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.


Collaborative rail research project “RIVAS” kicked-off on February 2nd, 2011

Tool Box for vibration mitigation measures to be offered until 2013

On February 2nd, 2011 the International Union of Railways as coordinator kicked-off the FP 7 project “RIVAS” (Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions) together with 25 partners form all over the European railway sector such as train operating companies, infrastructure managers, manufactures, suppliers consultancies and associations. The RIVAS project is strongly end-user driven in order to ensure an utmost exploitation of results in practice and to prepare an extensive and fast implementation of technical developments.

UIC’s Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux pointed out that RIVAS aims at reducing the environmental impact of ground-borne vibration while safeguarding the commercial competitiveness of the railway sector. For several areas of concern vibration should be reduced to near or even below the threshold of perception. The project’s goal is therefore to provide the tools to solve vibration problems for surface lines by 2013.
It therefore aims to contribute to relevant and world leading technologies for efficient control of people’s exposure to vibration and vibration-induced noise caused by rail traffic.

The RIVAS coordinator Bernd Asmussen, seconded from Deutsche Bahn (DB) and highly skilled in the technical field of ground vibration and mitigation measures, will take over the lead to assure RIVAS coming out with directly implementable results for all partners of the rail sector. It has been commonly agreed to share a maximum of information with the public and this of course includes all UIC members.

RIVAS will focus on low frequency vibration from open lines which is a concern mainly for freight traffic. However, it can be anticipated that RIVAS results will also be applicable to suburban, regional and high-speed operations.

Finally, the RIVAS results will contribute to European standards in particular to a harmonisation of metrics.

UIC and UNIFE will jointly be responsible for the dissemination of results. Enno Wiebe, UIC, responsible for dissemination, exploitation and training, underlined that the
dissemination will increase stakeholders’ awareness for the vibrations subject and provide substantive information for ongoing discussions between the railways and political institutions as well as residents affected by vibrations near railway lines. The RIVAS project and objectives will be promoted on different levels and in different ways. The main aim is to increase positively the awareness of the vibration subject for political institutions, different parts of the society (particularly residents near railway lines) and railway experts. This includes providing proper definitions for further discussions, clarifying prejudges and common falsities.