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ACCIONA Construction takes part in Madrid’s Civil Engineering Week


It will exhibit a 185-ton, 15-metre tunnel boring machine at the Puerta de Alcalá.

ACCIONA Construction will also take part in various conferences and panels about innovation and new technology.

ACCIONA Construction will be one of the leading institutions at the 4th edition of Civil Engineering Week that takes place in Madrid from 22 to 28 May to raise awareness about engineering among the general public. The week includes an extensive programme of conferences and activities, visits to landmark buildings and an exhibition of remarkable machines.

As part of the exhibition, ACCIONA Construction has installed a 185-ton, 15-metre tunnel boring machine at the Puerta de Alcalá, next to the entrance to the Parque del Retiro. 

The tunnelling machine, a Robbins 182-129 model used for drilling water tunnels, will be on display throughout the week and will be free to visit. It is a model that was used in the 1970s and 1980s on projects such as the Tajo-Segura aqueduct in Spain, or the Matmata and Pueblo Viejo-Quixal tunnels in Morocco and Guatemala, respectively. 

ACCIONA Construction will also take part in various conferences, discussion panels and roundtable sessions during the week-long event, which is celebrating its fourth edition under the slogan “Civil engineering to transform the world”.

On Monday 22 May, José Manuel González Herrero, Hydraulic and Maritime Works Manager at ACCIONA Engineering, will take part in the conference “Research, development and innovation in engineering companies”, which starts at 6:00 pm in the conference hall at the Real Casa de Correos.

González Herrero will give a talk about the use of composite materials in maritime works and will present a case study of the Puerto del Rosario project (Fuerteventura), which was a worthy winner of the “European Business Award for the Environment 2014” thanks to its successful use of a composite material based on glass fibre reinforced resin in the cruise ship berthing piles in the port.

On Tuesday 23 May, ACCIONA Construction will form part of the panel demonstrating new technologies and applications that takes place at 11:00 am in the marquee next to the entrance to the Museo Reina Sofía. A new laser-guided system will be presented for constructing tunnels with conventional methods, developed and patented by ACCIONA, which reduces the margin of error of excavation works by up to 65% compared to traditional systems.

This device uses laser technology to project a continuous outline of the theoretical cutting section onto the drilling face. In other words, it “draws” the outline that the tunnel requires at each specific point along its route, optimising the construction process.

Numerous public and private institutions collaborate in Engineering Week, which is organised by the Association of Civil Engineers. 

Various pieces of machinery will be on display during the week, such as a wind turbine, a roadheader machine and a high speed rail catenary installer, at different points around the city, including the Plaza de Callao, Plaza de Colón, Paseo del Prado and Atocha station.

The programme of activities also includes conferences, workshops, lectures, works visits and competitions, in order to raise awareness among the public of the importance and complexity of the work carried out by engineers in constructing essential infrastructures for our everyday lives.

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