Smart Engineering launches the commercial brand Smart Engineering Control®

Smart Engineering launches the commercial brand Smart Engineering Control®

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The Inductive Method is the first product of Smart Engineering Control ®

Smart Engineering launches Smart Engineering Control ®, a registered brand that encompasses a line of products for the assessment of material properties and structures. The Inductive Method is the first product on the market. It is a robust and simple non-destructive test to assess the content and distribution of steel fibres in fibre reinforced concrete (FRC). Smart Engineering has recently finishised the production of the first set of prototypes of the product and has started its commersialisation.

Prototype for the Inductive Method – Smart Engineering Control ®

The equipment consist of an impedance analyser and a discontinuous coil with a cylindrical cross-section. Firstly, the impedance analyser generates an electric current flow, which in turn produces a magnetic field inside the coil. Given the ferromagnetic nature of the fibres, a sample inside the coil increases the magnetic permeability of the medium. As a result, the analyser measures the inductance variation inside the coil.

The test is designed for cubic or cylindrical specimens (size of 150 mm), which may be later used for mechanical characterisation through the Barcelona test (UNE 83515). The inductance of each sample is measured for the main directions perpendicular to the faces of the cubic specimens or in three axes in the cylindrical specimens. These measurements are sufficient to estimate the fibre content and orientation in the main axes. An additional measurement in the cylindrical specimens provides the orientation profile of the fibres.

This profile allows estimating the orientation number and the contribution of the fibres in other directions. The average error of the method for the fibre content is less than 0.4 kg/m3. Furthermore, the trueness and precision values for the orientation numbers are below 0.43 and 1.7%, respectively.

Major tunnel projects in Europe (e.g. Follo Line Project in Norway and Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project in the UK) have implemented the Inductive Method as part of their quality control system with the support of Smart Engineering.

Smart Engineering in “Encuentros en La Vanguardia”

Smart Engineering in “Encuentros en La Vanguardia”

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Smart Engineering in the Innovation Forum of La Vanguardia

Albert de la Fuente, founding partner of Smart Engineering and Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, participates in the program “Encuentros en La Vanguardia”. As a result of this forum, La Vanguardia has published an article on December 3rd 2017.

The topics discussed include the advances in initiatives to support entrepreneurship. In fact, Barcelona and Madrid are in the top 5 in the ecosystem ranking for start-ups in the European Union. Nevertheless, the shortcomings and next steps to be taken are also analysed. An example of success is the United Stats, where 50% of the new employment is generated by newly created business. Albert de la Fuente emphasises that one of the next steps is to improve the university-enterprise relation by providing easier procedures to formalise the collaboration. Although the university already provides mechanisms and administrative support, the companies often “find the bureaucratic inertia” discouraging.

 

Participantes in the last edition of “Encuentros en La Vanguardia” (Albert de la Fuente: third on the right).
Smart Engineering in the Follo Line Project

Smart Engineering in the Follo Line Project

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Smart Engineering collaborates in the Follo Line Project to develop concrete mixes and to support in the quality control

The Follo Line project is the largest transport project in Norway with 64 km of new railways. It includes a 20 km tunnel that is the longest in the country. Follo Line will be part of the InterCity development south of Oslo. This railway will connect the capital with Ski in half of the current time. As a result, Follo Line will link residential and working areas, contributing to the development of the region. Construction began in 2015 and is scheduled to end in 2021.

Smart Engineering has previously collaborated in the Follo Line project to optimise the quality control system of steel fiber reinforced concrete (HRFA). This time, Smart Engineering will develop the HRFA ​​mixes and will support the monitoring of quality control implemented in previous stages. This system involves the use of the Barcelona test (AENOR 83515) and the Inductive Method. These tests allow the evaluation of residual strength and fiber content, respectively. Both tests are robust, simple and provide reliable results. Other important tunnel projects, such as the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project (United Kingdom), are implementing this system.

Smart Engineering optimises the quality control system in Bank Station

Smart Engineering optimises the quality control system in Bank Station

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The Barcelona Test and Inductive Method implemented in the quality control of Bank Station

Bank Station in London is one of the largest underground railway stations in the world. Almost 100,000 passengers use this station at rush hour. Even though it is now used by 50% more passengers than 10 years ago, the number is expected to increase in the next years. Therefore, Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project aims at increasing the capacity 40% by 2021. The project envisages the use of steel fibre reinforced sprayed concrete for the linings. The quality control of this material comprises the evaluation of the fibre content and residual strength. However, current methods to assess these properties are very expensive, time demanding and even environmentally unfriendly (in the case of the fibre content).

Given its experience in the development, design and characterisation of fibre reinforced cementitious materials, Smart Engineering comes into play to optimise the quality control system of the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project. The improved system comprises new testing methods: the Barcelona test (UNE 83515) and the Inductive method, which provide a more reliable and robust characterisation of FRC. The inductive method estimates the fibre content with an error below 3%. These tests are part SmartControl, a new brand that Smart Engineering will launch shortly.

Smart Engineering to participate at Hydro2017

Smart Engineering to participate at Hydro2017

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Smart Engineering and the UPC is participating at Hydro2017. Hydro2017 is the annual hydropower conference organisated by the International Journal on Hydropower & Dams. The conference will take place at Sevilla from October 9th to 11th. The conference address different topics related to hydropower, including hydraulic infrastructures management, design and performance.

Smart Engineering participates at Hydro2017 with two presentations. Ana Blanco and Ignacio Segura, partners and co-founders of Smart Engineering will take part at Hydro2017. Ana Blanco will present a work related with the investment prioritisation in hydraulic infrastructures, developed by the UPC and Smart Engineering (Investment prioritisation in hydraulic infrastructures to ensure sustainability). Ignacio Segura will present the results of the on-site validation of a novel overlay mortar with biocide properties for hydraulic infrastructures, developed in collaboration by Smart Engineering, the UPC, BASF Construction Chemicals and Endesa (Mitigation of algae growth in hydropower canals using a novel overlay mortar with biocide activity).

Smart Engineering participates in the project of Superilles

Smart Engineering participates in the project of Superilles

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The Superilles program is a project of the Barcelona City Council aimed at improving the lives of people by defining a new urban unit that enables new functionalities in the public space. This program represents an opportunity to promote sustainable mobility, productivity, green areas and biodiversity and pedestrian spaces.

Smart Engineering participates in the technical definition of the pavements for the future Superilles (1) that minimize the vulnerability of the environment and the effects of urban heat islands, (2) respect circular economy and sustainability, 3) with high drainage capacity and (4) with aesthetics of a pedestrian area to avoid the feeling that vehicles.

At the level of the districts of Sant Martí, l’Eixample and Gràcia global project has been planned for each area. Similarly, Superilla models at the neighborhood level are also planned for Sant Gervasi – La Bonanova (Sarrià – Sant Gervasi district), Horta (Horta – Guinardó district), Sant Andreu (district of Sant Andreu) and in Prosperitat (district of Nou Barris). The new zones would be added to the previous models located in Poblenou, in the Antiga and Nova Esquerra of the Eixample, in Sants and Hostafrancs and in the Maternitat and Sant Ramon.

Smart Engineering starts the Avalua project with Barcelona City Council

Smart Engineering starts the Avalua project with Barcelona City Council

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Smart Engineering has been collaborating since last April with the Barcelona City Council in defining the processes of Innovative Public Procurement. The City Council of Barcelona recently presented an ambitious plan to implement a strategic plan that will allow Barcelona to become a city with full technological sovereignty. This plan is scheduled to take place between 2017 and 2019 and has a budget of approximately 65 million euros.

Within the different lines of action of this plan is the open and innovative public procurement, which seeks to transform public procurement and facilitate their access to SMEs. Thus, it is hoped to achieve a more strategic and open contracting that goes beyond social buying and selling, to promote innovative public procurement and thus attract SMEs and self-employed to develop solutions for urban challenges.

In this sense, Smart Engineering has begun the Avalua project with the Barcelona City Council. The objective of this project is the development of a software tool that allows the evaluation and selection of alternatives for innovative public procurement competitions developed by the City of Barcelona. In particular, the challenge of the Superillas pavements will be taken as the starting point of the Avalua project.

In this way, Smart Engineering is established as a fundamental player in the Catalan innovation sector, through the development of advanced tools to aid decision making.

Smart Engineering and AGBAR renew the project in sustainable prioritization of the water distribution network

Smart Engineering and AGBAR renew the project in sustainable prioritization of the water distribution network

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Smart Engineering and AGBAR continue their collaboration with the aim of developing tools and models for the prioritization of the renewal of the pipeline network for water distribution through sustainable development. At the end of last 2016, Smart Engineering finalized the project that had as object the city of Barcelona. Currently, the tool is being extended to the entire Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona.

Because resources are limited, it is impossible to renew the entire desirable distribution network as a whole, and consequently, identifying which renewal investments to carry out becomes a critical activity. In the past, these investments were prioritized according to purely and exclusively monetary criteria (based on the Internal Rate of Return or IRR). However, as part of this H2020 Strategic Plan, AGBAR, ​​assisted by the company Smart Engineering, has implemented a MIVES management methodology to prioritize the maintenance of the water distribution network under sustainable criteria (ie considering aspects Economic, social and environmental).

The Prioritization Index for the Renewal of the Water Distribution Network aims to evaluate the impact or risk that, from the point of view of sustainability, has each section of pipeline in case of non-renewal. Thus, those sections with the greatest impact on sustainability are those that must be prioritized, and consequently renewed.

The concept of sustainability applied to a water distribution network is understood as the ability of the network to continue operating maintaining the levels of quality of service desired by customers without restricting or affecting the options available to present and future generations, nor cause Adverse impacts within and outside the urban border and the network itself

Taking this premise as a reference has considered the economic, environmental and social impact or risk of not renewing each section of the distribution network in the decision tree. To this end, only the most significant and discriminatory indicators have been considered. The consequences of non-renewal are evaluated here with respect to each and every one of the sustainability indicators of the decision tree. In total 3 requirements, 5 criteria and 8 indicators (the weight of each requirement, criterion and indicator was obtained through AHP, with the different Aigües de Barcelona relationship groups). The consistency, representativeness and objectivity of the criteria and impact / risk indicators considered in each requirement will guarantee the goodness and credibility of the results.

The Economic Requirement values ​​the use that would be given to economic resources in case of executing the renewal of each tranche. The objective is to make the most of every euro invested, which is why this requirement only considers the Investment criterion. The main indicator of this requirement is the IRR or Internal Rate of Return, which corresponds to the return offered by an investment and which is modified by the criticality of the tranche.

The objective of the Environmental Requirement is to prioritize those sections with greater risk to the habitat, that is to say, to renew the sections whose impact on the environment is greater in case of failure. The two criteria considered in this requirement are the risks of water loss, which includes latent leaks such as leakage due to damage and the loss of energy used to drive the water up to each stage.

The Social Requirement is responsible for assessing the consequences (direct and indirect) that can in case of failure in a section of the network would generate both people, in terms of historical involvement to customers, service pressure level and water quality , As well as to the city, in terms of affecting mobility, other underground infrastructures and failure to take advantage of repair opportunities derived from works of other services.

Smart Engineering to develop cleaning solutions for urban pavements

Smart Engineering to develop cleaning solutions for urban pavements

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Stain and urine in urban pavements are mainly caused by pet animals. In certain areas of the city of Barcelona this represents an issue given the inflow of persons (in leisure areas) or the specific characteristics of the area (narrow streets, temperature, ventilation, etc.). Smart Engineering and URBASER have signed a contract to study more efficient cleaning solutions to remove stains and urine from urban pavements.

Smart Engineering, in collaboration with Professor MªAngels Calvo (Microbiology Research Group from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), will characterize different types of urban pavements to identify their physical, biological and chemical characteristics.

The idea behind this study is to understand what characteristics make the stains and unwanted odors persist after the current cleaning treatments applied. This will allow improving or developing new cleaning solutions that are more efficient.

Smart Engineering participates in the 20th BBConstrumat

Smart Engineering participates in the 20th BBConstrumat

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Barcelona Building Construmat (BBConstrumat) is the international benchmark event of the construction sector for  innovation, knowledge and business. This 20th edition presented the most advanced technologies, materials and projects in the sector.

Smart Engineering joined the group of startups selected to participate in the space 4YFN Building Innovation Village to present its business lines, establishing contacts with other companies of the sector such as Cementos Molins, BASF, MAPEI and Sorigué among others. Also, in the 4YFN Connecting Startups space, Smart Engineering has generated alliances with other startups for new technological developments.

In addition, Smart Engineering participated in the exhibition at Startups Elevator Pitches 4YFN presenting our activity, philosophy and experience in the field of Smart materials, advanced structural analysis and methods for strategic decision-making in infrastructures and urban engineering (investment prioritization or strategic and feasibility analyzes, etc.).

Smart Engineering would like to thank all those who visited our stand!