Research

Research

The main operational research areas in 2007 included:

  • Sustainable construction. Ferrovial participates in the CLEAM Project (Environmentally Friendly, Clean, and Efficient Construction), which aims to generate new knowledge on more sustainable models of linear transport infrastructures. Advanced studies are currently underway on separating and reusing construction waste, advanced concretes and sealants, new revegetation, restoration and ecological integration techniques and new infrastructure design techniques and models with a reduced impact on biodiversity. The project includes research on mortars and concretes with carbon nanostructures, concrete decontaminants, soil stabilisation through microorganisms, intelligent facings, sensor materials and nanomaterials for structural elements. This project has a global budget of 21.4 million euros and will conclude in 2010.

  • Interoperable toll collection. Cintra takes an active part in national and international workgroups on interoperable toll collection, especially electronic toll collection. In 2007, Cintra was a member of the committee of experts sponsored by European Commission to define the technical and operational aspects of the Interoperable European Electronic Toll System (EETC). The initiative has taken the shape of the two-year CESARE IV project launched in December 2007, which is launching a pilot implementation of the EETC's regulatory body and application of the contractual service model. Similar projects are also underway in the United States, where progress is being made in standardising electronic toll collection systems, which will remedy the current manufacturer proprietary system. Cintra has been invited to take part in several of these initiatives.

  • Road safety. Ferrovial participates in the FÉNIX project for strategic research on safer, more sustainable roads. The project is promoted by the Asociación de Fabricantes de Mezclas Asfálticas (ASEFMA) and has a global budget of 26.9 million euros. The project is slated for completion in 2010.

  • Innovative water treatments. Ferrovial also has an extensive portfolio devoted to scientific research and technological projects on waste management and water treatments.

Ferrovial Agromán leads CLEAM CENIT project

Ferrovial Agromán leads CLEAM CENIT project

Seven of Spainís most important construction companies, led by Ferrovial Agromán are collaborating on the R&D project CLEAM (Clean, Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Construction). This iniciative is part of the European program CENIT