RIVAS – Vibrations: Ways out of the Annoyance

A summary of outcomes

Please find the final brochure of the RIVAS project under Results and Publications.


“Vibration – Ways out of the annoyance”, was held in Brussels, on 21 November 2013

Please find here more information.


Seminar on "Vibrations- Annoyance, Acceptance and Assuming the challenge to find solutions"

The RIVAS consortium welcomed over 70 participants in Madrid on 14 Sept 2011 to the public seminar on “Vibrations - Annoyance, Acceptance and Assuming the challenge to find solutions” hosted by the Centre for Research and Experimentation of Public Works (CEDEX), attached to both the Spanish Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Environment.

Noise and vibrations have a huge impact on citizens’ lives and working near railways lines, and as rail traffic is set to increase in future, annoyance levels will increase accordingly. Railways should be a good neighbour for residents and therefore proper measures to reduce these annoyances need to be found. In this regard, RIVAS is a good step to reduce ground-borne vibrations in the European rail network and fulfil the aforesaid goal.

Existing common methodologies to measure and assess ground-borne vibrations and their impact on residents near railway lines were presented, along with concrete implementable solutions for vibration mitigation measures as RIVAS aims to go beyond scientific
deliverables and to provide a toolbox to improve the quality of life near railway lines.

The outcomes of the UIC-led European research project Innotrack, aiming to tackle issues in the important area of track and substructure, are exploited by RIVAS in terms of identification of track parameters for optimising mitigation measures.

The rolling stock can also be a source of ground-borne vibrations. European rolling stock manufacturers explained that advanced design of rolling stock can play an important role.

The seminar concluded with an outlook on the next steps to be taken and the partner’s common goal outlined. By 2050 the European railways will strive towards noise and vibrations no longer being considered a problem for the railways and its neighbours – meaning that noise levels are socially and economically acceptable and allow for 24-hour passenger and goods operations. This sounds highly ambitious but the RIVAS partners were clearly committed in Madrid to “putting railways on the right track” to reach this goal.