Mobile research platform DCNA

Project management



01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021


Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung

Contact person

Christian Resch


In order to achieve the objectives in the Disaster Competence Network Austria, in addition to the creation of a common organizational structure, the expansion of the common infrastructure is absolutely necessary. The aim of this cooperation project is to set up and establish a mobile research infrastructure (mobile DCNA measurement and analysis laboratory), which enables DCNA researchers to provide their expertise in the damage events mentioned in the introduction in a timely manner.

Specifically, it is planned to station a mobile research laboratory with vehicle support at the partner universities BOKU and TU Graz. The basic technical structure of this system will be modular and include information and communication modules, laboratory and analysis workstations, as well as basic technical equipment for operation in the field.

With regard to sensors and analytics, the two scientific partners BOKU and TU Graz will equip the modules according to their respective scientific strengths. The goal is an integrative overall concept based on the complementary strengths of the scientific partners and also coordinated in terms of organization with the following fields of application:

  • Possibility of monitoring existing critical mass movements in the area of ​​influence of settlement areas
  • Possibility of effective hazard and risk assessment along infrastructure (railway lines, highway routes, quarries, ...)
  • Increase understanding of the processes and trigger mechanisms by linking them to local influencing factors (e.g. precipitation measurements using weather radar)

Of course, the planned mobile infrastructure should not only be available to applicants. The organizational integration into the Disaster Competence Network Austria ensures that this infrastructure is subsequently accessible to all stakeholders in the disaster management domain.

The operation and further expansion (new thematic focal points with regard to sensors and analytics) of the DCNA measurement and analysis laboratory will be ensured by the universities of BOKU and TU Graz. The expansion will take place through the involvement of the Montanuniversität Leoben and the University of Innsbruck. For the different areas of use (e.g. disaster operations at home and abroad, research projects, order analyzes), an assignment catalog is created, which in addition to the staffing (number, qualifications, duration) and the technical requirements (requirements for the location, etc.) also a tariff structure for everyone contains potential user groups.