and disseminate the results to the following target groups and end users:

i. roadway owners and operators;
ii. designers and consultant companies;
iii. equipment and software companies;
iv. researchers and engineers in the field of asset management and structural engineering;
v. relevant national, European and international associations and confederations;
vi. authorities and policy makers at regional and European level;
vii. research community, relevant standardization bodies and code writers;
viii. teachers and students of engineering schools.

It is important to note that the achievements of this Action will become available in an illustrative, executable and user friendly way, so that it is possible to assure its practical application. Moreover, they will be further disseminated to active research frameworks such as HORIZON 2020 as well as to national research frameworks.

The MC will assure, through WG6, effective dissemination mechanisms to publish the progress and results of the Action. Used instruments to disseminate knowledge will be:

Website and other dissemination mechanisms

It is known that nowadays the most powerful tool for dissemination is internet and, therefore, a website will be developed. Also, other strong dissemination mechanisms will be used, such as leaflets, poster and web 2.0 (e.g. facebook, linkedin, youtube), as well as the establishment of a close interaction with TV channels (e.g. Euronews), radio stations, newsletters and online service news.

Workshops, conference, training schools and STSM

Workshops, conference, training schools and other teaching activities (e.g. e-lectures) are a very good scheme to reach the audience working in research, education and practice. STSM are an ideal tool for this Action and they will be especially stimulated to early-stage researchers. STSM will encourage the synergy among institutions, accelerate the learning of students and provide academia and industry with highly trained staff.

Conferences, peer-reviewed articles and reports issued by the Action

The achievements of this Action will be published in international conferences (e.g. organizing special and mini-sessions), as they bring together researchers, academia and industry in an open-discussion forum, in peer-reviewed articles, as they are a very important way to prove the impact and accuracy of obtained results and to make them available for the future, and in technical reports (state-of-art reports and others), which will have the involvement of peer-reviewers from other countries.

Guideline and link to standardization

A specific guideline for the establishment of QC plans in roadway bridges, which comprises the performance indicators assessment and its goals, will be developed. An aim of this Action is that the obtained results and developed guideline will be linked to European and international standards. In order to assure this objective, it will be build up an engagement of the Action network with standardisation committees.

The Action knowledge dissemination means will be:

Website and other dissemination mechanisms

A website will be developed at the beginning of the Action and will be continuously updated. It will contain information about the Action itself (e.g. technical reports, video streaming of key-note presentations and teaching activities, etc.), in the public section, and exchange confidential documents, in the private section. At the beginning of this Action it will be also developed a facebook page and a linkedin account, which will be permanently updated, as well as a leaflet and a poster. An effort will be made to publish the main achievements of this Action in youtube, TV channels (e.g. Euronews), radio stations, newsletters and online service news.

Workshops, conference, training schools and STSM

The Action workshops, conference, training schools and other teaching activities (e.g. e-lectures) will allow to explain the performed scientific work as well as the practical approach of developed guideline between researchers, industry and stakeholders. It is planned three workshops, a final conference and three training schools during this Action. Other teaching activities will be also developed throughout this Action. STSM will enable synergies with different types of institutions, bringing them closer to the scientific community, promoting also more awareness to COST Actions. They will occur in a permanent basis during the whole Action.

Conferences, peer-reviewed articles and reports issued by the Action

Strong relations can be built with the organizers of national and international conferences in the topic of this Action. These are an important mean to disseminate the main achievements of the Action to a broader public. Peer-reviewed journals are also an important mean to spread the obtained results to the targeted audience and therefore the Action participants will be encouraged to use such framework. A special issue may be developed at the end of this Action in which the main achievements will be published.

Guideline and link to standardization

The guideline, one of the main outcomes of this Action, will be developed in close cooperation with scientific and practicing community. In order to assure that, a WG, with people from both these sectors, will be constituted. This WG will play a crucial role in this Action as it has not only to establish the layout of such guideline but also a close cooperation with the standardization committees. It is important to note that some of these people are already member of such committees.