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Innovation Channel

Canal Innovación

R+D+i

Sacyr sees technological innovation, research and development as factors crucial to business success. In a sector such as the Group's, where technology plays a major role in serving society and where advances in science, technology and innovation give added value, Senior Management believes that a Management System for R&D&I is a top priority and essential to competitiveness in business. 

For this reason, Senior Management firmly believes in introducing an R&D&I Management System which meets the requirements of the UNE 166.002 standard and is constantly improving in terms of efficiency. This commitment is shown in the definition and divulgation of this policy and in the assignation of the necessary human and technical resources. 

To make it easier to apply this policy to the company, measurable R&D&I targets are established every year and subsequently monitored to ensure that they are met. 

Senior Management makes sure that the Management System is efficient and is improving by means of annual reviews. This ensures that it adapts to the changing environment and the needs and expectations of customers, shareholders and employees. 

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DEPERITA: PERIMETER DETECTION SYSTEM FOR LINEAL TRAFFIC WORKS. Number of expedient: TSI-100503-2015-39

The aim of this project is to develop a system of perimeter control for linear infrastructure works. The proposed solution is to establish a virtual barrier around the perimeter of the work consists of beacons that will warn of possible intrusions into the perimeter using motion detectors. These beacons will be equipped with wireless connectivity to warn of these circumstances to the other elements of the work. Meanwhile, all employees will carry with them some warning devices, so they can receive these alerts and avoid potential dangers. These devices will also measure environmental parameters. These warning devices will be also developed in this project.

The proposed system for this project consists of three main elements: the detector beacons, the warning devices, and the wireless network to communicate with each other. These beacons will be battery powered. The individualized notice system for workers will be implemented in a wearable device type bracelet. The main requirement of these devices is to have wireless connectivity to receive notices of the beacons. One of the main objectives of this project is that the proposed solution is the least intrusive possible and cause the least possible inconvenience to the operators.

This project has been funded by el Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo of the Government of Spain, through the Call Acción Estratégica de Economía y Sociedad Digital (AEESD). The successful implementation of this project will allow VALORIZA CONSERVACIÓN DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS have a competitive advantage over its direct competitors.

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Development of an automatic control system of car occupancy to increase energy efficiency in toll motorways. “HOVIS” File number: TSI-100501-2014-1

This project pursues the development of an automatic control system of car occupancy in toll motorways in a safe and reliable way and respecting occupants´ privacy. Another aim is to improve energy and environmental efficiency, in other words, the sustainability in the movement of vehicles on roads, specifically at a critical point such as toll stations.

The system for controlling car occupancy will be the development and integration of several noninvasive sensing techniques. These nodes should be independently powered and for long periods of time, because the ideal is the nodes would not need to be replaced. Furthermore, communications between the sensors must be reliable and safe, because the sensors deal with important data.

The system will include a network of nodes (each node will integrate some sensors), a local processing module and a communication module.

For some years, the infrastructure maintenance sector has barriers to growth in the short and medium term.  That is why Valoriza Conservación de Infraestructuras opted for the diversification of its business few years ago, coming in, at first, in the management of different consortiums, and then it started to participate in a much more active role in the management of different private concession roads.

Having the system that we propose in this project would allow Valoriza Conservación de Infraestructuras not only a competitive advantage, but also a potential new market, the private concessions.

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Development of electronic safety control systems in construction sites using access control systems and integral occupational hazard management systems.

Sacyr Vallehermoso and Sacyr has developed during 2008 and 2009 on a R&D project called "Development of electronic safety control systems in construction sites using access control systems and integral occupational hazard management systems”. This project is financed by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce under the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2008-2011. .

The objectives are:

  1. Development of a biometric access system to identify people in order to avoid unwelcome visitors that could put safety in the worksites at risk. After evaluating different biometric recognition systems, the most adequate and efficient system will be chosen.
  2. Development of a centralised informatics tool that evaluates and interactively manages the occupational risk data of the personnel associated to each work centre.
  3. -Development of a control and tracking system for workers at construction sites with information on those who are working in an occupational hazard zone, which provides this information to those in charge of safety.

Thanks to these developments and our occupational hazard prevention policy, we will ensure that our construction works are more controlled and more secure for workers, reducing the risk of accidents.

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Tractor proyect to create content and tools to boost and optimisie R&D+i projects and investments in environmental protection

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Sacyr Vallehermoso, Banco Santander SA, Serikat Consultoría e Informática SA and Arosa Investigación y Desarrollo SL have developed a joint Project called the Tractor project to create content and tools to boost and optimise R&D+i projects and investments in environmental protection, co-funded by the Spanish Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Trade as part of the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2008-2011.

The project aims to create a tool to generate a culture of innovation in the business world (particularly in SMEs) and university settings that allows companies to make the most of innovative experiences, focus their business strategies, create research teams and encourage symbiosis between companies and universities.

It must also make R&D+i accessible to all SMEs, of whatever size and in whatever industry. Traditionally, only some industries or fairly large companies dedicated resources to research. However, this new tool must allow any company to invest in and benefit from the advantages of research, development and continuous innovation as a business value.

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Peanas

Sacyr has developed during the year 2008, the I+D+i project called “Project design, manufacture and installation of foundations and supporting structures of photovoltaic solar panels”, financed by the Ministry of Industry, tourism, trade, within the national plan scientific research, technological development and innovation 2008-2011 and part financed by FEDER funds.

Proyect objectives are:

  1. Development of a new foundation based on structural optimization, manufacturing process improvement and assembly of the structure and minorization environmental impact, resulting in the sustainability of the system..
  2. Improvements in the manufacture of a new solar tracker greater efficiency, lower costs and development of software.
  3. Optimization of the steel supporting structure supporting the solar panel, based on a study of wind patterns, optimizing the structure and reducing implementation costs
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Areco

Sacyr has developed during the year 2008, the I+D+i project called” Implementation techniques of construction waste”, financed by the Ministry of Industry, tourism, trade, within the national plan scientific research, technological development and innovation 2008-2011 and part financed by FEDER funds.

Proyect objectives are:

  1. Study, analysis and feasibility of implementation of construction and demolition waste RCD mixed (mixture of concrete and ceramic) in structural layers of pavement (gravel artificial, soil cement / or gravel cement and as aggregate for non structural concrete.
  2. Study, analysis and feasibility of application of sludge aggregates and cutting silestone and marble cutting sludge in hot mix asphalt and concrete self-compacting..
  3. Improvement technique applied to marginal soils and inadequate soil by white steelmaking slag for construction of embankments..
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Development of technological improvements applied on communications, auscultation systems and topographic stakeout.

Between 2009 and 2010, Sacyr Construction has developed the project entitled, “Development of technological improvements applied on communications, auscultation systems and topographic stakeout”, within the National framework for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation, 2008-2011, cofunded by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (MITT). 

The research project is jointly conducted in collaboration with the University of Malaga and the University of Jaen. This project has four main research lines, as described below:

  1. Development of an innovative system of intercommunication between GPS topographic systems with emphasis on GPRS/3G technology. This system provides significant advances regarding topographical control of multiple actions. 

  2. Development of an innovative system of topographical measuring on tunnels (TCS, Tunnel Continuous Setout). It will automatically perform tasks of stakeout and marking of control points through laser light projection, and it will also provide the excavation operators with accurate and continuous information, at the same time as excavation operations are conducted, to make excavation works easier and subsequently ensure improvements in final productivity.

  3. Development of an auscultation topographical system and reinforced earth walls. The chief objectives are the followings: To set out a system that allows a reduction of staff needed to cope with the project execution, continuous control of mounting, possible movements of the reinforced earth walls, detect time-lags on real-time execution and also to prevent flake displacements of greater than 3cm.

  4. Development of a new staking out topographical procedure with a high accuracy level and high productivity based on GPS technology. The pursued guidelines are the development of a highly advanced method based on GPS technology that allows the stakeout operations with a high level of accuracy and with higher rate of productivity. 

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Development of smart software for its application on topographical surveys of road pavements with emphasis on three-dimensional models. File number: tsi- 020100-2009-559

Between 2009 and 2010, Sacyr Construcción has developed another project entitled, “Development of smart software for its application in topographic surveys of road pavements with emphasis on three dimensional models”, within the National framework for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation, 2008-2011, co-funded by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (MITT). 

This project aims to develop new methods and algorithms that allow for the exploitation of a new technology of millimetric Global Position System (GPS), which helps enhancing the properties of the prototype previously developed in terms of accuracy and robustness. These objectives are based on three crucial areas:

  1. Real time communication between PC and GPSmm sensors.

  2. Mathematical development of different approaches of calculating vehicle orientation (pitching) through the installation of devices so that the third angle, which is not directly perceived, can be estimated as accurately as possible.

  3. Research and development of a new calibration method of position and orientation (6 degrees of freedom, 6DoF) of the laser sensors mounted on RoadBot vehicle.

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Development project for an advanced, innovative system for online control of effluent discharge to waterways. Nº expediente: tsi-020500-2010-391

Beginning in 2010 and continuing in 2011, Sacyr Vallehermoso SA and Alquimia Soluciones Ambientales SL haved developed on a joint R&D the project, file number IST-020500-210-391, has been funded by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, within the National Plan for Scientific Research, Technological Development and Innovation 2008-2011, and the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).

The goal of this project is to develop innovative automatic systems for online monitoring and measurement of the contamination parameters of wastewater generated by tunnel excavation and regulation of dumping operations. This project will develop:

  1. Systems for the rapid detection of pollutant concentrations in process water settling ponds for underground construction projects.
  2. Tools to automatically monitor the status of the parameters of those ponds, and to respond to deviations, with wireless, online transmission of all notifications.
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Innovate ICT tools for study, assessment and decision making in the geological storage of CO2. File number: tsi-080500-2011-43

Throughout 2011, 2012 and 2013, Sacyr Vallehermoso SA and Geología de Exploración y Síntesis SL have developed the R+D project referred to as “Innovative ICT tools for study, assessment and decision making in the geological storage of CO2”, co-funded by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce (Green ICT Avanza Sub-programme) within the 2008-2011 Domestic Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation..

A major environmental impact caused by the use of fossil fuels is increased concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2)in the atmosphere. This change can significantly increase global temperatures through the process known as the greenhouse effect. The overall aim of this project is to apply ICTs to the storage of CO2, by developing an advanced IT tool with web areas that enables multicriterial management of all the parameters and information of interest for the assessment of geological environments suitable for the storage of CO2.

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Integration of ICT solutions for analysing and implementing energy measures in buildings that improve energy balances and reduce the CO2 footprint. File number: tsi-080500-2011-42

Sacyr, S.A., Testa Inmuebles en Renta, S.A. and SINCEO2,Ingeniería Energética SL have developed the R+D project referred to as “Integration of ICT solutions for analysing and implementing energy measures in buildings that improve energy balances and reduce the CO2”, co-funded by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce (Green ICT Avanza Sub-programme) within the 2008-2011 Domestic Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation.

Changes in the regulation framework produced in the European Union and its transfer to Spanish legislation is giving rise to new requirements within the building sector and those aspects relating to energy consumption. It has therefore become vital to research and develop tools that enable us to control the energy consumption of buildings. The aim of the project is to develop software that enables us, through our knowledge of certain parameters within buildings, to calculate the actual energy savings in a quick and economic manner. With this in mind, the ultimate aim is to minimise energy consumption levels and thus reduce the impact of CO2 emissions from buildings by providing a new approach towards energy management within construction..

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Virtual 3D Globe for mobile devices based on a universal interface. Representation of 3D content, integration with scene services, OGC Standars and augmented reality systems.

Project developed by Sacyr with file no. TSI-020100-2011-332 and co-funded by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) – Subprograma Avanza Competitividad I+D+i (Avanza R&D&I Competitiveness Sub-programme) – within the framework of the 2008-2011 National Scientific Research, Development and Innovation Plan.

The aim is to develop an innovative system using virtual globes to visualise 3D scenes by generating an Open Source system, implementing standards-based access to 2D and 3D information services and ensuring accessibility via existing mobile device platforms. Its application focuses on civil engineering and construction (thematic cartography, layouts, design of buildings and infrastructures and terrain relief).



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ICT applied to corporate social responsibility (CSR) Innovative tools for drawing up and evaluating CSR reports on objective appraisal criteria. File number: tsi-080500-2011-45

Throughout 2011, 2012 and 2013, Sacyr, S.A. and Comasa, S.L. have developed the R+D project named “ICT applied to corporate social responsibility (CSR) Innovative tools for drawing up and evaluating CSR reports on objective appraisal criteria” co-financed by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (now the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) - Subprogramme “Avanza TICs Verdes” - as part of the 2008-2011 National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation.

Large, medium-sized and small companies become more competitive and improve their market positioning when they take up the CSR principle, understood as voluntary inclusion of social and environmental concerns in corporate affairs and in relations with stakeholders. The project focuses on developing innovative ICT tools to draw up CSR reports, evaluate and compare the reports on objective unique criteria, and extend their potential through specific social networks, forums and observatories. 

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Development of new computerised management systems for optimising procurement, inventories and vehicle stock management in infrastructure maintenance companies, reference: TSI-020502-2009-46

Project financed by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism as part of the 2008-2011 National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation.

Valoriza Conservación de Infraestructuras has great expertise in both the upkeep and maintenance of road networks and in managing road safety models, particularly in linear works where our extensive experience is a very valuable and prestigious asset. We are planners, maintenance specialists and builders, we form part of a major group which is very aware of the sector's needs, and we are able to offer efficient, real, innovative and interesting options.

We are equipped with a machinery fleet for infrastructure maintenance, mainly trucks, excavators and accessories, offering us an asset of strategic value. One of the permanent goals of our company is to ensure that this group of machinery assets is operated as efficiently as possible.

Until now, the acquisition and financial management of this machinery was carried out using support by appropriate ERP software to guarantee accurate accounting, and the management of repair and maintenance cycles. However, usage was planned, the destination was assigned, and the successive destinations of a piece of machinery were adjusted in such a way as to provide the longest possible time of service, all practically without any IT support: An engineer collected requests by telephone and assigned them using a spreadsheet.

The activity of VALORIZA CONSERVACIÓN DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS is divided into precise locations within Spain, areas where complete maintenance works are carried out, with coordination from company headquarters. Works in the area are managed in a centralised way in each one of these work centres. One of the organisational elements of these centres is a warehouse used to keep established stocks of materials or common components for carrying out upkeep, maintenance, refurbishment and improvement operations, elements such as tools, machinery, small-scale machinery, and elements considered to be fungible such as salt, brine and signposting and lighting elements.

Until this solution was developed, there was no system to make it necessary for a certain methodology to be followed in the inventory management of different works or maintenance projects, as each work or project could manage it in the way considered most fitting or appropriate. In most cases, this was done using very basic office management applications, and, in some cases, not even using software programs.

No matter what procedure was followed, and what tools were used by each maintenance centre for managing these stocks, it was carried out locally and in an isolated way in all cases; and the procedure for all work centres was never centralised, in other words, we lacked a continuous inventory or a systematic information cycle from the environment in which materials were used towards central services.

Taking all this into account, it is obvious that computerised management systems needed to be developed to allow us to optimise infrastructure upkeep and maintenance processes and the resources necessary for these operations.

VEHICLE STOCK: Until this project was developed, the machinery fleet of Valoriza Conservación de Infraestructuras was set out in a database created from a simple spreadsheet; this was used to register any useful information about it such as serial numbers, chassis numbers, license plates, taxes (amounts and payment dates), work on which presently used and history of works, acquisition date, acquisition amount, insurance (expiry dates and amounts), contact data of supplier from which it was bought, financial expenses arising from payment by leasing of this machinery, charges billed to works for their use (daily, weekly, monthly) etc. Because of the large number of units making up the vehicle stock, this simple way of managing vehicle stock by spreadsheet had become obsolete and was completely inefficient.

At the same time, a person other than the manager of the vehicle stock was responsible for entering all the financial data (assets, interests, depreciation, etc.) of all the machinery, there being no link whatsoever between the base of the machinery stock database and the accounting system.

Furthermore, in order to carry out any management task (request for machinery, consulting availability or the amount of the fee to be charged, etc.), the manager or employee of the work centre contacted the engineer responsible for machinery stock (who plans and calculates all these kinds of tasks manually) by telephone.

MANAGING WORK ORDERS AND INVENTORIES IN WORK CENTRES: The process used prior to the development of this project was usually as follows: After the tasks to be carried out by each team were defined, the teams would go to the warehouse to take out the material, tools, equipment, vehicles, etc. and after finishing the task, they would fill in a work order by hand, giving details of the activities carried out, and the material used.
These work orders were filed in paper format until the warehouse clerk or supervisor “keyed in” the information contained therein using basic tools, mainly spreadsheets, also indicating the daily consumption of material used in order to carry out a basic control, which was finally carried out with a physical inspection and manual counting of the material existing in the warehouse. In most cases, the work orders filed were never rechecked, and certainly not totally or partially converted to digital format.

Naturally, control of stocks in the warehouses was not only inaccurate but was also slow and carried out in isolation, and thus when the central offices needed to have this information they always depended on the willingness of the clerk in the work centre.

The system carried out in this project has completely changed these procedures, because now the employee fills in his work order in a simple and quick manner from a computer workstation with touch screen, also indicating the materials, equipment and machinery taken out of the warehouse to carry out his tasks. On return to the maintenance centre, the components returned to the warehouse are recorded in this same file. The computer workstation not only generates the compulsory work order to be signed by the employee's hierarchical superior but the system also automatically subtracts the used elements from the inventory. The system also allows other workers in the centre to have a dynamic and accurate view of the arrangement of machinery and other components which, because of their high cost, have to be shared by the different work teams.

Once the system proved to be as successful as was expected, it was successfully implemented in all the Company's work centres.

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Design and construction of a prototype for surveying road conditions: TSI-100101-2013-160

To be able to submit tenders for a road maintenance contract, sound knowledge of the sector is required. Currently, there is no technology that assists in performing this task.
The methodology currently followed involves travelling along the roads that comprise the sector and surveying conditions by mean of a video recording or photographic report, there being no other way of acquiring additional information.
The purpose of the project is to develop a data acquisition and processing system that allows the road survey methodology to be automated in the infrastructure maintenance industry. This system will present the following advantages:
- Optimisation of the company's human resources due to process automation.
- Improvement of the service provided. The automation of data collection will result in much greater accuracy compared with the methodology currently employed. The proposed system will integrate a large volume of data in very small fractions of time.
- Generation of a pothole inventory, the state of expansion joints, altimetric profiles, thermal maps, etc.
- Substantial improvement in the quality of status reports, inventory asset management, etc.

The developed system will have the following architecture:
- Central embedded system: based on a high-performance microcontroller and a video coprocessor. It will house both the communications and control software and graphic display.
- Communications system. It will use wireless communications in the ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band as no licence is required for this band.
- Sensors: high-definition camera, sensors, altimeter, accelerometer, ambient temperature and humidity. GPS, hygrometer and microphone.
- Monitoring software: Comprises all the sensor controllers (including camera image processing), information integration and suitable storage in an SD memory.
- Graphic display: Will be able to be displayed on a CAD drawing or on a processed video.

The central node is controlled by the main microcontroller. This will be a high-performance and low-consumption microcontroller for its inclusion in a simple-to-operate system with no heat dissipation problems. In the choice of device, all the interfaces that need to be managed will have to be considered, as well as the existence of the necessary hardware controllers (serial communication, storage, acquisition systems, etc.). This module's function is to control all the other function modules. Both the main program and all the device controllers will be housed therein.


The most critical task as regards processing capacity is video image processing. It must be possible to add different identifying labels to each one of the images to indicate the detected incidents. To ensure the processing of this task does not affect the overall system performance, it is considered necessary to use a video coprocessor that performs all the functions relating to image processing, thus saving the main microcontroller this task. The main processor and the video coprocessor can be included on a single integrated circuit or be separate, depending on design considerations.
An essential module for system integration is the ISM communications module. This module should allow communication with all the sensor nodes in the vehicle at the necessary bit rate in a secure and reliable manner.

To simplify the communications protocol, bearing in mind that the required bit rates for this application are not very high, a proprietary protocol will be used based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, applying cognitive abilities when selecting different working frequencies. All working frequencies shall be in the ISM bands (433 MHz, 868 MHz and 2.4 GHz) as they do not require a licence.
Another module that must be designed is the one responsible for data acquisition. The integration of a camera into the system will allow pre-filtering of the images, adapting the information in real time and improving the image features. This acquisition system will be controlled by the coprocessor to allow dynamic control of the system, variable during run time.

The storage module will have the necessary capacity to house all the programs required for system operation, as well as the series of digitalised images during the inspection. It will consist of non-volatile storage memory modules based on FLASH technology for saving the images and control programs, and volatile modules of shorter access time to improve the running of the system and communication between the two processors.

As a user interface, firstly it will have a microphone with the full corresponding sound adaptation stage for recording the technician throughout the inspection. The sound will be integrated with the image files in real time. Furthermore, by means of a touch screen, the technician will be able to associate specific labels to the video that is being recorded that will be useful for subsequent viewing or integration into another system.

Furthermore, by means of the information-dump module, it will be possible to extract the information from the system once the images are processed. The use of an IEEE 802.11 wireless system is suggested and, in addition, a wired USB system as redundancy and so that it can be used with computers without a wireless interface.

Lastly, the power supply system (PS) that will power the device throughout the inspection. The design of a small uninterruptible power supply system is suggested that will allow the safe shutting down of the system when the vehicle's electrical supply is cut for any reason.

All the sensor nodes will be made up of the same modules, although each one of them will have different features depending on the specific sensor and its location. The signal adaptation module will convert the physical sensor signal to the control module's digital signal, and will include sampling and amplification if necessary. This module will vary considerably from one sensor to another, and will have to be adapted to each specific one.

Both the microcontroller and the radio frequency transceiver will be the same in all the sensor nodes. The microcontroller will be a low-cost and low-consumption device, with the necessary interface to control the transceiver and acquire the signals from the sensors. The operations that it needs to perform are not particularly complex, therefore its processing capacity need not be high. The radio frequency transceiver will enable communication with the central module, using individual addresses for each one of the nodes. The choice of communication channel and the means of carrying out the communication will be adaptive, depending on the environment and bit-rate demands at the specific time.

The power supply module will essentially depend on the need and the possibility of the power supply being autonomous (by means of batteries); alternatively, the vehicle power supply system can be used. In both cases, voltage regulation will be necessary to adapt it to the levels of the electronics used.

In the table below, the different sensors to be integrated into the system are shown, along with the necessary requirements and some of the possibilities that will be explored for the final design decision.

As regards the software architecture, we also have to consider the central node and the sensor nodes.

The following figure shows the software architecture of the central node.
It will be based on an Operating System that will include a real-time patch necessary for data acquisition. Within the operating system kernel are the controllers necessary for all the system's hardware devices: SPI, SD, USB, LCD. By means of these controllers, the system will use the hardware in a transparent manner. The real-time patch will be responsible for acquisition and communication with the video coprocessor. Lastly, the main application will run in the user space, responding both to user actions and to sensor detection.

The sensor nodes will not have an operating system as their processing capacity is smaller and neither task planning nor software abstraction is necessary. The manufacturer's libraries will be used for the radio transceiver in order to avoid compatibility problems.


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Development of an ICT TOOL for imrpving the management of winter road vehicles: TSI-100502-2013-69

Currently, snow-clearing machinery consists of a standard works lorry to which snow-clearing implements are attached. The controls for these implements are connected to the cab by very rudimentary means; the controls use basic or very basic technology that do not provide the driver with any information on the state of the road surface or the actual amount of ice-melting material being applied.

By the same token, the operators that use these machines do not usually have the sufficient knowledge required to carry out specific actions in the event of emergency.

For this reason, the solution that is proposed is a clear technological opportunity for a digital tool that, in a simple manner and in real time, will identify and convey all the influencing factors in this type of task to the machinery operators, ensuring minimum risk, increasing the efficiency of the work and maximising the safety of citizens and operators. At the same time, it will improve publicly managed mobility operations in areas with adverse weather conditions.


The overall project aim is to develop an ICT tool for application in snow-clearing machinery based on automatic data acquisition systems using sensors for real-time decision-making, which will improve public management and operations involving snow removal work, and increase the safety of road users and operators.

More specifically, the project covers two lines of work:

  1. The design of a system based on a network of sensors that enable information to be provided in real time on the state of the road surface (moisture, salinity, temperature, state of the water present on the road surface) and environment (altitude, air speed and temperature, location of the masses of ice-melting material in the spreader, actual dosing, etc.), which will enhance the safety of these vehicles.
  2. The development of a system capable of providing the operator with the methodology to follow at all times and in every situation by means of a smart system to aid decision-making.
    This solution includes:
  • The development of new instrumentation capable of conveying real-time information to the driver in an intuitive manner and without distracting him or her from driving.
  • The development of algorithms for real-time decision-making.
  • The design of software for calculating load distribution.
  •  The design of a system for the automatic moving of loads

The developed system will have the following architecture:

- Central embedded system: based on an ARM11 high-performance, low-cost and low-consumption microcontroller, with a real-time operating system. It will house both the communications and control software, the inference engine and graphic display.
- Communications system: Wireless communications will be used in the ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band as this band does not require a licence and CAN in the case of machinery that can be wired, as it is a highly robust communications bus.
- Sensors to be integrated: air and asphalt relative humidity, asphalt and ambient temperature, acceleration, pressure sensors, speed, flow meter, thermographic camera and friction coefficient.
- Actuators to be integrated: Hydraulic motors for the hopper.
- Monitoring software: Comprises all the sensor controllers and information integration in real time.
- Inference engine: A learning system will be applied so that decisions, made automatically and modified by the driver, are fed back into the inference system.
- Graphic display: The display will be on a TFT or LCD built into the cab.
The following diagram shows the possible location of the sensors (circles), actuators (triangles) and display system (square).
The central embedded system will house all the software for communications with the sensors and actuators, the inference engine and the graphic display. If the machine can be wired, a wired CAN communications bus will be used or, alternatively, a radio-frequency system if wiring is not possible. In the following diagram, the modules that comprise the system, both in the wired and wireless versions, can be seen.

Both configurations have a main module, which is the ARM11 controller where all the software is housed. In the case of the wired solution, the microcontroller chip will contain the CAN bus controller. Furthermore, there is the display module that will support the format necessary to display the information to the driver in an appropriate manner. Lastly, the power supply (PS) module which adapts the energy levels provided by the machine to the system.

As regards the sensor/actuator nodes, there are again two solutions, depending on whether they are wireless or wired. The difference between the two types of sensor nodes lies in the radio-frequency transceiver module for the wireless case, which will be replaced by the CAN controller in the wired solution, and in the power supply module. In the wired solution, the power supply is taken from the data bus node itself, whereas in the wireless node, the power supply must be provided by lithium batteries, therefore the power supply module varies from one solution to the other.


An integral part of bringing the project to fruition is the interaction with the user, i.e. the machine operator. Through a display module, the system will notify the driver of the state of the road, even in conditions when the road surface is completely covered by snow, the actions that the machine recommends and it will allow the driver to control the actuators manually. By means of direct user feedback, different display profiles will be defined, so that the user can adapt the system view to his or her liking.

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Development of Long-Life a sphalt Recycled Pavements Convocatoria Retos 2015. RTC -2015-3833-4

Autonomous Mobile unit to renewable energy production. (AURORA.
The aim of the project is to develop a new high-performance asphalt material, manufactured a low temperature (less than 100ºC), and a recycling rate up to 100% achieving a recycled asphalt mixes  with suitable properties for use in any type of pavement.
These half-warm recycled asphalt mixtures that applies low temperatures at the production (90-100ºC) have economic and environmental benefits derived from temperature reduction, in addition to the intrinsic advantages of reuse milling material from deteriorated asphalt pavement, thus avoiding the accumulation of RAP (reclaimed asphalt pavement) while a notable decrease is obtained in the consumption of raw materials (aggregates and bitumen) during the construction of new bituminous pavement.

Coordinator: Sacyr Construcción 

Partner: University of Granada

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EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR ROAD SAFETY – EASYSAFE Project reference: RTC-2015-3893-4

The main objective of the project is to promote technological development, innovation and quality research.

EASYSAFE Project consists of the development of a low-cost monitoring system based on a wireless sensor network with high autonomy and low maintenance requirements. The aim of the project is to improve safety on the roads, paying particular attention to the following scenarios:

  1. Presence of fauna in roadway/ Fauna risk approach. The system will be capable of detecting the presence of fauna on the road or outside the road but with a path such that generates risk of invasion. After the detection, the system will activate different notifications able to warn drivers to reduce speed and use extreme caution. In addition, the system can alert you to potential foreign objects on the road.
  2. Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. The system will be able to avoid collisions due to vehicles circulating in the opposite direction by detecting, alerting the user who is invading the opposite lane and warning other users of what precautions to take, in order to increase caution. The system will guide the driver who is driving in the opposite direction by using light signals until his stop in a safe area.
  3. Intersections and junctions with poor visibility. The system will detect the approach of each vehicle to the intersection, and, depending on the vehicle speed, it will detect the real risk of collision. The sensors will activate the variable- message sign systems as a warning, informing users for extreme caution.

This project has been funded by el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad of the Government of Spain, within the National Programme for Research Aimed at the Challenges of Society through the Call Retos-Colaboración 2015. With the successful implementation of this project, VALORIZA CONSERVACIÓN DE INFRASTRUCTURAS will acquire new knowledge and skills that will be an essential competitive advantage. The development of this project will also increase the security at such a critical area as the roads.

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Design and development of models for the calculation and sizing of geothermal borehole heat exchange systems with active glazing for sustainable buildings. (GEOGLASS ENERGY)

The objective of this project is to design, develop, and validate experimentally several numerical modeling methods that facilitate new tools for architects and engineering studios that allow them to include in an easy and reliable way for the technology of Geothermal Borehole Heat Exchange systems, and to develop and implement non stationary and passive models for active glazing in new building projects.

The result will be a tool that can size and carry out parametric studies of geothermal systems with active glazings in an easily and efficiently way and at reasonable times, thanks to which it is expected to encourage engineers and architects to incorporate this technology into their projects. This will promote the use of geothermal renewable energy, which is little known and used at national level, together with active glazings, leading to great environmental benefits and significantly reduced associated costs.

The project is developed in the form of a consortium, acting Sacyr Industrial as leader of the partnership consortium and being CYPE Ingenieros, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Universidad de Cantabria the remaining partners. The project started in 2011 and it is ending in the first quarter of 2015. The project has been funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation within the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development, and Technological Innovation, 2008-2011, particularly in the Subprogram INNPACTO, with the reference number IPT-2011-0877-920000.

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Small wind proyect "promotion of low-power wind Technology"

I n 2008 and 2009, Sacyr Vallehermoso SA, Cafestore SA, In-Nova Programa de Innovación Internacional SL, Loistespiral SL, and the Robotiker Foundation jointly executed the R&D project called the Small wind power project "Promotion of low-power wind technology", sub-project SP3.3: "Installation and demonstration of small wind power measurement systems in urban settings", co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development, and Technological Innovation 2008-2011.
The project covers a group of interrelated R&D activities that are aimed at achieving the goal of creating a technological sector dedicated to competitive low-power wind energy from the technical and economic points of view.

The projects goals are to:

  1. Increase the viability of national low-power wind technology for use in all types of applications, connected to the grid, isolated, installed on support towers, or on rooftops, or in innovative applications such as hydrogen production or water desalination.
  2. Promote the collaboration among all participating entities to reduce the specific cost of low-power wind turbines and increase the efficiency and reliability of the technology for distributed wind generation with rated power output of up to 100 kW, promoting the use of this technology in both isolated and grid connected applications.
  3. In short, the goal is to create an "Innovative Small Wind Power Sector" among scientific-technical entities, consultants, engineering firms, installers, and manufacturers.
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File No. IPT-380000-2010-016

Sacyr Vallehermoso SA is participating in joint development of the project "Development and Validation of a World-Class Methodology for Assessment and Inter-comparison of the Level of Sustainability in Buildings", together with Ferrovial Agroman SA, Novotec Consultores SA, LKS Ingeniería S. COOP., the Instituto Tecnológico of Galicia and the University of Alicante. This project is co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, within the 2008-2011 National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation.

The building sector is responsible for 40% of the energy consumed in the European Union and for similar levels of CO2 emissions, as well as for 20% of the water used. The main benefits of evaluating sustainability in buildings are as follows:

  1. Demonstrating the policy of corporate responsibility in organisations
  2. Improving functionality, flexibility and durability of buildings
  3. Boosting the satisfaction of building users (3.5% higher occupation rate)
  4. Increasing the value of properties (7.5%) and revenue (3%).
  5. Reducing operating and maintenance costs (7% - 8%)

The goal of the project is the development and validation of a world-class method for assessing and inter-comparing the level of sustainability at individual (a building) and urban (communities or groups of buildings) levels. This method, based on the BREEAM assessment system, will be used in both design stages as well as at commissioning.

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Asymetrical earth containment systems por more sustainable construction. File No: ipt-2011-1485-420000

Project funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and co-funded by the European Union through the Operational Programme “R&D&I for and by Enterprises (Technology Fund)” of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Project Description

The piles currently employed in virtually all works have longitudinal reinforcement frames that vary in number depending on the stresses to which they are subjected. These steel rods are uniformly arranged along the internal perimeter of the rims that constitute its transversal reinforcement, as it is easier to control on site the placement of symmetrical reinforcement.

The overall aim of the project is the real-scale development and validation of a new structural optimisation technique called RSD, or Reinforcement Sizing Diagrams, to be applied to structural elements of reinforced concrete, particularly pile screens, in order to optimise the materials (asymmetrical reinforcement) and processes employed as well as improve performance and solve certain problems that have been detected in this type of elements.

Leader: Sacyr SAU
Partner: University of Granada

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Study of the properties of recycled aggregates originating from C&DW, RAP, and BS, for application in linear infraestructure works. File No: ipt-2011-1658-310000

Project funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and co-funded by the European Union through the Operational Programme “R&D&I for and by Enterprises (Technology Fund)” of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Project Description

The use of recycled aggregates (RA) mainly originating from construction and demolition waste (C&DW), as well as the application of slag from biomass treatment plants (BS) or recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), in linear infrastructure works is currently far less widespread than in the rest of Europe.

The overall aim is to assess different processed waste, C&DW, BS and RAP, in order to set up protocols for applying to various aspects of linear infrastructure works; for example, base materials for roads such as soil-cement and gravel or applications using non-structural concrete.

Leader: Sacyr SAU
Partner: University of Cordoba

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Development and recovery of biomass waste in the manufacture of tituminous mixtures. File No ipt-2011-1577-420000

Project funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and co-funded by the European Union through the Operational Programme “R&D&I for and by Enterprises (Technology Fund)” of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Project Description

The fillers currently used for bituminous mixtures are cement, limestone and thermal ash. The problem is that some of these fillers are scarce (thermal ash) and others are expensive (cement), so the only cost-efficient option is limestone.

The aim of the project is to develop an effective system for exploiting waste generated in the biomass industry (biomass fly ash and biomass slag) in the spheres of road construction and, more specifically, the manufacture of bituminous mixtures, as well as develop a plan of action to allow the continuity of such exploitation. The benefits would be numerous. For instance, there would be a reduction in the dumping of these materials on landfill sites and materials that are currently waste products would become available on the market.

Leader: Sacyr SAU
Partner: University of Granada

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Sustainable Urban Roads. File No.: IPT- 2012-0316-370000

Project funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and co-funded by the European Union through the Operation Programme “R&D&I for an Enterprises (Technology Fund) of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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The aim of the project is to investigate and development of half-warm mix recycling asphalt for binder layers in urban roads that contribute to increase the sustainability of the urban areas through the reuse of high technical and economic value materials and reduction in energy consumption and in GHG emissions in their manufacturing process.

Leader: Sacyr Construction

Partners: Repsol, University of Cataluña and University of Huelva.

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Development of a new intelligent robotic system, applied to the mechanical-biological treatment in the treatment plants of Urban Solid Waste. File: IDI-20150170

The main objective of the project is to develop a new intelligent robotic system that allows to provide a solution in complex work environments for human beings, as with the plants of Mechanical-Biological Treatment.

The Mechanical-Biological Treatment (MBT) is a technology for the pre-treatment of urban solid waste and special handling. MBT combines the classification and mechanical and biological treatment of the organic part of the waste. The main purpose of this system is to eliminate contaminants that could affect the atmosphere and the subsoil.

The current MBT facilities present certain deficiencies in the process, so it becomes essential to develop a system capable of processing all solid fractions, such as paper, cardboard, metals, plastics or glass, into a single flow line , in an accurate, automatic way, with guarantees that the processing of said fractions is effective.

As objectives associated with the development of the intelligent robotic system, it is expected to substantially increase the productivity and efficiency of the waste treatment process, increasing the speed of the work and the precision of the process.

The project has the collaboration, in the form of subcontracting, of the University of Zaragoza and the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

This project has been co-financed by the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Pluriregional Operative Intelligent Growth Program.

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Calibration of Skid-Resistance Predictor by Accelerated Pavement Test at full scale. Evaluation of roads anti-skid solutions. (SRP Project).

The overall objective of the project is to develop its own know-how to predict at laboratory level, what are the macrotexture values and skid resistance of the bituminous mixtures to be manufactured by Sacyr Construcción for its roads.

In order to achieve that objective, the following tasks have to be undertaken:

  • Fine-tune a prototype called SRP (Skid Resistance Predictor), to polish test specimens at the laboratory level.
  • Be able to calibrate the values of slip resistance obtained with the DF Tester on worn specimens with the SRP prototype.
  • Study which is the best solution among those available in the market to rehabilitate roads that do not meet the minimum slip resistance required by the regulations.

The project is led by Sacyr Construcción and has the collaboration, in the modality of subcontracting of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

The project has been approved by the Center for Technological and Industrial Development, an agency under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

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Development of fog mitigation equipments for roads and others applications (NIEBLA8)

The overall goal of the project is to provide an innovative solution related to the design and implementation of fog mitigation system on the highway A-8, between Mondoñedo to Xesta (Lugo).

The proposal made by Sacyr Construcción has involved the design, development and implementation of a device that enhances the visibility conditions such as fog.

The geographic location of the section of study and specially its orientation with respect to the winds, make the solution proposed in this project, a cost-effective solution.

In addition the proposal allows another series of devices that could be complementary solutions of aid to driving or accident detection measures

The approved budget for the project was € 252,031.00, with public funding of € 214,226.35 and a nonreimbursable tranche of 20%

This project has been funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), through the granting of aid co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Multi-Regional Operational Program for Intelligent Growth.

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DIGITIZING OF THE TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT OF PROJECTS AND OF COST CONTROL PROCESSES IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR. (DIGIPRO).

The general objective of this project is the digitalization of the processes of Technical Control of Project Management and Control of Costs in Sacyr Construcción through:

  • First, the implementation and validation of a multiplatform software designed specifically for EPC Project Management that allows us to automate the work processes, and thus improve the Project Management Technical Control. Specifically, the EPC Tracker software was chosen winner of the Sacyr Group Innovation Awards in the 2015 annuity.
  • Second, the development of a new functionality for cost control, with which to manage the daily productivity on site, through digital telematic means, in real time, to improve the system of control of costs and productivity currently used in Sacyr Construcción.

This project has been funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), through the granting of aid co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Multi-Regional Operational Program for Intelligent Growth. 

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Design and development of BIM technologies for validation and management of road construction projects, their exploitation and the management of the safety of these road infrastructures. (ROAD-BIM).

The objective of the ROAD_BIM project is to achieve a more efficient development of the road construction projects throughout its useful life by applying BIM technology in the processes of information management required for its implementation.

The partners in this project are: Sacyr Construcción company of international scope and with extensive experience in projects of highways; Técnica y Proyectos (TYPSA) company that will contribute its knowledge in projects of highway engineering, as well as its experience in Analysis of Life Cycle And Road Safety; Aplitop SME specializing in software solutions for the civil engineering sector, will bring its extensive experience in the development of computer applications specifically designed for use in linear infrastructures projects; and Apogea, a newly created SME company specializing in BIM technology, Who will contribute his knowledge in this matter for the configuration of the exchange format BIM for roads, participating in close collaboration with Aplitop, as developers of the computer applications.

This project has been funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), through the granting of aid co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Multi-Regional Operational Program for Intelligent Growth. 

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Development of a new system to determine the thermal properties of the ground in thermoactive foundations. File: IDI-20150169.

The main goal of the project consist of the development of a new system that expects the estimation of ground thermal properties obtained from the heat generated during setting and hardening concrete in building foundation.

The objectives of the project are posed aiming a response to each of the three phenomena that govern the thermal process:

  • Thermal characterization of concrete used during diaphragm wall execution and, in general, of thermoactive foundations, during its hardening.
  • Identify the factors that determine thermal performance of contact surface.
  • Design a test in its new location and determine a method to obtain ground thermal parameters.

The project has the collaboration of the University of Cantabria through a subcontracting form.

This project has been co-financed by CDTI and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Pluri-regional Operational Program for Intelligent Growth.

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Development of low-cost modular simulators applied to mining machinery industry "SIMMIR" Projetc number: IDI-20151073

The main objective of this project is the development and operation of a virtual training center, based on low or very low cost simulators. These simulators are focused on training workers of mining machinery.

A new construction method will be developed for manufacture simulators of 180 immersion and platforms of 3 degrees of freedom, at a cost of between 5 and 7 times lower and based on RIRO technologies (roll in, roll out).

The project aims to develop and build simulators for three different machines: backhoe loaders, wheeled front loader and dump truck. Classroom training focusing on these machines will be also developed.

This method will minimize maintenance costs, because the simulators will consist of several modules, largely shared between the simulators of different machines. No special training will be needed for replacement these modules. Getting a low cost of manufacture and maintenance, we will directly reduce operating costs, which will result in a lowest cost per hour of training. Because of this, the company will provide quality training to a greater number of workers. This low maintenance costs will allow that more units can be manufactured and cover a larger geographic spectrum.

The simulator will be updated via Internet or downloadable. These updates will optimize the operation of the simulation systems, resulting in a continuous improvement of the performance of virtual training center, increasing the performance of the mining workers.

At the end of the project, Valoriza Minería will have the more advanced training center in the industry. This virtual training center will allow Valoriza Minería to reach incomparable training standards in the use of mining machinery and in the optimization of material loading and haulage operations.

The project has been approved by the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development, an agency under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

The aid is financed under the ERDF funds from the European Union.

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Development of a prototype automated system of vertical drilling holes for the Mining Industry. Project number: IDI-20150286

The main objective of this project is the development of an automated system for vertical drilling of blast holes for its use in narrow vein mining.

These deposits are a challenge from the point of view of their operation, with less than 3 meters veins, with strong and variable dips and presence of faults. These deposits represent an important and valuable source of metals (gold, silver, antimony, copper, etc.).

This system will allow Valoriza Minería to sequence the drilling operation under conditions of limited space and accessibility, allowing mechanized drilling, usually done by hand drilling. It will also reduce the time of exposure of workers to potentially dangerous conditions, increasing their security conditions on the mine.

Valoriza Minería will develop a system in which automated drilling is implemented. This system will generate labels containing the information and data relating to the drilling. The machine will automatically locate the labels, and it will order in a logical sequence of drilling. After that, the machine will read the information that the labels contain and it will drill without human intervention.
In addition, the system will operate on no consolidated ground, composed mostly of materials from previous blasts. Because of this, the system is going to use a chassis of light and resistant materials.

The use of this cutting edge technology will allow the recovery of abandoned mining activities by technical failure or low profitability, and on the other hand, it will increase the production in mines with similar characteristics; so having this system, Valoriza Minería will have a clear competitive advantage over other mining companies.

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Advanced and sustainable developments for efficient road pavement rehabilitation techniques.

The project Repair 2.0, aims to develop new technologies and methodologies to support infrastructure management and allow rehabilitate and maintain any type of road to lower economic and environmental costs, improving their adaptation to climate change.

In REPAIRS 2.0, new bituminous mixes recycled at rates of up to 100%, which are of similar mechanical performance to hot mixes, suitable for high capacity roads, obtained with low power consumption and low more sustainable and resilient will be developed generation of emissions and fabricated environment technologies (cold) temperature, which will be a world first.

It will explore how to get sonoreductores make new pavements by using recycled mixtures manufactured at less than 100 ° C, which, in addition to noise reduction, do not exhibit durability problems associated with such mixtures. the development of mixtures with capacity regenerate itself is also contemplated and explore new solutions to get more resilient roads tackle climate change, as based on pavements employing asphalt mixtures with low heat retention or greater level of solar reflectance or albedo, specially designed to combat the heat island linked to global warming in cities effect.

test sections with embedded sensors that allow continuous monitoring of the variables that can affect the degradation firm through new wireless autonomous and able to be recharged wirelessly and transmit real-time sensors are deployed. These sections are auscultarán using a novel high-performance system for determining gaps and defect detection. also includes the study of new dynamic weighing systems capable of detecting with the required precision load carrying heavy vehicles, real cause of the deterioration of road pavements.

New technologies and materials related to this project will be analyzed and characterized from the point of view of its environmental performance, making the corresponding life-cycle assessment LCA for all associated with different strategies for rehabilitation and maintenance of roads raised in the draft REPAIRS 2.0 compared to traditional.

To ensure that new technologies developed here come to market as soon as possible, specific software to design new pavements of the future with this type of technology following the models of traditional calculation as those based on the known methods recursive-increment will be developed that predict in time, more roughly, what are the mechanisms of deterioration are suffering pavements. These models will feed the data provided by a sensor developed under the project which will transmit them to a remote information collection center where Big Data techniques apply.

The project is led by the company SACYR CONSTRUCTION in cooperation with its partners, REPSOL, ACCIONA INFRAESTRUCTURAS, CEMOSA, CHM Works and Infrastructure, INZAMAC, Iriscene EC and SOLID FOREST. The project has been approved by the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development, an agency under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, within the Program HUNDRED.

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Prospection, monitoring and advanced inspection of infrastructure and Constructions by developing of enabling technologies (PANDORA)

In this project the development of a solution that allows obtaining information of high added value, based on aerial and ground unmanned systems heterogeneous, both autonomous and remotely piloted be addressed. This technology provides significant operational benefits: accessibility (I), and flexibility (II), in addition to increasing safety levels, reducing the risks of staff, which for example must inspect the reasons why there has been a collapse in a tunnel.

A specific system of sensors multivehicle, based on LIDAR technology and high-resolution vision and integrated into the solution, which will provide this versatility (iii) to address any imaginable use case is also developed. This system can be integrated both in a manned vehicle as unmanned, be it air (UAVs) or ground (UGV).

Under the project, the use of a UAV and a UGV as  autonomous indoors vehicles for inspection and mapping without GNSS signal as instruments on which transport the sensor system developed arises. The fact consider two vehicles is due both to establish benchmarks to ensure the reliability of the data obtained in such inaccessible locations, like check the suitability of the platform and sensors for use in different vehicles. This suppose to develop a navigation system for advanced interior that will use the same sensor system that constitutes the payload for positioning and navigation in these environments.

Apart from obtaining information with high added value both qualitatively and quantitatively, PANDORA, it is a project proposed for the resulting products must be applied immediately in the market, addresses the exploitation, representation and interpretation of the in-situ information.

Therefore, the Pandora project will develop software applications based on virtual and augmented reality to make use of different compatible display devices to provide relevant information on the ground that allows to evaluate, monitor and control the status of a construction. These applications allow the creation of new virtual scenarios, with the incorporation of the construction elements. These applications also allow a tour in cabinet on the scene generated, allowing interaction with the elements that compose it, without occupation the target area, that is, it will facilitate the work of both the construction itself and in remote locations.

The project is led by the company Sacyr Construction in cooperation with its partners, Aplitop and ATyges. The project has been approved by the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development, an agency under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, within the INNTERCONECTA Program.

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Autonomous Mobile unit to renewable energy production. (AURORA)

The aim of the project is to design, construction and implementation of a technology demonstrator based on a mobile autonomous power generation unit from hybridization techniques using renewable energy sources.
The principal features of this technology demonstrator are: mobile unit, easily portable worldwide; autonomous, its functioning doesn’t depends on electric network or costly supply infrastructures; Does not generate noise or high temperatures during its operation.
This unit comprises four different types of electricity generators based on renewable energy: photovoltaic, wind, fuel cell and also an electrolyzer to produce hydrogen.
In addition, the unit has metallic hydrides tanks for hydrogen storage and a battery bank to support energy generation systems from renewable sources field, mainly wind, photovoltaic energy and fuel cell.

This Project is led by Sacyr Construcción in cooperation with its partners KEMTECNIA y ARIEMA. The project has been approved by the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development, an agency under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, within the INNTERCONECTA Program.

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Design and development of a new energy techonoly based on deep gothermal exchangers with advanced materials and grouts (Geothermdeep)

The objective of this project is to develop an HVAC system based on geothermal heat exchangers that overcomes existing space limitations. To achieve this objective the use of deep geothermal boreholes, that exceed the typical 100m depth of actual boreholes, is expected. 

A significant reduction of the total number of geothermal boreholes required in a building will be possible with drillings of more than 500 m deepness, which implies a significant reduction in the free area required for drilling when compared to the area required nowadays. The use of deep boreholes will also improve the energy efficiency of the HVAC system, particularly the COP (“Coefficient of Performance”) of the heat exchanger pump, since at those depths the ground temperature is quite higher than at a depth of 100 m. Furthermore, within the framework of the present project, a new type of high performance grouting material will be developed. With this aim, new advanced additives such as carbon nanomaterials will be studied, selected, and/or developed in order to obtain grouts with improved thermal, mechanical, and hydraulic properties.   

The result of the project will be a truly renewable HVAC system, specially designed for residential and tertiary buildings located in densely populated urban areas. This will allow Sacyr Industrial to offer building owners a real and sustainable alternative to condensation boilers, whose implantation in urban areas is taking place at a vertiginous growth rate in the last years. Thus, despite its greater energy efficiency when compared to conventional boilers, they don’t represent a definitive solution due to the fact that they still relay on fossil fuels.

The project counts with the participation, in the form of subcontracting, of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the University of Cantabria, and the company Norwegian Graphite AS.

This project has been funded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) for the period 2009-2014, called EEA-Grants, with the reference number IDI-20140968.

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Research and development of new technology to recycling of building and demolition waste (BDW) into innovative applications.

The main objective of this Project is to develop an innovative product technology and process application that allow recycling of building and demolition waste (BDW) into pre-fabricated concrete elements and concrete build on site.

Another important objective of this project is to analyze and adjust the best practices to performance concrete structures with recycled aggregates.

The project is led by the company SACYR Construction in cooperation with other partners as CIMARQ and CASTELO SOLUCIONES ESTRUCTURALES.

The project has been financed by CDTI (Center for the Development of Industrial Technology) a public body attached to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness within the Programme ERDF (European Regional development fund) –INNTERCONECTA. 

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Research and development of new treatments to improve the quality of acid mine water. File nº ITC-20111083.

The exploitation of sulphide deposits of the Iberian Pyrite Belt (IPB) by mining operations have caused a deeply contamination in the Odiel River (Huelva). In the last years, numerous investigations have been conducted to search possible solution for the passive treatment of the acidic discharges and the recovery of the polluted fluvial network. The problem of using this technology is the huge concentration of pollutants existing in the acidic leachates from the IPB mining districts, which makes that many of the passive techniques used elsewhere (aerobic or anaerobic wetlands, anaerobic ponds, anoxic limestone drains, etc.) may not be applied to most of contaminant sources of the province of Huelva (López Fernández et al., 2003; Watzlaf et al., 2004). In this context, it is crucial to investigate new methods for the treatment of acid water that might achieve the quality improvement and progressive recovery of the Odiel River basin and that is the main objective of this project.

TAMM is a project that born out of the need to find new passive treatments systems that improve the Odiel River water quality using naturally available energy sources.

The project is led by the company SACYR in cooperation with its partners, SADYT, AGQ MINING & BIOENERGY CABAL Consulting Geologists and SL.

The project has been supported by CDTI (Center for the Development of Industrial Technology) a public body attached to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness within the Programme ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) –INNTERCONECTA. The project has also received support from the Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia.

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Technologies for the Hotel of the future THOFU CEN 20101019

Sacyr, together with the remaining members of the consortium, has undertaken the Technologies for the Hotel of the Future project throughout 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. THOFU (CENIT invitation)

THOFU arose as a large-scale collaborative, multidisciplinary R&D project to research new tourism concepts, and how such concepts guide research into technologies and the development of technological concepts to enable an open offer of advanced, diverse and exclusive hotel-based services. 

The project seeks to enhance the potential of the hotel industry through joint research into a new vision for the hotel of the future, from spaces, their construction and the objects housed therein, through to interaction with the guests and symbiosis with the Internet.

A magnet for tourism that will help to mitigate the stagnation of a key Spanish sector upon which many sub-sectors depend, who will in turn become additional beneficiaries.

The underlying aim of the project is to advance the state of the art of a set of emerging technologies in building, sensorisation, information & communications, and interaction, which will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the tourist industry and, particularly, on the advancement of new accommodation concepts for travellers. The ultimate goal is to lay the technological foundations for the development of a new concept of hotel in all its many facets which, by making the offer more appealing and original, allows us to address such aspects as seasonality and traveller loyalty. The technologies on which THOFU is based pose considerable research and engineering challenges which in many cases require the active involvement of researchers from other disciplines.

THOFU’s binding element is hotel infrastructure: the technological assets arising from the project, after the necessary industrialisation phases (which are beyond the scope of this project), will allow a new concept of hotel to be articulated. The hotel of the future - enhanced, sensitive and sustainable – will provide guests with a space that can adapt to the singularities and specific needs of each customer (physical condition, cultural characteristics or needs derived from their health or spirits, for example), by combining new ideas and technologies for designing spaces with the possibility of permanently increasing our knowledge of the visitor in order to offer advanced services and enhanced interaction.

The "hotel", within the framework of THOFU, is a highly sensorised environment that enables us to acquire information about users and directly interact with them. Such capacities mean this space can become a service provision hub, the central node of THOFU architecture, in which external actors can access and use the information obtained to generate value propositions, thereby distinguishing the offer. The hotel will be a node on the smart city network, connecting with it and helping to enrich it by producing and sharing information. What is more, the hotel of the future will seek to improve its facilities and make them sustainable, from its construction through to its daily operation.

Transcending technology itself, THOFU hopes to explore "technological concepts" at the very frontier of current research as well as develop new ones. The sub-projects are organised so as to embrace this dual objective of researching and developing technology and creativity by attempting to employ technological enablers in the construction of innovative paradigms.


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Predictive development and regularion of platanus SPP leaf fall. File No: IDI-20130015

Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales is undertaking the project entitled “Predictive Development and Regulation of Platanus SPP Leaf Fall”. This aid is co-funded by the Ministry of the Economy and Competitiveness through the CDTI and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the ERDF Operational Programme for Madrid 2007-2013.

The main objective of this R&D&i project is to analyse leaf abscission of the species Platanus SPP, very abundant in urban settings, to develop a predictive model that narrows the leaf fall period in order to improve road safety and urban decor. The University of Salamanca is participating in this project.




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Development of an innovate desalination process to reduce energy consumption through direct osmosis. File No: IDI-20140102

Sadyt is undertaking the project entitled “Osmos: Development of an innovative desalination process to reduce energy consumption through direct osmosis”. This project is funded by the CDTI EEA Grants programme. (2014-2015)

The overall aim of this project is to develop an innovative desalination process for seawater and brackish water using Direct Osmosis (DO) and Ultrafiltration (UF) in order to reduce the energy consumption of current desalination processes.  

The Institutions taking part in the project are Alicante University and Vestlandforsking.



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Project olor: Development of highly efficient technologies for treating odours in industrial processes and water treatment: File No: IDI-20140125

Sadyt, together with Khai and Alicante University, is undertaking the project entitled “Olor (Odour): Development of highly efficient technologies for treating odours in industrial processes and water treatment”. This project is funded by the CDTI EEA Grants programme. (2014-2015)

The overall aim is to develop odour treatment techniques that offer more efficient and viable solutions than those traditionally used in industrial processes and water treatment that are very demanding due to their location and/or characteristics.



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Project Denitox; Development of a new environmentally- friendly denitrification technology based on autotrophic anaerobic oxidation. File No: IDI-20140117

Valoriza Agua is undertaking the project entitled “DENITOX: Development of a new environmentally-friendly de-nitrification technology based on autotrophic anaerobic oxidation”. This project is funded by the CDTI EEA Grants programme. (2014-2015).

The goal is to develop a new, environmentally-friendly technology for the elimination of nitrogen based on the autotrophic anaerobic oxidation of ammonium using a biofilm system. 

The Institutions taking part in the project are Granada University, Vestlandforsking and Weber-Filtralite.

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Development of an innovative, low-cost system for the icing of viaducts based on the use of geothermal energy. "Geothermalroad" nº: IDI-20140084

This project aims to develop a low-cost system to demonstrate the feasibility of the use of low enthalpy geothermal energy as a method to prevent the formation of ice on viaducts, in order to have an appropriate methodology for installation on those roads sections that need it. The aim of the system is threefold:

  • The reduction of the number of road accidents through the improvement of road maintenance.
  • The use of a renewable energy such as geothermal to develop new systems for deicing critical points of roads. This geothermal energy will be stored in the ground, in order to extract the energy at times of winter road maintenance and to avoid frost and minimize the employment of deicing agents.
  • Eliminate the use of the brine as ice melting at such critical points on roads.

To achieve these objectives, the project is focused on the design and construction of a pilot installation that is capable of preventing the ice formation on a road test with effectiveness and minimal maintenance. The pilot installation would be monitored for at least a year and a half to obtain sufficient data of the operating life of the installation.

If the objectives set by the project are met with the expected success at the time of its launch, VALORIZA CONSERVACIÓN DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS will have new knowledge and skills that will provide a competitive advantage. The management and maintenance of large road structures services of the company will have an added value compared to those offered by its direct competitors. 

With the development of this innovative system, it is intended that the company activities in the field of management and maintenance of these infrastructures record a remarkable growth, both nationally and internationally.

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Castilla La Mancha - MILESTONE

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Research and development of energy-eddicient illumination systems, adapted to advertising and information signing located outside urban areas.

Cafestore SAU is developing the project called "Research and Development of Energy-Efficient Illumination Systems, Adapted to Advertising and Information Signing Located Outside Urban Areas". This project is co-financed by the Regional Government of Castilla La Mancha and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, known as FEDER in Spanish).

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The current solution for illuminating Cafestore restaurant advertising signs placed on roads and dual carriageways involves metal halide lamps, at a high energy cost. The goal is to develop an innovative alternative for these systems using more advanced high flux LED technologies and a totally new mesh framework and modelling. These state-of-the-art systems include intelligent illumination control to reduce consumption while adapting the light intensity emitted by the LED units to suit environmental conditions (day or night, fog, etc.).

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R&D for ana acoustic insulation system based on geometric properties of materials: File No. pie 210/2010

Sacyr Vallehermoso SA is developing the R&D project called “R&D for an acoustic insulation system based on geometric properties of materials”, co-funded by the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the European Regional Development Fund.

This research project aims to develop new acoustic panels with improved properties, far more economical than current systems that use conventional and costly sound-absorbent material which, once installed in its intended location, reduce the sound waves produced in each environment as well as improving other major features of energy sustainability. Through this project, a radical new approach is proposed based not on research into the properties of materials for making sound insulation, nor the development of new materials, but rather on the use of geometry for improving their properties.

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Research and development on water-resistant concrete on the Odiel River in Huelva. File no. 550758.

The project aims to research and develop a new concrete resistant to highly acidic water for building sustainable constructions in restrictive environments.

Mass or reinforced concrete solutions in these types of environments are replaced with materials that are often more expensive and less environmentally sustainable.

Concretes which come into contact with acidic water for various reasons show accelerated deterioration which necessitates ongoing repair and reconstruction, which result in high maintenance costs.

Research and development will be carried out through the construction of the Alcolea dam in Huelva, where the Oraque and Odiel rivers, both heavily contaminated by a mine’s acid drainage, converge.

Research and development on a new concrete capable of withstanding extremely high values of acidity will enable the use of this material in environments in which concrete was until now prohibited because it failed to meet durability requirements imposed by the type of environmental exposure, such as in the construction of tanks for liquid swine manure, for storing industrial contaminants, mine acid drainage, for sanitation and purification where acidic waters are generated, etc.

The project was funded by the Agency for Innovation and Development (IDEA) under the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment of the Regional Government of Andalusia and the European Regional Development Fund.

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Research and development of a tool for calculating cross sections from 3D scanning. File nº 840324.

Section calculations from 3D scanning- tunneling vs theoretical sections is one of the main problem that has still not been solved neither software level nor theoretical level. The main problem is to obtain a full consistent 3D model and error free.

The main objective of this project will focus on the study of Data Structures and Algorithms in order to obtain 3D cross sections model obtained from 3D scanning.

The project has been financed the Innovation and Development Agency (IDEA) attached to the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Use of Regional Government of Andalusia and by the European Regional Development Fund.

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LIFESURE (Self-sustaining Urban Roads: A way to improve Environmental performance of urban areas):

The overall goal of this R & D project is the development of technologies to manufacture at temperatures below 100 ° C of recycled asphalt mixtures at rates of 100%, in basic, intermediate and rolling layers, suitable for urban roads, so as to contribute to the sustainability of urban road heritage by reusing high quality materials, with low power consumption and low emission generation in their manufacture.

The main task of Sacyr Construcción within the project will be to make the low-temperature experimental mixtures and recycled to 100%, which will be placed and will be auscultated in a number of test sections on urban roads. For this shall must develop and build a specific plant that allows the manufacture of these mixtures and that will be characterized by their high mobility, for that their use be economically feasible even in small rehabilitation and conservation activities.

Participate as partners in the project: Construction Sacyr, (leader), Madrid City Council and CEDEX.

Total budget in EUR: € 2,376,248

EC contribution in euro with%: € 1,186,040 grant (50.00%)

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LIFE ETAD (Ecological treatment of acid drainage):

The purpose of this project is the restoration of heavily polluted water from mining activities, using a passive treatment consists of passing said water through a dispersed alkaline substrate, formed by a thick matrix, inert surface, high surface as wood chips mixed with an alkaline material, limestone and sand. Expected that the treatment improves the quality of water so that it is suitable at least for agricultural use, by removing metals such as iron, zinc, nickel, cadmium, cobalt and aluminum, without the need for any external energy input.

Participate as partners in the project: Sacyr Construcción (leader), the University of Huelva and the Agency for Environment and Water of Andalusia.

Total budget in euro: 2.650.738 €

EC contribution in euro with %: 1.325.173 € grant (49,99%)

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Proyecto Life Transformem: Transformation of disposed reverse osmosis membranes into recycled ultra and manofiltration membranes.

The aim of the project is to increase the sustainability of membrane water treatment systems by improving their durability and reducing their environmental costs.

Participating entities: IMDEA Agua and SADYT

Funded by the LIFE+ 2013 programme

Duration: 4 years (starting June 2014)

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