More than 300 R&D and Innovation projects over the course of two decades, 12 families of patents currently in force and present in 28 countries and collaborating with more than 40 research centers and universities in 12 countries demonstrate OHL’s commitment to innovation.
As stated in its Innovation Vision, OHL develops and applies innovative solutions focused on efficiency, process improvement and new products and services, to generate value for the company, for its customers and for society. OHL is also committed to excellence in management to promote and encourage continuous improvement.
The aspiration of OHL is to contribute to the promotion of technological innovation in its sector, to become a reference in the field, to be recognized by its customers, suppliers and by society in general for the technical excellence applied to all its businesses, and to be a company in which the best professionals want to work.
OHL’s commitment to innovation also takes the form of its participation in initiatives such as: the Cotec Foundation; the Spanish Technological Platform for Construction, of which it is a trustee; the es.BIM commission for the implementation of the BIM methodology in Spain; the SEOPAN R&D&I Committee and the ENCORD Board (European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development.
High-tech road surfaces
OHL has gained extensive research experience in the field of asphalt mixtures, roadway surfaces, and asphalt, in both the design of their components as well as their handling and installation at the worksite.
The R&D activities in this area have generated multiple innovations, especially in the field of paving techniques related to asphalt, where OHL has been a pioneer in its use in Spain, and internationally, exporting its technology to different countries.
The wide range of solutions developed includes road surfaces that are more flexible, stronger, longer lasting, sustainable and economical, and that drain better.
In the area of high-strength structural concrete (HSC), OHL has developed different solutions, with special characteristics in terms of their weight, pumping capacity, self-compacting, high initial strength, low shrinkage, low hydration heat and very high long-term strength.
Examples of this type of concrete can be found in some of the emblematic infrastructure and building projects constructed by OHL, such as its headquarters in Madrid, Torrespacio, the Ciudad de la Justicia in Barcelona, and the T4 terminal at the Adolfo Suárez - Madrid Barajas Airport.
Implementation of BIM in the company’s key processes
OHL’s vision in this field is to become an international leader in the integration of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in all of its core processes, as a methodology for the management of digital projects that provides added value for all of its stakeholders.
To achieve this goal, OHL is progressively implementing it worldwide through an ambitious plan broken down into four lines of action: integration of processes using BIM, integration of computer systems through BIM, standardization of data and processes and management of change in people.
OHL has extensive experience in the use of BIM at the project level, in actions such as: Station 72 of the New York Metro (USA), the Américo Vespucci highway (Chile), the EPC Ski railway project (Norway), the Caleido Tower in Madrid (Spain), the Gustavo Fricke and Curicó hospitals (Chile) and the National Museum of Archaeology - MUNA - in Lima (Peru).
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