Construction and public works
Development of methods and technologies for managing infrastructure such as roads, railways, bridges, dams, canals, tunnels, underground structures and buildings.
Territorial and economic assessment and planning
Ensure and improve the socioeconomic and socioecological functioning of territories considering the principles of sustainable development and local, regional, national and community policies, including those of regional development, urban planning and housing as well as infrastructures.
Modelling of construction information (BIM), detailed micromodelling and numerical simulation, decision-making tools, optimum design and monitoring and security products for critical infrastructure monitoring.
Exploration, conservation and maintenance of infrastructure
Monitoring the state of all elements that exist together in the structure.
Analysis of the vibratory impact of infrastructure and erosion of soils on various plots of land at different scales and modelling of future environmental changes, using predictive modelling.
Protection against the risk caused by earthquakes and sustainable, participative post-disaster reconstruction in areas of high seismic risk.
Study of the conservation and maintenance of motorways, roads, railways and historical and masonry structures.
Study of the most relevant hydrodynamic processes in coastal or estuary areas, including turbulence in the breakwater zone, wave propagation and circulation of currents, to reduce risk and increase the capacity of resistance in the coastal zone to the impact of extreme hydrometeorological events.
The aim is to improve the prevention and assessment of expansive phenomena in hydraulic infrastructure, develop materials and methods to renovate hydraulic works and to propose a method for management and comprehensive assessment of infrastructure.
In addition, new materials and methods are developed for repairing hydraulic infrastructure in the most sustainable, lasting way.
Projects are carried out on comprehensive, cross-cutting management, maintenance, and safety assessment of the built heritage of hydraulic infrastructure in Spain.
Construction processes that consider a reduction in the use of natural resources and concepts such as industrialisation or digitisation; reduction in the use of raw materials and energy.
Technical studies and plans related to controlling quality and safety in the execution of construction works and public works.
Analysis of construction materials and materials technology
Study of the structural behaviour and durability of the materials in various structures, such as the analysis and design of concrete structures, structures made of steel and compounds and fibre glass reinforcement.
Recycling of materials
Recycling of structural materials, sustainable design of structures and interventions to strengthen and remodel them, minimise the environmental impact, and use waste and by-products. Structures may be made from reinforced and prestressed steel, metal or mixed, masonry, wood, polymers reinforced with fibres and alloys with shape memory, among others.
Life cycle of major modern civil infrastructure projects from a global perspective, which involves planning, design, construction, useful life and exploitation, maintenance and disassembly and recycling, considering economic, social, environmental, quality and health and safety factors.
- Cities are responsible for 80% of global energy consumption, 70% of total waste generation and 60% of greenhouse gas emissions of the planet. For this reason, measures need to be taken to transform cities into more sustainable, circular ecosystems.
- Researchers at the Centre for Land Valuation Policy (CPSV), from the research group Quality of Urban Life: Innovation, Sustainability and Social Engagement (QURBIS) at the UPC, have participated in the design of the theoretical model of the Building Renovation Passport based on BIM and Blockchain for the public administration.
- Currently, buildings are becoming smart organisms due to a wide range of distributed sensors and software programmes that provide them with a certain degree of intelligence. In this context, SUST(AI)N emerged. Participants in this project include researchers from the Instrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces Group (ISI) and the Components and Systems for Communications Research Group (CSC) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC).
- A study by the Centre for Land Valuation Policy (CPSV) at the UPC analyses the average increase in temperature and heat waves in the main cities of Spain. The average increase in temperature was 3.54°C between 1971 and 2022. Over these last 50 years, summer days have increased from 90 to 145, which represents a two-month increase in hot days. Tropical nights have gone up by 18 from an average of 45 to 63.