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Integrated European Industrial Risk Reduction System


The IRIS project has emerged from long-term collaboration between a large number of research institutions, universities, public bodies and industrial partners active in risk assessment and management for industrial systems throughout the world. A common concern, as well as experience, among the project consortium members is the fact that current risk assessment and management for industrial systems are characterized by methodical diversity and fragmented approaches. This is not necessarily wrong in itself and from a historical point of view quite natural since these risk and safety paradigms have emerged from diverse industries driven and limited by available knowledge and technologies.

It is believed that significant synergies and benefits can be achieved in harmonizing risk assessment and management of industrial system for various industries. However, to achieve these synergies and benefits a distinct change in industry driven R&D effort in risk assessment and management will be needed. At present the European Industry has recognised their obligation to reconsider risk and safety policies, having a more competitive industry and more risk informed and innovation accepting society in vision. Therefore the large collaborative project IRIS is proposed to identify, quantify and mitigate existing and emerging risks to create societal cost-benefits, to increase industrial safety and to reduce impact on human health and environment.

In view of these goals, the project will assemble, develop and apply complementary mathematical methods to analyse large, man-made multi-element infrastructure systems that exhibit, so-called, complex behaviour.


The main scientific and technical objectives of the IRIS projects are:

Integrated Methodologies for pioneering Risk Assessment and Management
The integration of multiple risk assessment methods into a continuous risk assessment based on a combination of probabilistic (state-of-the-art) and measurement-based risk analysis.

New Knowledge-based Safety Concepts
To enable progressive continuous improvement through refinement of the risk identification, assessment and control processes due to building on knowledge already gained.

Total Safety of Industrial Systems and Networks
The establishment of integrated technical solutions through new models for industrial systems taking into account interdependencies during design and operation

Knowledge and Technologies for Risk Identification and Reduction
Innovative Risk identification and reduction has to consider the reassessment of exposure and vulnerability of environment, society, industry to the impact of natural, technological and man-made hazards.

Online Monitoring with Decision Support Systems
The realisation of the above mentioned objective requires hardware and software for continuous risk assessment by online monitoring of the interactions in the industrial systems during their life cycle. Hence, a decision support system (knowledge-based system, self learning and artificial intelligence) for the evaluation of collected data as well as sensors, data management and a required cyber infrastructure, will be developed in the project.

Pattern Recognition in Signal Processing
Detection of hidden attributes characterising evolving damages in materials and systems is the challenge. A general approach to detect unfinished forms of patterns will be developed as basis for decision making and early warning. This includes treatment of contaminated data and algorithms. Basic tools for damage detection as basis for early warning will be developed.

Demonstration & Technology Transfer, Standardization & Training Activities
Wide spread technology demonstration, technology transfer, underpinning standardization and training activities are critical for broad application and guaranteed by the consortium represented by industry, main international and European stakeholders, specialized SMEs, research institutions and universities.


The project is led and driven by industry to consolidate and generate knowledge and technologies which enable the integration of new safety concepts related to technical, human, organizational and cultural aspects. The proposed project integrates all aspects of industrial safety with some priority on saving human lives prior cost reductions and is particular underpinning relevant EU policies.

In short the concept of IRIS is to focus on main safety problems of diverse industrial sectors as well as to transform specific requirements into integrated and knowledge-based safety technologies, standards and services.

The project covers a broad range of industrial sectors and involves main stakeholders. Furthermore significant demonstration elements, training activities and technology transfer, also on international level, create a leverage effect for the acceptance in industry and society. The Partnership has been selected on complementarities, non-competition and commitment to the subject of industrial safety.

IRIS Work Package (WP) structure:

  • WP 1: Natural Hazards
    Nuclear Industry
  • WP 2: Major Accidents
    Chemical Industry
  • WP 3: Workers Safety
    Construction Industry
  • WP 4: Environmental Disasters
    Mining and Oil
  • WP 5: Energy Production
    Energy Industry
  • WP 6: New Risk Paradigm
  • WP 7: Online Monitoring
  • WP 8: Risk informed Design


The Project is part of the 7th Framework Programme.

The project is an activity under the action SAFECONSTRUCTION, Research in Support of Standardization in Construction and Construction Products

FP7-NMP-2007-LARGE-1, CP-IP 213968-2

Duration 1'st October,2008- 31'st March, 2012.

The JRC coordinates the WP8 and contributes to WP1.


Vito Renda
European Commission - Joint Research Centre
Institute For the Protection and Security of the Citizen
Tel. +39 0332 789021 - Fax +39 0332 789049


  • Project Coordinator:
    VCE Holding GmbH ,Austria
  • EDF-SEPTEN , France
  • DOW Deutschland Anlagebau GmbH , Germany
  • EGNATIA ODOS A.E. , Greece
  • KGHM Cuprum sp.z o.o. CBR , Poland
  • RWE Power AG , Germany
  • Woelfel Beratende Ingenieure GmbH und Co. , Germany
  • Materialprüfungsanstalt Universität Stuttgart , Germany
  • CEA Saclay , France
  • Commission of the European Communities , Belgium
  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique , France
  • Dipartimento di Ingegneria Strutturale e Geotecnica, Politecnico di Torino , Italy
  • Universität Linz - Institut für Anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung , Austria
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Geodäsie und Photogrammetrie , Germany
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Greece
  • MEGA International , Germany
  • Galleria di Base del Brennero - Brenner Basistunnel BBT SE , Italy
  • NPP Kozloduy EAD , Bulgaria
  • ICEMENERG - Institute for Energy Research and Development , Romania
  • Risk Engineering Ltd , Bulgaria
  • Czech Technical University in Prague , Czech Republic
  • Hungarian Ministry of Interior - Civil Protection Hungary , Hungary
  • Neue Materialien Würzburg GmbH , Germany
  • Büro für Angewandte Geowissenschaftliche Fernerkundung , Germany
  • Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing , Germany
  • University of Sheffield , United Kingdom
  • Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. Consulting Engineers & Scientists , United Kingdom
  • VR VIS Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbH , Austria
  • Università degli Studi di Genova , Italy
  • University of Manchester , United Kingdom
  • Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena , Spain
  • Lulea University of Tecnologie , Sweden
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.v. , Germany
  • CKTI-Vibroseism Co. Ltd , Russian Federation
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre , India
  • Infrastructure and Transportation , Canada
  • University of Ottawa , Canada
  • University of Tokyo , Japan
  • Stanford University , United States
  • Drexel University , United States