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 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, of which it is a member
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 understands BIM ("Building Information Modeling") as a project management methodology, eminently collaborative and based on the integration of value data into digital models. The company considers it key to implement the processes and tools commonly encompassed under this BIM concept that add value to the company and its stakeholders.
To this end, it is adopting a global implementation in a coordinated and progressive way under four main guidelines: to orient all BIM-related actions towards specific uses that add value in their projects, effectively responding to the specific needs of each geographical area, client and contract; place people at the centre, through appropriate training and cooperation through a large internal global BIM community; progressively develop and adopt processes and standards that facilitate efficient BIM management within the company and in relation to third parties; and optimize the interrelationships of the processes and tools associated with BIM with the rest of OHL's processes and tools, especially with regard to data management.
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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