In April 2006 HYDRALAB-III started as an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3) in the 6th Framework program of the EC. An I3 is an integrated programme of Networking activities, Transnational Access to 22 unique and/or rare facilities and two Joint Research Activities. The project had 20 partners and a total budget of 13,5 M€. It ran until March 2010.
The aim of HYDRALAB III was:
- to support the integrated provision of infrastructure related services to the research community at a European level
- to better structure the fabric of European hydraulic research by promoting the coherent use and development of infrastructures in the fields it covers
- to improve the long-term integrating effect on the way research infrastructures are developed and utilised in the fields of Hydraulics, Geophysical hydrodynamics, Environmental fluid dynamics, Ship dynamics and Ice engineering (in this proposal abbreviated to HyGESI) operate, (which was already started by HYDRALAB-II), thereby contributing to the goal of structuring the European Research Area
- to develop a balanced methodology for using the various research tools available for the hydraulic research world, summarised in the term “Composite modelling”.
Transnational Access is traditionally a very important component in HYDRALAB. It offers research groups, that normally do not have access to unique or rare experimental facilities, the opportunity to carry out their research in selected facilities at different institutes across Europe. State-of-the-art measuring instruments, data-acquisition and processing systems were at their disposal, as well as modern support facilities. Coordination in research activities was also achieved through the Joint Research Activities. These HYDRALAB activities focussed on the development of instrumentation facilities beyond the present state-of-the-art for areas where the interaction of water with other elements (environment, structures and sediment) lead to challenging research questions that could not be addressed with the presently available tools.
All HYDRALAB-III Access participants had one common selection panel and had agreed on uniform procedures with respect to selection and performance of access to their facilities. Moreover we provided the European Community periodically with a comparison between the scientific needs for access against the availability and an inventory of relevant Infrastructure available in Europe (see inventory).
Under our Networking Activities we developed an interesting set of tools and methods that were made available to the hydraulic research community website.