The work of the Research Directorate includes projects that focus on the safe evacuation of passenger shipping. Live trials conducted on major shipping routes helped to set new standards within the industry, driving new software modelling tools and changes to the design and safety of ships. Our expertise in this area has recently been transferred to land transport, working with London Underground and Barcelona Metro to improve the evacuation and crowd management of passengers.
The logistics of freight transport, whether by ship, rail or road, is also a focus for BMT's EU-funded research projects. These aim to increase efficiency through better information management and improved logistics across borders and transport modes.
The security of major ports is another area of activity for BMT's Research & Development Directorate. Operating in partnership with some of the world's biggest ports and shipping companies, BMT has led the search for efficient forms of information exchange, better guidelines and more effective underwater surveillance techniques.
Our cutting-edge research capabilities can also be seen in well-publicised projects such as the development of a robotic fish that can detect and trace sources of environmental pollution. Using our well-established data and software modelling skills, BMT is also building a reputation in the health sector, with projects ranging from the better management of patient data to enhancing the rehabilitation of stroke sufferers.
As the challenges facing companies and governments in Europe intensify, and require the best people and techniques to address them, BMT's role in EU-funded research projects looks set to grow.
Smart UNmanned aerial vehicle sensor Network for detection of border crossing and illegal entrY (SUNNY)
The SUNNY project aims to develop system solutions capable of improving the effectiveness of the EU border monitoring compared to the legacy systems whilst keeping affordability and interoperability as key enabling factors. The SUNNY project will develop an aerial sensor network with improved sensor and data transmission capacities and real time data processing capabilities.view more
Intelligent Piracy Avoidance using Threat detection and Countermeasure Heuristics (IPATCH)
IPATCH is developing an on-board situational awareness system to provide early detection and classification of piracy threats. IPATCH is also carrying out a comprehensive study of countermeasures and their legal and ethical implications in order to provide decision support to the crew in case of attack.view more
Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains (CORE)
CORE will consolidate, amplify, extend and demonstrate EU knowledge and capabilities and international co-operation for securing supply chains whilst maintaining or improving business performance, with specific reference to key Supply Chain Corridorsview more
Viable Alternative Mine Operating System (¡VAMOS!)
¡VAMOS! aspires to enable the provision of a stable and competitive supply of raw materials for Europe by increasing the production of raw materials within the EU with the help of a breakthrough underwater mining system.view more
Optimodal European Travel Ecosystem (EuTravel)
The EuTravel vision is to contribute towards the realisation of a sustainable and open single European market for mobility services by enabling travel users (both businesses and private) to easily organise a door-to-door pan- European multimodal trip in accordance with their own set of criteria including environmental performance; and providing multimodal travel service providers with an easy and cost effective way to deliver optimal customised servicesview more
Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies (SETRIS)
SETRIS aims to deliver a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe. The SETRIS Project brings together 5 Transport European Technology Platforms (ETPs) - road, rail, air, water and logistics - and a variety of their membership as partners into one consortium, coordinated by ECTRI (the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes) and Newcastle University.view more
Multi-agent counter terrorist training in mixed reality environments with automated serious game scenario generator (AUGGMED)
AUGGMED will develop a serious game platform to enable single- and team-based training of end-users with different level of expertise from different organisations responding to terrorist and organised crime threats.view more
Towards a Shared European Logistics Intelligent Information Space (SELIS)
SELIS is aimed at delivering a 'platform for pan-European logistics applications'view more
Safe maritime operations under extreme conditions; the Arctic case (SEDNA)
SEDNA will develop an innovative and integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic navigation, ship design and operation, to enable European maritime interests to confidently fully embrace the Arctic's significant and growing shipping opportunities, while safeguarding its natural environment.view more