Meeting Paris

Location and dates

The workshop will take place at IFSTTAR - French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks location 14-20 Boulevard Newton, Cité Descartes, Champs sur Marne in Marne la Vallée, France, on 12th May 2017.

The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR) is a public institution of a scientific and technical nature, under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Recognized as a new reference organization in the international arena, IFSTTAR conducts applied research and expert appraisals in the fields of transport, infrastructure, natural hazards and urban issues, with the aim of improving the living conditions of France's residents and, more broadly, promoting the sustainable development of our societies. IFSTTAR gathers multidisciplinary teams able to develop a systemic approach to research in order to respond to societal issues from the technical, economical, social, sanitary, energy, environmental and human points of view.

The meeting will take place at IFSTTAR (Marne La Vallée). The address is:

14-20 Boulevard Newton
Cité Descartes, Champs sur Marne
F-77447 Marne la Vallée Cedex 2


In the heart of the new city of Marne-la-Vallée, on the campus of the Cité Descartes, IFSTTAR is well easily accessible.

IFSTTAR is 30 minutes from the centre of Paris and 20 minutes from Chessy high-speed train station.

The following RATP webtool can be used to calculate the time for any trip using RER and metro: Click here

From CDG airport Information about schedules and prices from CDG airport are available in the following two links: 1. Rome2rio
From Orly Airport Information about schedules and prices from Orly airport are available in: 2. Rome2rio

The main objective of WG 2 is to define a set of goals for performance indicators. These goals vary according to technical, environmental, economic and social factors. One aim of this WG is to provide specific recommendations in order to ensure that the definition of such goals should be the most generalized as possible.

The main objective of WG 3 is to help bridge owners define a quality control plan for each individual bridge. Prior to the meeting, the task Groups will submit a 10 pages’ report on their work. This report will be review by Prof. Rade Hajdin before the meeting. In the meeting the approaches of all Trask Groups will be discussed and synchronized. The objective of the meeting is to set up a strict Road Map according to which the first draft of the final report will be drafted.

Concerning WG 4, a set of roadway bridges, belonging to different COST countries and preferably with identical typologies, will be identified. Then, for those bridges, it will be obtained the performance indicators (identified in WG1). Such values will be then compared with pre-specified goals (identified in WG2) and, finally, a QC plan will be implemented (detailed description at WG3). Different methodologies for obtaining such indicators, as well as different threshold values, will be used as the basis for benchmarking.

The main goal of WG 5 is the preparation of a document that can be easily adopted by engineers facing the management of new and existing bridges. In this task it will be joined the work developed in other working packages (especially from WG1, WG2 and WG3) with the objective of writing a guideline, and recommendations, for the implementation of a QC plan for roadway bridges that could be adopted by several roadway agencies.


The preliminary programme can be downloaded here.

Costs and Reimbursement

COST organization provides a certain amount of financial means for organizing such meetings and to reimburse participants. This includes for example accommodation costs, meals, transport expenses, etc. For more information please consult the COST Vademecum.

Please book your flight and hotel as soon as possible in order to find cheap solutions.


Local organizers suggest using the hotels listed here, as they are conveniently located near the venue.