This network was launched in 1998 as a follow up and enlargement of the Civil Engineering Plan of the French state, which ended in 1998.
The main objective is to co-ordinate research in urban civil engineering. It encompasses all public and private civil constructions for land, sea and air transport, bridges, underground constructions (tunnels), canalisation, pipes, buildings, environmentally-friendly constructions and materials, industrial constructions, etc.
The network also focuses on engineering of buildings, roads, infrastructure in urban environments, and integration of civil engineering into the urban environment to satisfy the population.
Actions are closely co-ordinated with European research e.g. in FP5.
The main themes studied are the following:
- Materials and constructive methods
- Risks linked to soils and hydrology
- Follow-up, diagnosis and maintenance of constructions
- Construction and environment: reduction of waste and polluting materials
- Reduction of noise and vibration
- Follow-up, diagnosis and maintenance of urban networks
- Conception and maintenance of roads and urban equipment
- Software development.
Maximum rates of subsidy are the following:
- 20% of the total cost for private partners
- 50% of the total cost for small and medium size companies, and semi-public companies
- 100% of marginal cost (out of wages) for public partners (Universities, research centres, etc).