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:
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.
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
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.
PTPC - Portuguese Technological Platform for Construction
PTPC brings together companies, designers, universities, public entities and other entities of the National Scientific and Technological System (SCTN), with the mission of encouraging reflection on the Construction sector, implementing Research, Development and Innovation initiatives and projects, contributing to boosting their respective competitiveness in the general framework of the economy and promoting cooperation between stakeholders in the Construction and Public works sector, and related sectors.
Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções has held the Chair of PTPC since the date that it was set up (2011).
AEC Cluster - Architecture, Engineering and Construction
Established in 2016, the AEC Cluster is managed by PTPC. Its objectives are to act in the economic sector of Architecture, Engineering and Construction and within its effective ranks or value chain, promoting the achievement of high levels of innovation, technological development and competitive capacity, cooperation and networking, and the promotion of the internationalization of the cluster, specifically through participation in international networks.
The Portuguese Structures Engineering Association (PSEA), which is the Portuguese group of the International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções, through PTPC, participates in this association that aims to develop and promote
structural engineering at an international level. It is in charge of
the organization of major international congresses and conferences.
Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções has also established protocols with the following entities in the national scientific and technological system: Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), Higher Technical Institute (IST), the National Civil Engineering Laboratory (LNEC) and Minho University (UM).
ENCORD - European Network of Construction for Research and Development
Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções was accepted into ENCORD in 2014. However, due to a change in its statues, it is considered as a founding member of ENCORD, an association founded in 1989. ENCORD is the contact association with the European Commission for innovation in construction, and oversees the activity of the ECTP - European Construction Technology Platform. The largest Construction companies in Europe that promote innovation and competitiveness all participate in ENCORD.
Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções is a member of the Strategic Council of ENCORD and participates in the "Foresight" group, among others.
ECTP – European Construction Technology Platform
ECTP is an association similar to PTPC but with more of a European scope. As Chairman of the PTPC, Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções sits on the Steering Committee of the ECTP, in the Vision Group and the Heritage and Regeneration Working Group.
Concrete and aggregates laboratory in Portugal
Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções runs a Materials Laboratory in Portugal with the aim of providing support for the manufacturing and control of concrete to be used for its projects. Accredited by IPQ - Portuguese Institute of Quality since 1996, and as one of the first laboratories in the country to obtain this accreditation in the field of concrete and aggregates, in 2019 the Materials Laboratory maintained its accreditation under the NP EN ISO/IEC17025 Standard.