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).

Source: Transport for London

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 selected for the Ingenium Celsa acceleration program

Smart Engineering selected for the Ingenium Celsa acceleration program

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On February 28, 2017, Smart Engineering was selected for the Ingenium acceleration program organized by Celsa Group. The Ingenium program promoted by Celsa Group, is an initiative that seeks talents able to successfully solve the challenges the company is facing. Ingenium was created with the desire to revolutionise the model of the steel sector, to assume the transformation that the Industry 4.0 poses in order to lead the change and revolutionise the steel sector.

Ingenium arises to solve the challenges Celsa Group faces day by day in its production process, or to include new technologies in industrial processes which revolutionise the sector. These challenges, grouped into 5 large groups, are: 1 – Energy storage, 2 – Traceability in the supply chain, 3 – 3-D printing, 4 – Smart steel, and 5 – Use of byproducts

In this edition of the Ingenium program, 48 proposals were presented, with 20 being submitted to the final phase. Smart Engineering participated in the final selection phase with three different projects. Two of them sought to valorize blast furnace slags, transforming it into a product of high added value. The other project was to modify the steel reinforcements in such a way that they have intrinsic sensing capacity. In total 10 projects have been selected, with Smart Engineering being the only company with two finalist projects. Now a 6 to 8 month acceleration and mentoring program is being set up between Celsa Group Senior Managers and Smart Engineering to transform projects into pilots. In this way, Smart Engineering is consolidated as a leading innovation and development company in the Civil Engineering sector, clearly betting on the development of new materials with improved properties and contributing to sustainability.
Smart Engineering collaborates with the Diputación of Barcelona in the prioritization of the Zonal Plan

Smart Engineering collaborates with the Diputación of Barcelona in the prioritization of the Zonal Plan

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Smart Engineering has been developing since October 2016 a multi-criteria tool for the Diputación of Barcelona. This tool, based on the MIVES methodology, will improve the decision-making process and the prioritization of investments for the Zonal Plan of the local road network of the Diputación of Barcelona. The Zonal Plan planned to allocate 5.4 M € per year in the period 2011-2025 for the direct financing of actions to improve municipal roads and their incorporation into the local network of the Diputación de Barcelona.

The multi-criteria MIVES methodology developed at the UPC allows the development of tools and models for decision-making aid and value and sustainability analysis. This methodology incorporates the possibility of considering value functions, integrating different requirements (economic, social, environmental, technical, etc.), as well as considering homogeneous or heterogeneous alternatives and using hierarchical mathematics (AHP) for the assignment of weights of the indicators.

The tool that Smart Engineering is developing for the Diputación of Barcelona will allow to consider different aspects when making the decision to renew the municipal roads. In this sense, different economic, social and environmental aspects will be taken into account. In this way, a prioritization of investments can be made according to objective, transparent and public criteria. This results in increased sustainability of public investments, as well as transparency of institutions and decision-making processes. The project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017