STUVA is an independent, private non-profit research institute founded in 1960. It deals with basic research and special projects mainly in the fields of urban transportation and underground construction e.g.:
special aspects of urban traffic (railway, mass transit, road and pedestrian traffic) in tunnels, on the surface and on elevated structures;
environmental protection against noise, vibration and exhaust fumes due to railway and road traffic;
tunnelling technology, especially: tunnel driving methods, tunnel structures and linings, waterproofing systems;
safety issues in tunnelling and tunnel operation, especially industrial safety, fire protection, operation conceptions;
underground services (micro-tunnelling) and utility tunnels.