Sacyr Explorer: machine learning for new business opportunities

This tool can capture early information about future tenders

Artabro Tech, the winning startup of the 9th edition of the Sacyr Innovation Awards

  • IA
  • Machine learning

Sacyr

08/03/2021

At Sacyr, we believe that teamwork is one of the keys to the success of any company. The Sacyr Explorer project represents this essential collective effort to carry out innovative projects that contribute to the improvement of our activities.

Sacyr Explorer arises from one of the challenges launched to the innovative ecosystem through our open innovation program, Sacyr iChallenges 2019. The challenge focused on the search for technological solutions based on machine learning and artificial intelligence that helps to identify new business opportunities early on.
 

Sacyr Explorer

From Sacyr, in collaboration with Artabro Tech, the winning startup of the 9th edition of the Sacyr Innovation Awards, we are developing this tool for early detection of business opportunities through machine learning.

With the implementation of this solution, we want to maximize the identification and access to business opportunities for the development of large projects. Information on future tenders is not always easy to access, and has multiple origins, which make it dificult for early detection. In addition, the geographic dispersion of the markets in which we operate makes this work even more complex.
Sacyr Explorer is a tool with a high degree of internationalization that allows us to identify new opportunities in multiple markets.

  • IA
  • Machine learning

Desaldron, the latest underwater explorer

This sophisticated drone helps us improve efficiency at desalination and water treatment plants

Desaldron

  • Drones
  • Sea rise
  • Security
  • Environment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Spain

Sacyr Water

01/03/2021

This underwater drone is intended for research, environmental impact studies, inspection, and maintenance in aquatic areas. The desaldron is equipped with a 1080p camera optimized for the underwater environment, side scan sonar, multiparameter probe, sampler, and GPS positioner.

The main advantages of this drone are speed, efficiency, and safety. The desaldron can perform inspection and surveillance tasks, sampling, water parameter mapping, environmental studies, bathymetry, and other marine surveys. In addition, it can perform underwater work, preventing people (divers) from descending manually to outfalls, immisaries, or the seabed.
 

  • Drones
  • Sea rise
  • Security
  • Environment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Spain

Lifesure, sustainable urban roads

We developed the technology to manufacture recycled bituminous mixtures for use on urban road surfaces

 Lifesure project

  • New technologies
  • Environment
  • Energy saving
  • Spain

Sacyr Infraestructures

08/03/2021

The production of hot mix asphalt (HMC) requires significant energy consumption and generates a large volume of greenhouse gases. Similarly, the maintenance and rehabilitation of road pavements and other roads produces an enormous amount of waste from the milling of bituminous mix layers.

LIFESURE provides an answer to all these problems. This project uses new technologies to efficiently manufacture 100% recycled mixes at low temperature so that they can be reused on urban roads.


 

LIFESURE

This project represents the teamwork and successful collaboration of several areas of the Group (Machinery, Engineering and Innovation). It is led by Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructures and involves strategic partners such as the Madrid City Council and CEDEX. In addition, LIFESURE is an initiative aligned with our strategy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With it, we want to contribute to the improvement of the sector, sustainability, the economy and society in general.

  • New technologies
  • Environment
  • Energy saving
  • Spain

Microuwas: advanced biomethanization to process urban waste

This project reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills
Microuwas Proyecto de las setas en sevilla
  • Waste management
  • Spain

Sacyr Services

01/03/2021

At the moment the biological processes of organic waste treatment (anaerobic digestion) that take place in waste treatment plants occur spontaneously, with minimal technological control and no biotechnological control. This generates multiple unknowns.

One of the main enigmas to be solved and on which the optimization and improvement of these processes is based on the control and knowledge of the populations of microorganisms involved in the process. In this sense, given their heterogeneity and spontaneity, as well as their relationship and dependence on operational factors, it is necessary to carry out research under the most controlled conditions as possible, so that the results and methodologies developed can allow extrapolating conclusions and future operating strategies.
 

Circular economy in urban services 

The main objective of this project is to design and develop a new anaerobic digester, on a small scale, to identify and analyze the populations of microorganisms involved, and to model the microbial processes that occur in each of the biomethanization stages.

In this way, we achieve a biotechnological control that did not exist until now. All this, with the purpose of increasing the biogas production flow and its quality, reducing the amount of rejection destined to landfill and reducing its biological and chemical reactivity, making it more inert.

With this project, we promote the circular economy in urban services by having at the end the best use of waste for the reduction of waste that ends up in landfills.
 

  • Waste management
  • Spain

BOCALT, heat for a more sustainable energy

We design and develop a novel heat pump for applications with high temperature heat sources
  • Energy
  • CO2
  • Environment

Sacyr Servicios

17/03/2021

One of the lines of action for reducing CO2 emissions is the decrease in the consumption of fossil fuels and the increase in the production of energy from renewable sources.
In this context, the recovery of residual heats, which are currently not being used, and the use of various types of renewable energies, which can be captured at medium temperature, such as solar thermal energy or medium enthalpy geothermal energy, would be important advantages both environmental and energy consumption reductions. In the same way, it would allow the increase of the use of renewable energies.

 

 

BOCALT

Is an R&D project that consists of the design and development of a new heat pump capable of using heat from sources at high temperatures (between 30ºC and 60ºC). This solution allows us to recover waste heat from industrial processes or renewable energy sources, capable of heating fluids to temperatures close to 80 ºC with high efficiency, incorporating a natural refrigerant that not only meets the requirements of the new F-Gas regulation for this type of equipment but scores highest on global atmospheric warming potential indices. All this, without damaging the ozone layer, and also using the latest generation inverter (modulating) compressors.
The potential for using this technology is enormous since it can be implemented in energy rehabilitation projects to replace boilers while maintaining radiators, in centralized sanitary hot water heating facilities without the need for a sanitization system, for heating process or industrial fluids. , to take advantage of the heat recovered from fluids or residual effluents, or to use springs or geothermal wells with low enthalpy (30 to 60 ºC), etc.

  • Energy
  • CO2
  • Environment

Sacyr Prediction Tool: artificial intelligence for safer roads

We created a predictive asphalt maintenance system powered by the latest technologies
  • Big data
  • Machine learning
  • Roads

Sacyr Infraestructures

08/03/2021

This innovative tool uses machine learning and big data to predict with high accuracy the long-term deterioration of road pavement. We developed this project in collaboration with Tyris AI, the winning startup of the 2018 Sacyr Innovation Awards. The system is based on a machine learning module. Through a massive intake of data and sources on asphalt imperfections, this module modifies equations and calculations of pavement deterioration on roads.

Sacyr Prediction Tool

Has the capacity to run dozens of calculations simultaneously, issuing very accurate predictions of the long-term behavior of pavements and their possible deterioration, based on data on the use of the road itself, its construction, and environmental conditions such as weather. 

This project aims to provide greater safety throughout the life cycle of the road. Similarly, the tool aims to ensure that the operations and maintenance developed and applied are much more limited and have a high level of detail and effectiveness to correct each of the deteriorations.

All this translates into more efficient, more sustainable, and of course, safer roads; generating value for customers and users in the short and long term.
 

  • Big data
  • Machine learning
  • Roads

Sacyr Inroad: Big Data for predictive road maintenance

Sacyr Inroad is an artificial vision system for vehicles capable of analyzing road conditions in real time.

Sacyr Inroad

  • Big data

Sacyr

08/03/2021

This initiative consists of the deployment of different sensors in a maintenance vehicle that allow the system to capture information from the environment and create models that predict the deviation of infrastructure condition indicators. The implementation of this system allows us to improve service quality, increase revenue and reduce costs.
Sacyr Inroad is an exclusive project in the market that represents our commitment to innovation and a different way of doing things. It is an initiative of which we are very proud, as it arises from collaboration with the innovative ecosystem, a fundamental value in the new digital era.

  • Big data

Digital twins, the virtual water revolution

We are developing digital twins to improve the management of our industrial plants and optimize water treatment.

Gemelo Digital

  • Water
  • Plants
  • Industrials

Sacyr Concessions

01/03/2021

From Sacyr, in collaboration with the startup Talent Swarm, we are creating digital twins to improve the management of our water plants. It is an exact digital copy of the real installation that targets the remote management of the plant. These digital twins represent the integration and convergence of multiple digital technologies, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet of Things, advanced analytics or Machine Learning.
Digital twins make it possible to optimize the remote management of industrial plants. The implementation of these solutions maximizes eficiency, optimizes performance, and improves safety. They also make it possible to reduce maintenance and operating costs, predict breakdowns, and minimize costs associated with the travel of expert personnel.

  • Water
  • Plants
  • Industrials

Deja Tu Huella, sustainable mobility is making headway

This project seeks to reduce the CO2 associated with citizens' trips in the city of Madrid.
Proyecto de las setas en sevilla
  • Challenges
  • CO2
  • Madrid
  • Spain

Sacyr Services

01/03/2021

Deja tu huella" is an innovative online platform that encourages, in a personalized way, users to travel kilometers by sustainable transportation through a program of challenges and rewards. Users earn points for each kilometer traveled by registering their trips on the platform. Then they can redeem these points for rewards and be eligible to win prizes.

Circular economy in urban services 

The main objective of this project is to design and develop a new anaerobic digester, on a small scale, to identify and analyze the populations of microorganisms involved, and to model the microbial processes that occur in each of the biomethanization stages.

In this way, we achieve a biotechnological control that did not exist until now. All this, with the purpose of increasing the biogas production flow and its quality, reducing the amount of rejection destined to landfill and reducing its biological and chemical reactivity, making it more inert.

With this project, we promote the circular economy in urban services by having at the end the best use of waste for the reduction of waste that ends up in landfills.
 

  • Challenges
  • CO2
  • Madrid
  • Spain

Repair 2.0, sustainable technology for road rehabilitation

We are developing new techniques and information systems for the sustainable rehabilitation of road pavements
  • Big data
  • Sustainable
  • New technologies
  • Climate change
  • Transport infrastructure

Sacyr Infraestructures

01/03/2021

The Repair 2.0 project aims to develop new technologies and methodologies that support infrastructure management and allow the rehabilitation and conservation of any type of road at a lower economic and environmental cost, improving their adaptation to climate change.
The implementation of this project has allowed us to develop new recycled asphalt mixtures at rates of up to 100%, which are more sustainable and resilient, mechanical performance similar to hot mixes, suitable for high capacity roads, obtained with low energy consumption and low emissions and manufactured at room temperature, (cold technologies), which is a world first.

 

 

  • Big data
  • Sustainable
  • New technologies
  • Climate change
  • Transport infrastructure

LIFE ETAD, ecological treatment of acid drainage

LIFE ETAD is a project that proposes the implementation of a passive treatment system of acid mine drains that allows the decontamination of acid waters in the Odiel River
  • Mining
  • Contamination

Sacyr Services

01/03/2021

The intense mining activity that has been carried out throughout history in the Iberian Pyrite Belt (FPI), has led to the existence of more than 100 abandoned mines and about 2x108 Mm3 of mining waste housed in dumps, sludge deposits, open pit mines, etc. These degraded spaces are the main source of contamination of ground and surface water in the Odiel River Basin, due to the acid mine drains they generate. 
The purpose of this project is to recover water intensely contaminated by mining activities, by means of a passive treatment consisting of passing this water through a dispersed alkaline substrate, formed by a thick, inert matrix with a large specific surface area, such as wood shavings, mixed with an alkaline, fine-grained material, such as limestone sand.

 

 

  • Mining
  • Contamination
  • Infrastructures

New materials that revolutionize construction

eFIB is a project that seeks to optimize construction processes and design of structural elements using fiber-reinforced concrete to replace conventional reinforcement
  • Sustainability
  • Concrete
  • Environment

Sacyr Infraestructures

01/03/2021

The use of fiber reinforced concrete has increased in the last 5 years thanks to its acceptance as a structural material in several of the regulations that govern structural concrete at national and international level. However, its vision as a material has been limited to typologies in which the material works mainly in compression or low tensile stresses, avoiding applications in which the tensile stresses are high (slabs of floors, for example).
The general objective of this project is to develop a new slab system using high performance fibre reinforced concrete (HRF) without traditional reinforcement, leading to an increase in sustainability from an economic, environmental and social point of view.

 

  • Sustainability
  • Concrete
  • Environment

Nanomaterials, more economical and sustainable soils

ECARYSE is a project that pursues the reduction of lime in expansive soils by means of nanomaterials and the use of waste and stabilizing by-products
  • Waste
  • Materials
  • New technologies
  • Natural resources

Sacyr Services

01/03/2021

Currently, lime is used as a stabilizing agent in the process of stabilizing inadequate and marginal soils. This material has a very high cost and is a source of significant carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. 
The ECARYSE project aims to achieve the stabilization of clayey soils for the construction of new road sections through the use of new components based on waste and by-products, achieving as a result a minimization in the use of natural resources and a significant cost reduction.

 

 

  • Waste
  • Materials
  • New technologies
  • Natural resources

TUNNELAD, vehicle automation for tunnel works

This project aims to automate vehicles whose main task is the loading and unloading of debris from the excavation of tunnels
  • Tunnels
  • Vehicle mobility

Sacyr Infraestructures

01/03/2021

TUNNELAD is a project that seeks to improve the mobility of vehicles whose task is to load and unload debris from the excavation of the tunnel by replacing conventional vehicles driven manually, by autonomous and connected vehicles, managed, moreover, from a control center. 
The main objectives of the project are the automation of Volvo A-25 trucks through the development of a removable kit adapted to their characteristics, as well as the development of the guidance system, location and perception of the environment in tunnels, and the development of the monitoring and control system.

 

 

  • Tunnels
  • Vehicle mobility

AUTOPAVE, autonomous compaction of pavements

This project seeks to advance with determination towards the industrialization of civil works and the digital transformation of construction processes
  • Security
  • Roads
  • Road maintenance

Sacyr Infraestructures

01/03/2021

AUTOPAVE's main objective is the automation of the pavement compaction process through the robotization and the interoperability of the compaction train with conventional machinery, for the improvement of efficiency, safety and sustainability in road construction.
Similarly, the specific objectives of this project are aimed at substantially improving the efficiency of the compaction process by ensuring the sequence of work, increasing the safety of workers and improving the sustainability of the process by optimizing it.

 

 

  • Security
  • Roads
  • Road maintenance

Circular Economy for a more sustainable world

RARX is a revolutionary additive for making asphalt, generated from the dust of used tires.

Rar X

  • Materials
  • RAR X
  • Circular economy

Sacyr Services

01/03/2021

One of our greatest exponents of sustainability is the RARX project. RARX overcomes the current barriers to the consumption of tire dust in asphalts, making it possible to use these materials in any construction site or situation. Its technical capability is exceptional in enabling high resistance to stiffness, low noise mixes, and high durability.

 

 

RAR X

This project has great environmental benefits due to the fact that it avoids the use of synthetic polymers, derived from petroleum, increasing the use of tire dust and, therefore, generating a true circular economy.

  • Materials
  • RAR X
  • Circular economy

Sacyr Tracking, IoT at the service of the connected construction site

This innovative platform allows real tracking of equipment in infrastructure construction projects.

Sacyr Tracking project

  • Security
  • Digitization
  • Maintenance

Sacyr Infraestructures

08/03/2021

Sacyr Tracking is an IoT-powered tool to manage and monitor, in real time, information on the situation and status of machinery deployed on large construction projects.
This tool seeks to exploit the millions of data that is already being generated in the assets on site to improve the execution of the works.
We are currently developing this project with the aim of managing information on the situation and status of assets in real time (safety, production, cost, maintenance, etc.), as well as in the field of engineering (geofences, info nodes, layers and orthophotos), providing intelligence to the process of execution of the work on the ground. All this, based on the geolocation of the machines in real time, as well as the nodes, on a map and cartographic layer, in addition to the connection to Apis and sensors of the machines, through which the information that allows to analyze and manage the state of the same is received.

Sacyr Tracking

Is one of our company’s seeds of digitization. The project emerged from the initiative and passion of one of our employees in search of a solution that would facilitate his daily work and help improve the output process of the entire company.

  • Security
  • Digitization
  • Maintenance

Deseacrop: Desalination of seawater for agriculture

This project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of sustainable management of desalinated seawater for crop production in closed soilless systems.

Deseacrop: Desalination of seawater for agriculture

  • Water
  • Crops
  • Sea rise
  • Farming

Sacyr Water

08/03/2021

Wastewater from agricultural irrigation has a high nutrient content that seeps into aquifers and can cause problems of contamination of water bodies.
At Sacyr, we have launched a project for the reuse of agricultural drainage water, the Deseacrop project (Desalinated seawater for alternative and sustainable soilless crop production). 

Thanks to the development of this European Life project, we have demonstrated that desalinated water is not only be better when mixed with groundwater, but also increases crop yields and crop quality. In addition, as a novelty, we have treated the irrigation drainage water (approximately 30% of the initial irrigation) by reverse osmosis desalination so that it can be reused for irrigation. In addition, drainage treatment at the desalination plant is carried out 100% with photovoltaic solar energy.

 

 

  • Water
  • Crops
  • Sea rise
  • Farming

3D Smart Cleaning, intelligent street cleaning

We developed a solution based on a set of mechanics, hardware and software for the automation of sweepers

Smart Cleaning

  • Job Security
  • Software
  • Smart

Sacyr Services

01/03/2021

This project arises from the detection of technological limitations in the field of mechanical sweepers. These systems present a series of adverse elements that make the work of both the driver and the machinery difficult. For example, these deficiencies cause the suction mouth and the sweeper itself to suffer serious and costly damage caused by collisions with other elements such as curbs.
At Sacyr we have developed a functional prototype based on the design of a package of innovative solutions made up of three main elements: hardware, mechanical system and specific and transversal control software. This prototype, adapted to the sweepers, achieves the automation of the suction, improving efficiency and precision and increasing worker safety.

 

 

  • Job Security
  • Software
  • Smart

GEOTHERMDEEP, beyond efficiency

Development of an energy technology based on deep geothermal exchangers with advanced materials and mortars

GEOTHERMDEEP

  • Innovation and technology
  • Tech
  • Energy efficiency

Sacyr Infraestructures

01/03/2021

The objective of this project is the development of an air conditioning system based on geothermal heat exchangers that overcome space limitations. 
To do this, we have made use of geothermal wells whose depths far exceed the 100m typically used today. With boreholes of 500m or more it is possible to significantly reduce the total number of geothermal wells required in a building, which translates into a much lower free surface area requirement for drilling than is currently the case. In addition, the use of deep drilling increases the energy efficiency of the air conditioning system, in particular the COP ("Coefficient of Performance") of the geothermal heat pump, because at such depths the ground temperature is significantly higher than at 100m.
In addition, within the framework of this project we have developed a new high-performance geothermal filler with improved thermal, mechanical and hydraulic properties.

 

  • Innovation and technology
  • Tech
  • Energy efficiency

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