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ACCIONA Engineering presents pioneering development in the use of composite materials for maritime works


The presentation was made during Civil Engineering Week, which takes place in Madrid from 22 to 28 May.

ACCIONA Engineering presented its latest developments in the field of composite materials applied to maritime works during Civil Engineering Week, which takes place from 22 May until 28 May in Madrid.

José Manuel González Herrero, Hydraulic and Maritime Works Manager at ACCIONA Engineering, took part in the conference “Research, development and innovation in engineering companies”, held on 22 May.


During the conference, José Manuel González gave a talk about the use of composite materials in maritime works, examining aspects such as the characteristics and properties of these types of materials, their components, different manufacturing methods and their uses in the field of civil engineering.

He also presented a case study about the berthing piles for cruise ships installed in the Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura), a pioneering project carried out by ACCIONA and the first time that a composite material based on glass-fibre reinforced resin has been used in a maritime project.

This development won the “European Business Award for the Environment 2014” from the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission for the environmental benefits that it offers compared to conventional materials such as concrete or steel.

During his talk, José Manuel González described various aspects of the project, from the design process and manufacturing of the piles through to their transport and installation.

Madrid’s Civil Engineering Week, organised by the Association of Civil Engineers, seeks to raise awareness among the general public of the importance and complexity of the work carried out by engineers in constructing essential infrastructures for our everyday lives.

Numerous conferences and activities, visits to landmark buildings and an exhibition of remarkable machinery are taking place across the city from 22 to 28 May. These machines include a tunnel boring machine installed at the Puerta de Alcalá by ACCIONA Construction, next to the entrance to the Parque de Retiro, which is free to visit.

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