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Our Activities and Aims

The “Österreichische Forschungsgesellschaft Straße - Schiene - Verkehr” (FSV) – the Austrian Research Association for Roads, Railways and Transport – has a very long history. It was founded in 1950 as a specialised subgroup of the Austrian Association of Engineers and Architects under the name “Forschungsgesellschaft für das Straßenwesen“ (Roadway Research Association). In the 1980s, the scope of the group’s activities expanded and subsequently came to include oversight of roads and transportation.

Today the FSV is a platform for experts who deal with the planning, construction, maintenance, operation and utilisation of transportation structures. The FSV regards itself as a centre of competence that is available for all professional working in the fields of economics, science and administration. In its capacity as the contact agency for both contracting authorities and contractors, the FSV acts as a connector between the public and the private sector.

The FSV defines the state of the art in engineering, preparing guidelines for both road transportation and railway transportation. In preparing and revising these guidelines, the FSV pursues the aim of guaranteeing optimised, safe and sustainable transportation infrastructural structures including both contract related aspects and the standardisation of specifications of works.

The FSV committees form a network of more than 1,400 persons promoting both the exchange of knowledge and development at the national as well as the international level. The main duty of the FSV is to develop, to document and to communicate the knowledge gained in the fields of roadways, railways and transportation combining science, economics and administration.