Improving the energy efficiency of structures, reducing CO2 emissions, protecting biodiversity and changing uses, such are our work priorities in terms of innovation.
Directly related to sustainable development, our innovation processes strengthen the partnerships that we forge with companies, laboratories, colleges and universities.
Combining all of these skills enables us to carry out a large number of future projects with significant added value. For example: the designing of insulating concretes (Thermedia 3.0) with Lafarge, optimisation of window insulation with Saint-Gobain, and creation of the "Sustainable Building and Innovation" chair with the l’École des Ponts Paris Tech, l’École Centrale Paris, Supélec and the CSTB ( l’École des Ponts Paris Tech), etc.
BIM (Building Information Modelling) also holds an important place in our R&D policy. We are already carrying out projects using this process through which information from the digital model is managed throughout the life of the structure: Paris Philharmonic Hall, Singapore Sports Hub, Amiens University Hospital Centre or Abidjan bridge. Thanks to significant progress made by companies and software publishers, the tools are now powerful enough to provide increasingly realistic images and real time interactions.
And because our employees have ideas that are often worth knowing and putting into action, we have set up a collaborative innovation process. Every 2 years a competition is organised and is bearing fruit: 889 dossiers were presented in 2014. A committee will select the best innovations and will provide the means to bring them to life.