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Sacyr Somague, awarded 'The Year in Infraestructure 2018' prize for the Foz Tua hydroelectric power plant (Portugal)

The implementation of BIM technology on this project has entailed an innovation in the way in which these types of complex infrastructure are developed.


Sacyr Somague has received the "The Year in Infrastructure 2018" award in the Energy Generation category for the project of the Foz Tua hydroelectric power plant (Bragança, Portugal). 

The award was presented by Bentley Institute, which, since 2004, rewards digitization advances in the infrastructure sector. Joana Menéres Pimentel de Melo, head of the BIM department at Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructure, accepted the trophy at a ceremony held in London. 

The award acknowledges the work of Sacyr Somague in this major engineering work, standing 108 meters high and 275 meters of enclosure that houses a 251 MW hydroelectric power plant. 

BIM implementation

The company implemented the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology as a component of innovation in the project. BIM enabled the optimization of the resources, as well as an improvement in the flow of information and work between the teams. The smart 3D model allowed Sacyr Somague to make the best decisions in the construction and installation phase, guaranteeing that the source of information was unique and constantly certifying its quality.

“The use of this technology enabled a smoother and more transparent communication, thanks to which we achieved an intangible benefit of great value: the customer’s trust through a more open and honest relationship," says Sacyr’s head of the BIM department.