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Technology Assistance BCNA 2010, S. L. Takes Part in FP7 European Research Project CROSS-IT


19 December 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Technology Assistance BCNA 2010 S. L., a start-up company and its project partners have announced the launch of the European Seventh Framework Project ‘Smart Conditioning Monitoring and Prompt NDT Assessment of Large Concrete Bridge Structures (CROSS-IT)’ within the EC - FP7 'Capacities' programme under the call for 'Research for the Benefit of SMEs'.


The CROSS-IT project aims to develop new technology based on Ultrasonic Guided Waves to inspect the concrete structure and steel reinforcements for dangerous levels of age-related degradation that can be caused by water ingress into surface cracks resulting in corrosion of internal steel re-bars and reinforcement. Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar will be used to locate the internal steel re-bars and reinforcement and to compliment the Ultrasonic Guided Wave technology.


The Guided Waves technology will be able to scan the concrete and display the results as a visual map on a connected laptop. The computer will run a purpose designed condition monitoring software based on advanced artificial Intelligence like a Neural Networks to match the ultrasonic patterns. The CROSS-IT monitoring system could be also permanently installed into the bridge structure to enable a real time structural health monitoring system.


Within the framework of the CROSS-IT project, the Technology Assistance BCNA 2010 S. L. as a SME group member collaborates with the TWI (Cambridge UK), National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Greece), Institute for Nuclear Technology (Croatia, Zagreb), Acutech, Ltd. (Αthens, Greece) and Atkins (UK).


“These new technology opens a wide opportunities to introduce a novel system for non-destructive testing and monitoring of various concrete structures, such as bridges, viaducts, tunnels, dams, mines and others on the modern market”, said Dr. Sergey Y. Yurish, an R&D Director of Technology Assistance BCNA 2010. “We hope to have a marked ready health monitoring system in 2014 after project finish” – added Dr. Yurish.


For more information about the CROSS-IT project please visit http://www.crossit-project.eu


More details about Technology Assistance BCNA 2010, S. L. are available at TAB’s web site: http://www.techassist2010.com/



About Technology Assistance BCNA 2010, S.L.


Technology Assistance BCNA 2010, S.L. (TAB) is a start-up company founded in 2010 in Barcelona, Spain after very success European Project ‘Smart Sensors Systems Design’ (MEXT-CT-2005-023991 SMARTSES) in the frame of Marie Curie Chairs Excellence (EXC) programme with the aim to design, develop and promote new measuring and sensing technologies, based on novel, advanced methods of measurements of frequency-time parameters of signals. One of the main objectives of TAB is to reduce existing gap between research and industry by introducing a new generation of cost effective smart sensing technology and to establish our digital measuring technology and it's advantages as alternative to common analogue measuring principles to enter the large application potential in sensor technology. Developed technologies and electronics components give a unique opportunity to create and produce various digital sensors, multisensor systems and robust sensor systems with high metrological performances and wide functionalities including such intelligent functions as self-adaptation and self-identification. It is a basis for a new technological platform for smart sensor systems integration.


The TAB is dedicated not only to continuous enhancement of the existing product range, but also to responding to customer demands and suggestions with a high degree of flexibility and openness. This ensures that all solutions are custom tailored and represent the state-of-the-art in ultra-precise measurement technology for frequency-time parameters of signals.


For more information on TAB products and technology, please visit http://www.techassist2010.com  





Javier Cañete,

Technology Assistance BCNA 2010, S. L.

Parc UPC-PMT, Edificio RDIT-K2M,

C/ Esteve Terradas, 1

08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain

Tel.: +34 680 282 682

E-mail: info@techassist2010.com

Web: http://www.techassist2010.com

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