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FCC showcases innovation in Spain’s capital during Engineering Week

22/05/2017

FCC showcases innovation in Spain’s capital during Engineering Week

  • The head of the “La Adelantada” tunnel boring machine, was displayed in the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, on the plaza of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium
  • The GNC hybrid plug-in collector/compactor vehicles, rear-loading and with a capacity of 27 m3, were on show in the Plaza de Ruben Darío.
FCC showcases innovation in Spain’s capital during Engineering Week

FCC took part in the Fourth Civil Engineering Week in Madrid, which was held from 22 to 28 May under the slogan “Civil Engineering to Change the World”.

During the event, members of the public were able to enjoy displays, workshops, demonstrations, visits, seminars and conferences for a closer look at the professional activity of Civil Engineers.

In addition, various elements of engineering and innovation that have had significant impact were placed in key locations around the city.

This year, FCC provided the head of the “La Adelantada” tunnel boring machine (TBM) in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium plaza and one of its GNC hybrid plug-in collector/compactor vehicles, rear-loading and with a capacity of 27 m3, was installed in the Plaza de Ruben Darío.

This exhibition was designed to show that behind the construction of large bridges, major roads, city landscaping, dams and water works are the Civil Engineers who improve the public’s quality of life through their expertise.

FCC, leader in the Paseo de la Castellana

FCC is a leader in the Paseo de la Castellana. Innovation has been present along this avenue for many decades, it is reflected in some of the buildings that FCC has rehabilitated and built from the Plaza de Colón in the centre running up to the north of the city.

FCC has left its stamp on the building of the Atocha-Chamartín high speed tunnel and has contributed to the improvement and renovation of the Palacio de Cibeles, the Banco de España and the Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, among other buildings. FCC Group has also built symbolic buildings, making it a world leader, such as the Torre Picasso, the Torres Kio and the Torre Castellana, the latter is located in Madrid’s modern business complex.

“La Adelantada”

The “La Adelantada” TBM was a leader in tunnel boring, breaking numerous records with its performance. This machine was used in the construction of line 7 between Valdezarza and Pitis stations, on line 8 from the exhibition centre to the airport where it also broke a record by boring 792 metres in a month, on the Alcobendas – San Sebastian de los Reyes access branch, Colonia Jardín - Cuatro Vientos on line 10 of the Madrid Metro, line 12 of the Madrid Metro, the Móstoles section of Metro Sur, line 3 of the Madrid Metro from San Cristobal to Villaverde Alto, line 8 of the Madrid Metro from Barajas to the airport terminal 4, the access tunnel to the air side power station (CELA tunnel) in Barajas airport and line 2 of the Madrid Metro from La Elipa to Las Rosas.

Innovative vehicle

The GNC hybrid plug-in collector/compactor vehicle, rear-loading and with a capacity of 27 m3, is the only truck available and operational with these features in Europe. It works in electric mode and recharges its battery with the GNC engine when necessary while travelling on extra-urban roads to unload. It was developed by FCC Medio Ambiente and is a clear example of the progress made in intelligent municipal services to achieve “zero emissions” vehicles and to contributing to more sustainable mobility.