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 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.