Investigation, Development and Innovation

“An Engineering house

"Ingenuity", a symbol of innovation and one of the values of the Teixeira Duarte Group, is part of the way Teixeira Duarte and its companies act, having given rise to the brand image of "House of Engineering" that characterises it so much.

With the aim of, together with its subsidiaries, continuing to promote the creation of innovative solutions, foster synergies and stimulate employees as agents of innovation, the Teixeira Duarte Group has set up an Innovation Committee that involves the Board of Directors and representatives of its business and corporate areas.

Innovative projects

Within the scope of Innovation, namely with the objectives of increasing the speed of construction and modular construction, the Construction, Facilities Management and Real Estate areas have developed and/or participated in various projects.

Within this set of projects, the following stand out:

SHELTER Project - Structural Hyper-resisting Element for Life Threatening Earthquake Risk

This project began in 2019 and is ongoing. The intention is to develop a globally innovative product, which can be installed in a central location of any apartment and will save the human lives of occupants in the event of an intense earthquake, with very low associated costs.

It is a 1.1-million-euro project co-promoted by the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), funded by the Portugal 2020 Program, with a total duration of 3 years. The project internally involves the areas of Metalworking, in the development of prototypes, and Buildings, in the construction of partial models of masonry buildings by Teixeira Duarte – Engenharia e Construções, S.A.. Externally, the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) participates, for testing on a seismic table, the IADE – Universidade Europeia, for the design and architectural integration of the shelter and SPI, through a system of service provision.

"OMICRON" Project

"OMICRON" is a European project funded by Horizon 2020, as part of the Mobility for Growth applications, lasting 42 months, in which "Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções, S.A." participates with 15 other partners from 7 European countries.

This project aims to develop innovative solutions for the maintenance and regeneration of road infrastructures, using more automated and optimized solutions through robotic technologies and intelligent decision support tools.

Teixeira Duarte is responsible for coordinating the main demonstrator of the project that aims to develop modular solutions for the execution of superior passages (for situations of: highway widening; fauna pathways and replacement of existing ones), in a fast, safe and sustainable way. On the Portuguese team, by Teixeira Duarte’s indication, the company Armando Rito is also involved (BRISA will also be involved as an interested party), and will participate as an interested party, providing access, signalling and safety during tests to be carried out on the demonstrator.

The financing originates 100% from outright grants, where 268.500,00€ have been allocated to Teixeira Duarte.

Digital Construction Revolution - REV@CONSTRUCTION Project

The project has a global investment of circa 8.5 million euros, of which about 1.3 million euros are the corresponding value of the Teixeira Duarte Group.
It has 24 participants, including companies, academia and industry associations, and is led by "Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções, S.A.".

Products, Processes and Services to be developed within the scope of this project:

  • DIGI4Construction - development of a national digital platform for construction, with BIM4bridges pilot application, involving Infraestruturas de Portugal, S.A.;
  • Digital Twin for AEC - processing of design/construction data, with pilot applications, namely paving 4.0 (Mota-Engil) and concrete 4.0 (Teixeira Duarte);
  • RCM4Assets - Digital Twin for Operation and Maintenance / Asset Management, predictive maintenance (Coordination Teixeira Duarte and TDGI);
  • Integration of all solutions with living lab projects, including BIM4Bridges using the concepts of RCM4Assets and,
  • Project Management and Communication.

The project funds these activities through outright grants.

In Portugal, the companies Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções, EPOS and SOMAFEL use an RDI management system according to the Portuguese Standard 4457, allowing them to channel all of their knowledge and creativity into innovation in the most efficient way.

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