Project Summary

With over 50% of Europe's annual construction budget being spent on rehabilitating existing structures, the owners of buildings and infrastructure now require greater certainty in the performance of rehabilitated concrete structures in order to manage their assets more effectively. This has generated a requirement for industry to deliver more durable and effective repairs to concrete structures.

To help address these issues the European Commission, under its Framework Programme 5, has given financial support for a period of 4 years (2002 - 2006) to establish a thematic network on the performance based rehabilitation of reinforced concrete structures, to be known as CON REP NET.

The primary objectives of the network will be to:

  1. Create a dynamic web-based catalogue of case histories of past performance and current practices for repair materials and systems mapping and peer reviewing the outcomes to draw out the knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt by the various actors involved; as well as the standards, philosophies, materials, methods and practices employed to effect repairs and rehabilitation of concrete structures - thereby allowing benchmarking of contemporary best practice.
  2. Map RTD activities relating to the deterioration and rehabilitation of concrete structures.
  3. Evolve and promote a performance-based approach to the rehabilitation of concrete structures in order to meet the needs of all actors and stakeholders throughout the supply chain.