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!

Smart Engineering moves on to the next step of the Ingenium program by CelsaGroup

Smart Engineering moves on to the next step of the Ingenium program by CelsaGroup

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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

Smart Engineering participates in the Ingenium program with two innovation proposals for the steel production sector. The first proposal seeks new processes and applications to valorise slag byproducts, transforming it into a product of high added value. The second proposal is to modify the steel reinforcements in such a way that they have a sensing capability.

Of the 48 proposals submitted, only 20 have moved on to the next phase of the program, including the two proposals submitted by Smart Engineering. The next 10 and 11 January 2017 will be presented the different proposals in an Infoday at the headquarters of the Celsa group in Castellbisbal, where they will select the proposals that go to the next phase of the process. The selected proposals will finally begin a process of incubation and acceleration of 8-9 months by the Celsa Group.

FHECOR & SMART ENGINEERING sign a strategic partnership agreement

FHECOR & SMART ENGINEERING sign a strategic partnership agreement

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Last July, FHECOR Consulting Engineers and SMART ENGINEERING signed a strategic partnership agreement, covering various fields of action in the context of civil engineering. FHECOR is a leading company nationally and internationally, dedicated to structural engineering during all phases of the life cycle of the structure: project, technical assistance with the implementation, maintenance and recycling. Its activity covers all all types of structures: building, transport infrastructure, industrial installations, etc. SMART ENGINEERING is a spin-off of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya which operates in various fields of civil engineering and intelligent materials, concrete technology, structural engineering and advanced urban engineering, and the development of tools for value analysis and support to decision making.

The agreement aims to prospect and joint develope projects, generating synergies able to improve national and international presence of both companies. The collaboration includes the development of projects of all kinds in the field of civil engineering, development and implementation of innovative techniques in the construction sector and the organization of technical training.

Dobooku awards:  great opportunity for young engineers

Dobooku awards: great opportunity for young engineers

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The third edition of Dobooku awards has been presented, and this year our company, Smart Enginrig has begun to collaborate with this prestigious event which is aimed at students of the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering. Will  be awarded the best Degree Final Project and Master Thesis, which distinguish for their contribution to design and society.

Smart Engineering is highly commited with our university system and want to promote the excellence between the future engineers, rewarding those jobs that have in their DNA the same characteristics as our own company; like quality, sustainability and the human dimension of engineering.

From here we incite all young engineers to participate in this interesting challenge to raise today, the future engineering challenges.

Acciona and Smart Engineering collaborate on the structural optimization of the line segments of Follo Line Project in Norway

Acciona and Smart Engineering collaborate on the structural optimization of the line segments of Follo Line Project in Norway

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Since late last January, Smart Engineering collaborates with the Joint Venture AGJV, consortium of Acciona and Ghella. AGJV was chosen by the Norwegian National Rail Administration to build the double railway tunnel framed in the Follo Line project, the largest project Norwegian transport infrastructure. More details on this project are detailed in this link. The total cost of the project, considering the design and construction of the tunnels, stands at 1,000 million euros. These tunnels, designed for the circulation of high-speed trains, will be the longest in Scandinavia, with 20 km in length.

Smart Engineering will assess the ductility of the reinforcing strategy which will be used in reinforced concrete the segments that make up the segments of the tunnel. The main objetive of Smart Engineering in this project is to optimise the structural reinforcement of the line segments. To this end, a fibre reinforced concrete solution will be proposed considering structural fibres to substitute part of the traditional reinforcement. The security and structural reliability criteria stablished by the customer will be maintained with this solution. Fibre reinforced concrete solutions are highly efficient in these applications and can reduce overall costs of the project.

The reinforcement optimisation will be tackled both by numerical analysis and throughout a comprenhensive experimental campaign in laboratory. Smart Engineering will provide their expertise in optimizing concrete reinforcements using fibre reinforced concrete. This is possible by using sectioanl calculus tools to determine the equivalente reinforcement strategy by using fibre reinforced concrete.

Smart Engineering studies the damages in Panot Diagonal of Barcelona after the damages observed during summer 2015

Smart Engineering studies the damages in Panot Diagonal of Barcelona after the damages observed during summer 2015

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Bimsa, a public company of the Barcelona City Council, awarded in November 2015 Smart Engineering to study and diagnosis the damages observed in the tiles Diagonal avenue – Panot Diagonal – in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Since the completion of works in last summer, several damages were observed by the citizens in the new and innovative tiles. These damages include cracks, chipping and other damages. The tiles in Diagonal had an innovative design in banana leaf forms.

Smart Engineering has conducted a groundbreaking study to determine the origin and causes of the damages observed in Panot Diagonal. The study specifically considered design aspects of the tiles, structural evaluation of the material, placing and consideration about its use. The work was completed in late December 2015.