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Excellence and innovation

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Continuous research

Fostering the project culture to raise technical and management standards is a long-term goal for TELT. For this reason, the company promotes, both inside and outside the company, the wealth of knowledge connected with the construction of the cross-border section and the base tunnel of the new Lyon-Turin railway line.

Sicurezza al Politecnico
A focus on research

Research activities are carried out in collaboration with national and international universities and study centres, through study projects, technical consultancy, masters, PhDs, internships and degree theses.

Fourteen French and Italian universities and research centres are currently involved. Thanks to these collaborations, TELT is building frameworks for cultural, social, technical and business growth.

In TELT, research and innovation play a fundamental role: only by increasing the wealth of knowledge inside and outside the company is it possible to develop such an ambitious project as the cross-border section and the base tunnel of the new Turin-Lyon railway line. Research and innovation in TELT are principally linked to the sector of major infrastructure and railway mobility, but also to the environmental sector, safety in the workplace, new technologies, control and certification processes, the legal and economic framework.

From benchmarking to shared knowledge

TELT has decided  to start a systematic benchmarking activity – the monitoring and measurement of activities and processes of leading companies in the sector – in order to learn about, capitalise upon, and borrow from experiences and comparative information at national and international levels.

The aim is to promote the culture of the project and acquire useful stimuli to raise the technical and managerial standard of the company, in the pursuit of continuous improvement.

Among others, TELT has analysed 72 infrastructure projects for road and underground railway tunnels in 5 continents and 11 international infrastructure projects in 3 continents relating to the reuse of excavated earth from railway, road and hydroelectric tunnels.

Following this phase of study and comparison, several collaborations have been initiated with international projects and companies that share with TELT the challenge of excellence.


Rail Baltica is a high-speed railway infrastructure megaproject in the three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), aiming to bridge the missing link between Finland in North and Poland in South. Rail Baltica will ensure a new economic corridor, post-Covid recovery and military mobility.


CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world’s leading laboratory for particle physics. It provides a unique range of particle-accelerator facilities enabling research at the forefront of human knowledge. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the universe is made of and how it works. Founded in 1954, CERN has 23 Member States, with other nations from around the globe contributing to and participating in its research programmes. The Laboratory has become a prime example of international collaboration, uniting people from all over the world in the quest to push the frontiers of science and technology for the benefit of all.


ITER is an international, large-scale scientific collaboration intended to prove the viability of fusion as an energy source, and to collect the data necessary for the design and subsequent operation of the first electricity-producing fusion power plant. To achieve this goal, seven countries (China, European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States), have joined forces to build the ITER Tokamak: the world’s largest Fusion Device. The seven Members have signed the ITER Agreement in 2006, and have agreed to share in every aspect of the Project: science, procurement, financing, staffing, intellectual property, etc.


LINKS aims to be the Italian reference point to give value to the intellectual property developed by academic research, to accelerate the technology transfer and to support the companies to boost their business. Our mission is to promote the interaction between the ecosystem made by research, start-ups, enterprises, Public Administrations and citizens. We enhance the innovation process also providing professional and financial support. We are the ones to call if you need to protect, to exploit and to bring into the market your intellectual property. We start in Turin, but we challenge the world.

Grand Paris


The SOCIÉTÉ DU GRAND PARIS is the public agency responsible for the conception and construction of the Grand Paris Express transport network, which aims to transform mobility in the metropolitan area of the French capital. The project includes 200 km of new rails and 68 new stations that will be in operation by 2030 with four regional automatic metro lines around Paris and the extension of two existing metro lines. The 4 new lines, 90% of which are built underground, will encircle the capital and provide connections to Paris' 3 airports, business districts and research clusters. The Grand Paris Express will serve 165,000 firms and transport 2 million commuters every day.

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