With its first Campus Innovation, Bouygues Construction has big ideas for innovation

10/05/2014 | News

With its first Campus Innovation, Bouygues Construction has big ideas for innovation

Bouygues Construction wants to make 2014 synonymous with innovation. After taking an active part in the Solar Decathlon Europe and publishing a brochure dedicated to BIM, the Group is launching a large-scale event in the heart of Challenger, its head office complex: a “Campus Innovation”, entirely devoted to its R&D projects and its most innovative partnerships.

Two days with the same ambition

At the heart of our strategy and deeply rooted in each of our businesses, innovation is a powerful lever of competitive differentiation. As a clear sign of our commitment to the subject, Bouygues Construction has decided to turn the spotlight on innovation for two days, on October 6 and 7. This major event will bring together the Group’s employees and more than 400 customers and partners for two days, and will include seven round table discussions and more than 45 stands. This is a unique opportunity to showcase innovations that are drivers of sustainable construction, to which we devote half of our R&D budget every year.

The highlight of the day on October 6, which is reserved for employees, will be the award ceremony for the Innovation Competition, which shows that at Bouygues Construction, innovation is everybody’s business.  More than 2,000 employees took part in the competition in 2014, which is double the number than took part in the very first competition back in 2006, and a total of 889 entries were recorded, taking all of our businesses into account. Held every two years, the competition rewards the best inventions submitted by Group employees, both in France and in other countries.

Innovating with our partners

On October 7, our customers and partners as well as members of the general public are cordially invited to visit the exhibition of the Group’s flagship innovations, ranging from an exploratory drone to a demonstration of robots. As Bouygues Construction does not act alone, but by interacting with its ecosystem, the Campus Innovation specifically highlights projects carried out in collaboration with external partners, including other companies, start-ups, public-sector bodies and universities. Also featured will be Renault’s Eco2Charge project for smart management of energy-storage systems using second-life electric vehicle batteries, hybrid solar panels from DualSun and Panobloc® , a prefabricated timber panel that improves the thermal performance of buildings.

In the afternoon, there will be a series of round table discussions, during which prominent players, be they urban planners, specialists, industrial operators or decision-makers, will share their vision and experience of major issues relating to sustainable construction, to urban development, to new methods of funding for major projects, to the rehabilitation of existing building stock and to energy performance. At 6 p.m., Yves Gabriel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bouygues Construction, will chair the closing debate, on the theme of “the sustainable and connected city”, a topic on which the Group has focused many of its innovation initiatives for several years.

During the course of this very special day, our teams will be offering visitors guided tours of our flagship head office, Challenger, the first building in the world to achieve triple LEED®, BREEAM® and HQE® certification and the pilot site for many of the innovations developed or adapted with the aim of reducing a building’s consumption and use local natural resources for energy production.

Why not follow our big ideas on innovation?

So that as many people as possible can benefit from this first Bouygues Construction Campus Innovation, and as part of the concept of open innovation, the round table discussions will be broadcast live in their entirety on October 7 on the dedicated website.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Innovation in the construction process

Option 1

Construction in movement, led by Mathieu Vidard (France Inter)

Option 2

Infrastructures, by Denis Cheissoux (France Inter)

Discussions around new modes of construction brought about by the use of digital modelling, industrial prefabrication, and restoration of existing buildings.

Participating alongside Christophe Moreau, Business Modernisation Project Director, Bouygues Construction :

Bertrand Delcambre, France's ambassador for digital technology in the construction sector, André Le Bihan, Director of Building technologies for the Infrastructure & Cities sector, Siemens France, Nicolas Michelin, Architect and urban planner, François Pelissier, Chairman of Techniwood – President of the Meurthe-et-Moselle Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Discussion focusing on the Grand Paris project and how it is favourable to innovation (positive energy infrastructures, waste management, sustainable transport, and more).

Participating alongside Bertrand Burtschell, France Major Projects Director, Bouygues Travaux Publics :

Gérard Chérel, Programme director at the Société du Grand Paris, Rémi Feredj, Director of property, procurement and logistics at the RATP*, Guy Laurent, Director admixtures for concrete & industrial flooring, BASF, France, Ralf Winterling, Head of Projects at REHAU, Germany.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Building Financing and Performance

Option 1

Performance of buildings and developments, led by Mathieu Vidard (France Inter)

Option 2

New modes of financing, led by Denis Cheissoux (France Inter)

Focus on environmental performance:  energy management, water management, waste management, biodiversity, etc.

Participating alongside Philippe Van de Maele, Director of Innovation and Sustainable Construction at Bouygues Construction :

Patrick Criqui, Director of research at the CNRS - Director of the EDDEN laboratory, Stéphane Dambrine, Managing director of Paris Habitat-OPH -- AURIF President,  Yves Dieulesaint, Director of CSR at Gecina, Philippe Fixel, Vice president of IPD, Jérôme Gatier, Director of the sustainable construction plan, Roland Stulz, Executive director of Novatlantis, Switzerland.

Discussions about innovative financing (project bonds and bond issues).

Participating alongside Pascal Grangé, Deputy Managing Director, Bouygues Construction :

Thierry Déau, Chairman of Meridiam infrastructure’s investment fund, Pierre Debray, Global Manager for Structured Financing at Natixis, Henry Marty-Gauquié, Director of connections with international organisations, the EIB group's representative in Paris, Werner Von Guioneau, Chief Executive of InfraRed capital partners, UK, Deborah Zurkow, Managing Director – Head of Infrastructure Debt of Allianz global investors, UK.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: New uses

Option 1

Functional structures of the future, led by Mathieu Vidard (France Inter)

Option 2

Housing of the future, led by Denis Cheissoux (France Inter)

Discussion about the impacts that changes in society, new technologies, and the rise of new uses have on the construction of functional structures

Participating alongside Jean-Philippe Trin, CEO and President, Bouygues Energies & Services :

Sophie Béjean, President of the National strategic committee for further education, Campbell Middleton, Professor of Construction Engineering - Department of Engineering, Frédéric Valletoux, Mayor of Fontainebleau – President of the French Hospital Federation, David Yana, Director of Human Resources for France at Google

Discussion about the impacts that changes in society, new technologies, and the rise of new uses have on housing construction.

Participating alongside François Terrier, Deputy Managing Director of Bouygues Bâtiment IDF -  Habitat Social :

Pascal Chazal, Consultant – Founder of Ossabois, Étienne Crépon, Chairman of the CSTB (Centre for scientific and technical building studies), Yves Laffoucrière, managing director of the property group 3F, Denis Valode, Architect at Valode & Pistre.


6:00 pm: Towards a sustainable and connected city


Alongside Yves Gabriel, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Construction, elected representatives and managers of major companies will share their vision of the cities of the future with us:
 Patrick Braouezec, President of the Plaine Commune urban community,
 Julien Damon, Sociologist, associate professor on the urban planning master's degree at Sciences-Po,
 Edouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre – Député of Seine-Maritime,
 Bernard Reichen, Architect and urban planner at Reichen & Robert et associés,
 Luc Rémont, Chairman of Schneider Electric France,
 Jonathan Rose, Principal of AECOM's Architecture, UK,
 André Rossinot, President of the Greater Nancy urban community.

Conclusion : Myriam El Khomri, French State Secretary to the Minister for Urban Affairs


You can also follow the highlights of these two special days on Twitter, using the hashtag #campusinno.


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