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Ferrovial - Integrated annual report 2013 / Projects

Throughout its business history Ferrovial’s successive growth milestones are linked to bold decisions that in addition to financial and technical risk included a factor involving innovation, change and anticipation in order to improve and go one step further, to extend frontiers.

Below are the main projects in 2013 in which the different business units have taken part.


  • In 2013 the research phase of the City Lights projects in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came to a close. They are designed to obtain a rapid and precise light map for urban lighting, and Building Scanning, which has developed a mobile platform to collect and analyze images of buildings and determine the key points for renovation. Since the last quarter of 2013 both prototypes are at the industrialization phase, which is being worked on by CI3 as an expert center. The energy saving expected is more than 20% in integrated services.
  • TEDS 4BEE (Test of Digital Services for Buildings Energy Efficiency) is a project in the area of energy efficiency that is part of the European Commission’s ICT Policy Support Program. It is being headed up by Ferrovial Servicios, with CI3 participating as technical coordinator, Amey as leader of the United Kingdom cluster, FBSerwis in Poland and eight more partners from six European countries. In 2013 adaptations and deployment of the EMMOS (Energy Management and Monitoring Operational System) were carried out in public buildings. The system allows the collection, storage and analysis of data on energy consumption and others that affect this factor. EMMOS is a proprietary application of Ferrovial developed by a multi-disciplinary team that includes Ferrovial Servicios, Amey, Ferrovial Corporation and CI3. In the area of recognition, the EnerTIC ICT-based energy efficiency platform gave EMMOS an award as the best innovative project of the year in the Smart Building category.
  • The OUTSmart project, part of the PPP-FI initiative for the development of the Internet of the future, with finance from the European Commission, ended on May 2013. The closing event took place in the city of Santander, which hosted the work of the Spanish node during the project. The Travelsmarter application, developed in the Birmingham cluster as a collaborative project between Amey, CI3 and the University of Surrey, allows citizens to organize their transport route using smartphones based on a set of factors (journey time, CO2 emissions, energy used, etc.), thus helping improve urban sustainability.
  • The aim of the Ciclope project run by Ferrovial Servicios Spain is to take advantage of augmented reality in mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) to locate assets in the city at street level and assist both visual inspection and maintenance work on infrastructures. Visual inspections can check the state of conservation of the elements, as well as reviewing the quality and finishing of the service provided. The work associated with the services by the staff on the ground may be the result of a work order for preventive maintenance, an incident that has been processed or a work order created on site, without prior notice. At the management level work orders are handled to comply with and allow a continued flow of work (tasks carried out, generation of incidents, validation of incidents, planning, assignment, etc.).
  • The scope of the Movial 3.0 project is to take a video and amplify the parameters taken by the vehicle, installing a laser for measuring headroom and photometers to measure luminosity. All this information can be consulted from the inventory management application used by Emesa and developed by Ferrovial Servicios Spain.
  • In the area of waste recovery there were notably satisfactory results from the Recipur project with respect to the study of a new line of managing polyurethane foam waste, which allows its recovery instead of being dumped in a controlled landfill. This application consists of using the flexible polyurethane foam handled by waste treatment plants as filling material for anti-pollution barriers for purification or protection against hydrocarbons in marine environments or for the preventive maintenance of these areas. This year work has begun on the construction of the first leachate treatment plant in Spain using Panammox® technology in the Corsa landfill, and landfill waste stability tests have ended in the Geores project. In addition, the Biorreactor project has begun the first operational experience in Spain of a landfill cell as a bioreactor. Finally, the Pirólisis project has obtained the first results of biodiesel production based on solid urban waste (SUW) in a pilot plant owned by the company Sedamir.
  • In the last quarter of 2013 the collaborative program Cities Open Challenge by Ferrovial was launched to promote submission of ideas capable of resolving the challenge posed by Ferrovial on citizen involvement in improving the provision of urban services. Seven cities, A Coruña, Santander, Logroño, Vitoria, Valencia, Seville and Malaga, specified their needs that included the environment, urban traffic and street cleaning. Solutions to the challenges may be presented in the first quarter of 2014 and the winning projects, selected from participating organizations around the world, will be announced in May 2014. Pilot tests will then be carried out in each of the cities.
  • In the social area, progress was made in 2013 on developing the AmeyInSociety.org platform, a finalist in the first year of the Ferrovial Innovation Awards. The region selected for the first pilot test is West Midlands. The proposed platform aims to become a space where value is created and shared between Amey, the organizations in the private sector with which it works and the society in general which it benefits, with the aim of achieving greater social impact. This tool reveals what is happening in the communities where Amey operates by collecting information, prioritizing actions and sharing knowledge. AmeyInSociety.org will manage, coordinate and publicize initiatives, providing access to research articles, forums and events such as workshops, panel discussions and conferences focused on questions relating to environmental, economic and social value, boosting relations with the clients and public bodies with which the British subsidiary works.

Toll Roads

  • The most relevant project for the toll road business in 2013 has been Satelise®, a prototype technological platform that makes possible a new form of payment on toll roads and divided highways, by means of a mobile terminals and GPS services on smartphones. It also offers value-added interactive services between the user and the infrastructure owner or operator. The system makes it possible to apply more precise tariffs for users, as it can charge the exact number of kilometers traveled and is a cheaper alternative to installing toll-gate infrastructure. New functions were developed in 2013 for the system to perfect its features and new tests were carried out in demanding environments. The reliability of the Satelise® software platform has been tested on more than 10,000 journeys so far. Over the next few months pilot projects are planned for implementation in Cintra toll road concessions under real traffic and payment conditions.
  • Other initiatives have already been in their full or advanced development phase in 2013, including those focused on optimizing the management of the new Managed Lanes toll payment schemes, the variable payment system in various sections of toll roads, and new forms of non-stop payment, the initiatives relating to more efficient energy use, or those including new Internet services for toll road users. The income maximization algorithm in Managed Lanes with variable rates in Texas is being used for the operation of the LBJ and NTE toll roads in Dallas, U.S. In relation to these concessions, the Drive on DFW application has been developed to identify high-occupancy vehicles through messages from cell phones. This will simplify the procedure that demands the identification of the vehicles with two or more occupants who have a discount in the NTE and LBJ Managed Lanes. This system is a global first in the sector. In addition, the road safety and sustainable lighting proposal plans the implementation of LED-based lighting systems. They have already been installed in a pilot project by the Ausol concessionaire, thus contributing to energy efficiency.
  • Two ideas for toll roads chosen as finalists in the first year of the Ferrovial Innovation Awards were also developed in 2013. The first is the use of mobile GSM technology in automatic toll systems. This project has begun to be developed with a laboratory prototype. After an initial study of the possibilities of GSM technology, used in conventional mobile telephony, research continues on the viability of the use of mobile telephony to identify and collect toll payments, with a real traffic pilot project on the A28-Norte Litoral highway in Oporto. Once the practical usefulness of the project has been demonstrated, it could become a new alternative commercial payment solution in highways with electronic toll collection for users who do not have on-board units. It could also represent significant savings compared with the existing operating costs for toll operators in Portugal. The second finalist in the Ferrovial Awards is the project positioning the Cintra brand as a road safety supply company. Cintra is promoting a communication strategy that allows the transmission of improvements and progress in highway safety between users and clients.


  • Ferrovial Agroman has headed up the Sofia project, consisting of the development of an infrastructure control and monitoring system financed as part of the INNPACTO program, and funded partially by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO). The platform integrates information from different wireless sensor systems and so that the data registered can be processed and analyzed in real time, and used to optimize the operation of infrastructures. Through this project Ferrovial Agroman aims to offer its clients the added value of intelligence in design and construction, so that these infrastructures have the necessary equipment for their intelligent management as a further element integrated during their construction process. Field tests have been carried out in 2013, mainly at various points of the Terrassa-Manresa toll road to the north of Barcelona operated by the concessionaire Autema. Air quality control sensors, acoustic sensors, concrete crack control sensors and vehicle counting and classification sensors have been installed on the site, as well as cameras to monitor the movement of fauna.
  • Of note in the area of Smart Cities is the Ciudad2020 project. It promotes the design of a new paradigm of cities, based on five aspects: the city connected to the Internet of the future; energy efficiency; sustainable mobility and transport; the environment; and how citizens react to the challenges of the 20-20-20 goals in the upcoming years. These goals are as follows: a reduction of 20% in emissions, production of 20% of renewable energy; and a 20% improvement in energy efficiency. The project belongs to the INNPRONTA program of the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI). It has an R&D budget of over 15 million euro. Ferrovial Agroman is responsible for the package of energy efficiency work and takes part in the transport and environment work with collaboration of Ferrovial’s CI3, the University of Alcalá and the Integrated Home Automation Center of the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). In 2013 the first energy, transport and environment services have been defined and the first tests of the devices designed were carried out, including some services in real experimentation environments. Progress was made in the definition of the system’s architecture and it has been presented in various forums, such as the Greencities and Sustainability forum in Malaga, receiving the support of the cities of Santander, Malaga and Zaragoza.
  • PRENDE, the Spanish acronym of Efficient District Energy Rehabilitation Platform, is a result of the strategy of neighborhood renewal. The aim is to offer a customer-focused service through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools that are easy to access and handle. It can provide information for local people and channel their interests in the energy efficiency of districts through the restoration of buildings and recommendation of good practices. This involves citizens directly in the restoration of their environment and makes them aware of the importance of energy saving. The PRENDE project is part of the national INNPACTO program, headed up by Ferrovial Agroman. Also participating are Ferconsa, the Municipal Housing and Land Company of Madrid, 3Lemon (communication), CIEMAT (through two of its research units, the Energy Efficiency Studies unit and the Extremadura Center for Advanced Technology) and CI3 as partners. In 2013 the different types of buildings in the Moratalaz, Hortaleza and Arganzuela districts in Madrid were identified, including their year of construction, surface area, and the results of their statutory technical building inspection (ITE), thus giving a better idea of the needs of the local housing stock. Ferconsa has carried out a study on the current law in relation to restoration and energy efficiency, as well as restoration plans in autonomous regions and the implementation of the Building Evaluation Report (IEE) by local councils. In 2014 the platform will be open (in its testing phase) to execute communication and dissemination strategies in the social media and through campaigns that integrate creative activities in the local neighborhoods.
  • In the area of the railroad, Ferrovial Agroman is heading up the Dinatrans project. Financed through the INNPACTO grant call and with the collaboration of ADIF, Precon, the University of Cantabria and CI3, the research focuses on developing a prototype transition zone between slab track and ballast track for highspeed freight and passenger lines designed to minimize extreme material wear, loss of geometry and track quality. In 2013 work was carried out on the mathematical model of the track to simulate its theoretical behavior with and without the transition zone. Manufacture of the prototype is expected to start in 2014, with testing in an experimental environment.
  • Ferrovial Agroman’s Optima Envolvente project aims to design and develop active skins that can be manufactured industrially, satisfying the needs for comfort in an effective and sustainable way. The project, which began in 2013, has the following aims: investigate in the area of new construction materials, systems and processes to solve the problems affecting the skin of the current and potential stock of buildings; integrate sustainable energy sources as part of the skin to satisfy energy demand; design, integrate and model different construction solutions with a clear focus on sustainable industrialization for restoration and new housing; and experiment and validate construction solutions in the Casa Patio 2.12 laboratory to improve the behavior of skins.
  • The most notable innovation activity by Ferrovial Agroman UK has been the continued implementation of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process and procedures at the project and strategic level. BIM is a system of modeling information for building that provides a coordinated and integrated management structure from the start of a project, its construction and final maintenance. At the design phase of the building or infrastructure a model is designed in 3D, assigning information to each element or unit of the project (cost, planning, CO2 emissions, quality, etc.) in order to manage the project during the construction and maintenance phase. At the end of 2013 Ferrovial Agroman Ireland agreed to carry out a case study with BIM on the A8 Belfast to Larne project in Northern Ireland, which will be carried out at the start of 2014, in order to acquire knowledge of the initial criteria that have to be established when using BIM on linear construction projects.
  • Tecpresa has in 2013 certified the development of a new Saddle technology, which offers the same results as modern brace system. The braces of parallel cables for suspension bridges can be secured to the bridge towers using anchors at the ends of the brace, or may be carried using saddles that guide the cables from one side of the tower to the other, transferring the vertical reaction of the cable to the tower by a transfer of forces. The use of saddles provides the tower with a more efficient design, while simplifying construction and increasing architectural freedom. All the characteristics of the saddle have to be verified by specific tests, in particular fatigue resistance, given that the reaction to fatigue of the friction of the cable under stress on the surface of the saddle is impossible to predict by calculations.
  • In Ferrovial Agroman US, the consortium constructing the Virginia US460 highway is developing two initiatives. The first is Procore, a system of managing construction that provides control and documentary management of nearly all the aspects of the project. In those areas where Procore is not applicable or its applicability is extremely limited, such as the purchasing process, the process has been connected to InSite (Ferrovial Agroman’s new project management tool). This system makes use of a documentary control system (EDMS) that is capable of controlling all the areas of a project from its start. It provides digital approval for the need for purchases; project development in the form of a comparative table (supported by InSite); contract processing, authorizing its signature digitally by those responsible in each case; digital management of the corresponding invoices; and control of the documentation to be delivered by the subcontractor or consultant.
  • The second initiative of the Virginia US460 consortium is a project in collaboration with MIT to develop the Habitat Bank, one of the most important sustainability initiatives. The aim of this project is to show how to use “habitat banks” not only as a way of mitigating impact, but also as a business initiative. The MIT L-Lab team is analyzing the strategic viability for Ferrovial to enter the market of credit suppliers as a developer and the creation of a framework for identifying the optimum way of offsetting environmental impact in the U.S. through US460 as the pilot project. In addition, the estimated cost and possible opportunities for cost control will be evaluated (agreements for the use of soil, development costs and maintenance cost), together with the determination of potential risks and ways of mitigating them, and the optimization of all the processes needed to acquire finance from the corresponding agencies.
  • In 2013 the research project in collaboration with MIT for the calculation of the carbon footprint and analysis of sustainability in the process of selecting wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) was completed. A model has been developed for calculating the real carbon footprint of a WWTP, determining the mechanisms for generating greenhouse gases in the treatment of waste water, as well as the impact of these emissions on the environment, with the aim of evaluating the sustainability of the different options that may arise in the design of a waste-water treatment plant.
  • The first Ferrovial Innovation Awards were a valuable source of ideas that has revealed the needs of the construction business, how to improve, and provided possible solutions. As well as the evaluating and choosing the winning ideas, in 2013 all the proposals were classified into six main subjects. After a selection by experts in each area, they were analyzed more exhaustively with the aim of developing them as projects. One of the finalists was a machine for unloading and laying rail track without the need for ancillary track, known as a track-laying train, which has already been used on the section of AVE between La Sagrera and Mollet (Barcelona) with positive results, and for which a patent has been granted. The other shortlisted idea inspired the CAROL (Delivery Note Control and Online Registration) project, consisting of a versatile system of registering delivery notes and supervisor’s reports, providing all the information needed at the time of reception or termination of the work and integrating it into a computerized management system. The project is at the analysis phase for development and implementation, including the integration of electronic delivery notes from suppliers.


  • Within the Airport business unit, PowerFloor, the winning project of the Ferrovial Innovation Awards, has passed the evaluation and design phases and is to be installed in Heathrow Airport. The system uses passenger access in a corridor to generate energy, and improves the user experience through its graphic representation. Following the evaluation phase, which analyzed possible ways of deploying the project, initial work began for the development and implementation of a prototype. A corridor was chosen that links a waiting area in the airport’s Terminal 3 with one of its boarding areas through which around 5,000 passengers a day pass. The pilot project consists of a passage some 3.5 meters long and 18 meters wide, made up of 100 tiles that will capture the energy of passengers 18 hours per day. At the same time, the different possible alternatives are being analyzed in terms of the design, maintenance and installation process to be carried out in the passage.
  • Ferrovial Aeropuertos has focused its efforts on initiatives mainly designed to improve user experience at the airport. Along these lines are the TransAPP projects, a smartphone app that translates signs with subtitles using pre-selected languages by simply pointing the phone’s camera at the sign; and WayFinding, a concept being tested in Terminal 5 of Heathrow using the localization technology of PoleStar interiors that gives users their location and guides them along the terminal.