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.
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