Civieltechnisch Centrum Uitvoering Research en Regelgeving, (Centre for Civil Engineering Research and Codes), is an independent, non-profit making organisation. CUR occupies itself, since the start in 1952, with the development, acquisition and transfer of knowledge and experience in the broad field of civil engineering and infrastructure. CUR initiates, co-ordinates and disseminates joint research projects with public and private parties in the building process. At present approx. 200 R&D-projects are being performed.
The CUR is a knowledge network organisation contributing to a sustainable spatial and economic structure. Within this network many parties representing authorities, customers, trade and industry and knowledge institutions jointly direct the entire knowledge chain, from research programming to skilful application of the new knowledge. The end users always direct the activities.
COB, the Centre for Underground Construction is a member of the CUR network organisation. COB itself is an independent, non-profit making organisation consisting of public and private participants. An extensive research programme is focussing on the development of underground space usage in the Netherlands. The primary task of the COB is the creating of a permanent framework, within with a continuous flow of innovative product ideas is generated at the interface of involved disciplines from the COB-participants. The COB network consists of 29 participants, representing over 100 organisations.