Successful Kick-Off Marks the Start of the SUBLIME Project, Featuring Impact Workshop

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The SUBLIME project, aimed at addressing the degradation of steel infrastructure and improving its reliability and circularity, has begun on a positive note with a successful kick-off meeting held on June 16, 2023 and hosted by Royal HaskoningDHV. The SUBLIME project aims to increase the longevity and safety of large steel infrastructures, such as bridges, sheet piles and lock doors, which are vital for the economy and societal well-being. The project recognizes the significant economic consequences and societal disruptions caused by structural safety issues, unforeseen closures, and the high costs of maintenance and replacement.

Over the course of the SUBLIME project, the consortium will work towards developing the predictive Digital Twin platform, refining the integration of SHM and SPM as well as providing practical recommendations for governance strategies. The project also aims to assess the socio-economic and environmental benefits resulting from the implementation of sustainable and reliable steel infrastructures.

During the event an IMPACT workshop was organised by Jennifer Faber from NWO. The workshop aimed to empower the project team members, researchers and industrial companies to maximize the societal impact of the research efforts. It also served as a crucial platform for the SUBLIME project participants to delve into the realm of knowledge utilization, stakeholder engagement and effective knowledge transfer strategies. The workshop featured an interactive session with insightful discussions, providing the project team with valuable insights and practical tools to enhance the societal relevance of the research outcomes.

By incorporating the NWO Impact workshop into the kick-off meeting, the SUBLIME project demonstrated its dedication to ensuring that its research findings and solutions have a profound and positive impact on society

"The NWO Impact workshop has provided us with valuable insights and practical strategies to ensure that our research efforts lead to real-world outcomes. By actively engaging with stakeholders and considering societal needs, we aim to make a substantial contribution to the sustainability and reliability of steel infrastructures."

With the successful kick-off, the project is now set to drive innovation and deliver tangible solutions.
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