1st Project Meeting

The first project meeting was at held at Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vasa 14-15.11.2019 and representatives from all five participating universities were present.

During the meeting it was discussed whether other types of icing than atmospheric icing, in its true scientific sense, should be included in order to be able to identify more icing cases. The consensus was to also include in-cloud/fog icing, freezing rain, wet snow icing and marine spray icing. In this context it was also mentioned that wind turbine blades have to be excluded, since blade icing was touched upon in the Botnia-Atlantica funded project Wind CoE.

University of Vaasa suggested that a digital platform, where stakeholders could find the latest information about icing related matters such as an icing event forecasting tool and icing related articles, could be established. The platform could also be used for exchanging expertise and solutions among the users. The idea was supported by everyone present and it was agreed that University of Vaasa would continue developing the concept.

Kendall Rutledge from Novia UAS told about the process of procuring business development services. The business developers will help identify “atmospheric icing problem-ed” companies and bring them into a business network. The clusters are initially to be formed nationally and later the clusters will be joined to one. The companies in the business network will tell about their problems and NoICE will learn about their icing issues, teach the latest technologies, and work on some example cases. Expert services related to e.g. atmospheric icing on structures will also be obtained through public procurement process.

Further it was decided that:
1. By Dec 15, 2018 all members would have cooperation agreements iterated with their legal groups and be ready to sign after incorporation into a single document
2. By Dec 15, 2018 all members would send a name for nomination onto the steering group
3. All members would search for rail wintertime icing delay information in both Finland and Sweden (actual delay data, icing observations data and ice maintenance service data) and report by Feb 1, 2019
4. All members would learn more about available icing observations in their countries and especially networked observations
5. Novia would develop a summary of ice observation information for the full Scandinavian region derived from publically available METAR data
6. Novia would establish a disk space for sharing documents amongst members (e.g. DropBox)
7. Novia would establish a document for all member to contribute to / edit to specify the train delay case study identified during the meeting
8. Novia would distribute the A3 “project poster” to each member

Regarding marketing and communication issues it was agreed that Heidi Smart from Novia UAS would procure a logo for the project and create a Twitter account to help spread information about the project. The webpage, which has already been initiated, will be found at www.icingcenter.eu and a LinkedIn company page has also been created (https://www.linkedin.com/company/nordic-icing-center-of-expertice-noice/) . The webpage will include some kind of blog and the project team agreed that they could contribute to it.

Icing Center Members:
Dr. Heli Koivuluoto, Materials Scientist, Surface Engineering Specialist, Tampere University of Technology
Dr. Petri Välisuo, Physicist, Metrologist and Statistical Learning Specialist, Vaasan Yliopisto
Prof. Jun Yu, Statistical Scientist, Spatial Statistics Specialist, Umeå University
Prof. Patrik Eklund, Logic Theorist, Process Model Specialist, Umeå University
Prof. Javier Martin-Torres, Atmospheric Scientist, Planetary Atmospheres Radiative Transfer Specialist,
Luleå University of Technology
Kendall Rutledge, Project Manager, Novia University of Applied Sciences

Kendall Rutledge, Thileepan Paulraj, Merja Pakkanen, Petri Välisuo, Heli Koivuluoto, Patrik Eklund, Ricardo Fonseca, Dennis Bengs and Heidi Smart