Investigation, Development and Innovation


“An Engineering house


In 2019, a prospective study was conducted within the Teixeira Duarte Group for areas of Engineering and Construction, Facilities Management and Real Estate that allowed the definition of a Strategic Innovation Plan for the 2019-2020 two year period. This study identified speed of construction and modular construction as strategic guidelines.

Emphasis should be placed on the following projects that are being developed as part of this plan:

SHELTER Project

Structural Hyper-resisting Element for Life Threatening Earthquake Risk

An innovative product that is unique in the world that can be installed in a central location of any apartment and will save the lives of the occupants in the event of a strong earthquake at very low cost.
It is a 1.1 million euro project co-developed by Instituto Superior Técnico (Higher Technical Institute - IST), financed by the Portugal 2020 Program, with a total duration of 3 years. Internally, the project involves the metalwork areas in the development of prototypes, and the Building area in the construction of partial models of masonry buildings of Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções. External participants are the National Civil Engineering Laboratory (LNEC), for seismic table testing, IADE - European University, for the design and architectural integration of the shelter, and SPI, for provision of services.

NEXT Project

This project aims to explore the potential of digitalization in construction and innovative technology in real estate development, with the objective of reducing construction times and costs and implementing innovative solutions for construction and the end user.This project, coordinated internally by the Group's Real Estate area, preceded the designs for a development and has influenced the adoption of innovative solutions that meet the set objectives

NEST Project

Project that aims to enable the construction of social housing with costs of up to $10,000.00, involving the design of social housing with a "DIY" (Do It Yourself) model for populations with a low purchasing power (guided construction). Internal development is being coordinated by the Group's Real Estate area, with the involvement of the Buildings area and with the external involvement of Designers, Universities and Non-Governmental Organizations. Its total period is 1 year and 4 months. It has been decided to develop the first prototype in Angola, as soon as this is permitted by the country’s economic situation.

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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