The Construction Technology Applied Research Group (GITECO) of the University of Cantabria takes part in SAFERUP!, a project
led by the University of Bolonia which is looking for innovative solutions to improve accessibility, sustainability and resilience of the paved urban environment
and which counts on the participation of a total of 30 institutions, among universities, research centres and companies. For this, the project finances a total
of 15 predoctoral contracts “Early Stage Researcher” (ESR) aimed at researchers specialised in intelligent, recycled and long-lasting pavement materials.
One of these predoctoral contracts (the ESR10) will develop the doctoral thesis in the University of Cantabria, where the predoctorate will study the identification of urban surfaces associated to flood risks and the development of new porous bituminous mixtures. Another (the ESR11), although carrying out the research in the doctorate programme of Coventry University, will develop an internship for 3 months in the UC studying aspects of water quality related to the use of pervious pavements.
The project is within the call H2020-MSCA-ITN-ETN-2017 in the innovative training networks Marie Sklodowska–Curie, funded by the H2020 programme.
For further information, please see below:
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The event will take place on 27 March 2018 in Nice (France) within the framework of the PPRS2018 (Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit). PPRS
will gather representatives from main construction companies, concessioners and experts involved in pavement preservation, thus being the perfect place to display HEALROAD
results. The project will have a dedicated session on Tuesday from 11.30 to 14.00 hrs.
HEALROAD is co-funded by the ERA-NET Plus Infravation 2014 Call that aims at cost-effective advanced systems, materials and techniques in road infrastructure construction and maintenance. For more information, visit: www.healroad.eu.
The HEALROAD project is coordinated by the GITECO research group of the University of Cantabria.
Last 7 March 2018 the kickoff meeting of the project “Artificial Reef 3D Printing for Atlantic Area (3D PARE)" was held at the Civil Engineering School of the University of Cantabria, to which representatives from the 5 institutions that make up the consortium attended. The 3DPARE, coordinated by the Construction Technology Applied Research Group (GITECO) of the University of Cantabria, is aimed at the development of artificial reefs for the sustainable management of the marine ecosystems of the Atlantic area. It is expected that the results verify the viability of this promising technique for the valorization of the ecosystem services. The project started in January 2018, will last 4 years and will be carried out by a consortium made up by the next universities and research centres: Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction from Caen (France), Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. (Portugal), Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Bournemouth University (United Kingdom) and University of Cantabria (Spain).
A Workshop will be held in Carpiano (near Milan, Italy) on 27 February within the framework of the Infrastructure Innovation Programme INFRAVATION to
promote a more environmentally-friendly road sector. The following technical elements will be discussed during the Workshop, among others: use of RAP, by-products and
binder rejuvenating agents for the development of asphalt mixes; promotion of the Circular Economy approach; technical validation of the ALTERPAVE; assessment of
recyclability and use of smart labelling solution; environmental and economic validation of the technology through a LCA and LCC; and globally-oriented Supply Management Plan
and GIS-based application.
The ALTERPAVE project is coordinated by the GITECO research group of the University of Cantabria.
The Construction Technology Applied Research Group (GITECO) will coordinate one of the projects awarded in the last call of the INTERREG ATLANTIC programme. This programme promotes the cooperation between 37 Atlantic regions in 5 European countries, cofunding projects in the fields of Innovation and Competitiveness, Resource Efficiency, Territorial Risks Management, Biodiversity and Natural and Cultural Assets. The project, that GITECO will lead for 4 years, is called “Artificial Reef 3D Printing for Atlantic Area (3DPARE)” and its aim is to develop artificial coral reefs that help to preserve and recover the sea ecosystems of the Atlantic Area. Such reefs will be made with 3D printing and will have an innovative design. The construction materials of the reefs will be bioreceptive, durable and will have low environmental impact. The project will start next January 2018 and will be developed by a consortium formed by the next research centres: Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction de Caen (France), Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. (Portugal), Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Bournemouth University (UK) and University of Cantabria (Spain).
As benefiaciary partner of an ITN - Innovative Training Networks project, the Construction Technology Applied Research Group (GITECO) of the University of Cantabria supports the education for research making the mobility among European countries easier. This fosters the innovation and transference of knowledge through the exchange not only of information but also of individuals.
With the name “Sustainable, Accessible, Safe, Resilient and Smart Urban Pavements (SAFERUP!)”, this project aims to provide the European Community with innovative solutions that contribute with the urban setting of the future. Pathways, bike lanes, roads, intersections, squares and other surfaces will be designed, built and managed so that they fulfill not only criteria of safety, mobility and cost, but also sustainability, accessibility, environmental impact, circular economy and preservation of the local economy. The final objective of SAFERUP! is to enable new professionals to offer future generations more habitable cities thanks to the application of cutting edge solutions.
In relations to the tasks every partner will develop, GITECO will work on the design of new pervious resilient pavements, assessment of potential impacts of the Climate Change in urban pavements and mapping of urban areas according to their vulnerability.
The project, led by the University of Bolonia (Italy), will start next March 2018, last 4 years and will be developed by a consortium of 30 partners (13 of them beneficiary partners and the other 17 partner organizations): University of Bologna, Vienna University of Technology, University of Perugia, University of Nottingham, University of Cantabria, IFSTTAR, Coventry University, University College London, Lancaster University, University of Innsbruck, Celu Eksperts, Durth-Roos Consulting GmbH, Società Azionaria Prodotti Asfaltico Bituminosi Affini, Claret Consulting LLC, Mueller-BBM GmbH, Svensk Däckåtervinning AB, Fundación ONCE, Corecom srl, CEPSA, European Science Communication Institute, FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, Kassel University, TECNALIA, University Texas at San Antonio, University Texas at Austin, Iowa State University, University of New South Wales, Wuhan University, Technical University Riga, Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
Last 12 September, in the European Commission Building in Madrid (Spain), the Final Conference of the DURABROADS project took place. The project was funded by the 7th Framework Programme and has been led by the Construction Technology Applied Research Group (GITECO) of the University of Cantabria. Representatives from the European Commission, from the roads sector in Europe, from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the USA and members of other related European projects attended.
The session, chaired by Jesús Rodríguez (PTEC), Daniel Castro (University of Cantabria) and José Díaz (ERF), was divided in four sections. After the introductions by William Bird (European Commission) and Juan José Potti (EAPA), in the first section a view was presented of the European projects that are currently promoting innovation in roads construction. Next, members from the DURABROADS consortium (KTI, ACCIONA, University of Cantabria and BSRIA) presented some of the achievements now the project is coming to its end. Followingly, the third section focused on the role of the public authorities in the implementation of the sustainable and innovative solutions, highlighting the Green Public Procurement. Finally, the success of the collaboration between the Federal Highway Administration and two FP7 projects (DURABROADS and LCE4ROADS) was the core.
The next links offer further information of the DURABROADS project, the Final Conference and other projects developed by the GITECO, respectively:
* PTEC: Plataforma Tecnológica Española de la Construcción; EAPA: European Asphalt Pavement Association; ERF: European Road Federation.
This collaboration network aims to generalize the use of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in Spain, and the 2017 Conference has the participation of the main specialists at national level, coming from the Public Administration, the companies, the University and the research centers, gathered to discuss about the current panorama and the fundamental priorities in the short and medium term.
The RedSuDS 2017 Conference will take place on March 30 at the Association of Road, Channel and Port Engineers, C / General Arrando 38 (Madrid) and the attendance is free, after registration in this link.
During the show, Jorge Rodríguez talked to the listeners about the importance of the SUPRIS project when it comes to achieve the best possible adaptation of our cities to the climate change. The researcher highlighted the need for changing the urban dermis by using permeable pavements and green roofs to improve the sustainability and resilience of the urban environment in the event of extreme rains and temperatures.
The group GITECO (Construction Technology Applied Research Group), from the University of Cantabria, has been working for a year in the coordinated project: “Pervious Urban Surfaces, Resilient, Smart and Sustainable (SUPRIS), together with the Water and Environmental Engineering Institute from the Universitat Politècnica from València (IIAMA-UPV), funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER), with the aim to research on urban pavements and building roofs for their adjustment to Climate Change and to sensibly improve their sustainability.
The SIMA+ project (BIA2016-77372-R), supported by the National Plan for R+D of the Spanish Government and European Regional Development Funds, is the extension of the induction healing technology in asphalt mixtures to a more eco-efficient horizon by using alternative materials.
The GITECO from the University of Cantabria has already started working on the development of this project, enlarging the experience of the group in the research about the sustainability of asphalt mixtures.
GITECO will present 2 papers in the 41st IAHS World Congress on Housing (Albufeira, Portugal) and 3 papers in the 1st European Road Infrastructure Congress (Leeds, United Kingdom), where it will take part together with ACCIONA in the third meeting of the twinning programme EU/US in projects of transport infrastructures. Members of the Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will attend the meeting as representatives of the US. GITECO and ACCIONA are the coordinators of the FP7 projects DURABROADS and LCE4ROADS, respectively.
Francisco Ballester, Full Profesor in Construction Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria and Director of the GITECO research group, has been invited by the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) to speak at EPRI's 2016 Generation Advisory Meeting Wind Session that will be take place in Orlando (Florida), between 11th and 16th september 2016. The presentation will be about the design of very tall concrete towers for wind turbines and the Zeus Heavy Lifting System for equipment installation.
The POLYMIX project, coordinated by the Construction Technology Applied Research Group (GITECO) of the University of Cantabria, received the last Tuesday 31st May, as part of Green Week, the LIFE Environment Citizens' Award to the best LIFE project in 2015. In addition, the POLYMIX was also awarded one of the top 25 best projects within the same category. The awards were collected by Daniel Castro, Full Professor in Construction Engineering, project coordinator at the UC, and Technical Director of GITECO. The ceremony was held at The Egg Conference Centre, in Brussels. The rest of the project consortium is made up of Acciona Infraestructuras S.A.; the Plastics Technology Centre (AIMPLAS) and the Transports and Road Administration of the Community of Madrid.
The final list with the best projects resulted from a yearly evaluation process developed by EU Member States in collaboration with the European Commission, with the aim of improving the dissemination of the results of the best LIFE+ projects.
The main goal of POLYMIX, whose duration and budget have been 3,5 years and 1.535.225 €, respectively, was the real scale demonstration of the employ of new sustainable polymer-modified asphalt mixes, thus reducing the amount of polymeric wastes taken to landfill and hence the corresponding environmental impact.
POLYMIX Project (LIFE10 ENV ES 516), developed by the Universidad de Cantabria (Coordinator), Acciona Infraestructuras S.A., Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico (AIMPLAS) y Consejería de Transportes e Infraestructuras de la Comunidad de Madrid, has been co-funded by the European Commission as part of the LIFE Programme under the component Environment Policy and Governance.
Daniel Castro-Fresno, Technical Manager of the GITECO research group (Universidad de Cantabria) and Coordinator of the FP7 DURABROADS project, together with Nelson Gibson, main researcher at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center of the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), presented on January 12th, during the TRB 95th Annual Meeting , the advances made in the US/EU twinning exercise between the American institution and the DURABROADS partners in the framework of the US/EU collaboration in projects of transport infrastuctures.
The DURABROADS project, funded by the EC, is carried out by an international consortium integrated by Acciona (Spain), Fraunhofer (Germany), KTI (Hungary), European Road Federation (ERF), Tecnalia (Spain), Norwegian Graphite (Norway), Bsria (United Kingdom), Inzenierbuve Ltd (Latvia) and GITECO.
The Kick-off-Meeting of INFRAVATION took place on 12 and 13th november in Brussels (Belgium). In this event, funding countries, the technical and scientific panel of experts and the coordinators and partners of the selected projects were involved. The GITECO of the University of Cantabria attended as coordinator of two out of the nine finally funded projects.
Felipe Collazos Arias, PhD in Civil Engineering, associate lecturer at the University of Cantabria and technician at the Ministry of Development, was invited as a lecturer to the XXV World Road Congress. The Congress was celebrated in Seul from 2 to 6 November. The communication was included within the topic "Slope and foundation drainage and runoff water management".
The second joint meeting about research collaboration on road infrastructure projects between the EU and US was held in Madrid on 16 September. EU Project DURABROADS, coordinated by GITECO-UC, is pioneer to build this bridge together with counterparts from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The collaboration seeks to assess the performance of new bitumen and asphalt mixes provided by the Europeans with existing experiences already developed by the Americans. The meeting was the perfect occasion for EU and US experts to update and discuss their respective research experiences. It was also an opportunity to explore new actions and define a line of work for the coming months.
The GITECO of the University of Cantabria will coordinate two of the nine projects funded by the Infravation 2014 call. INFRAVATION is an initiative of the FP7 European Union programme under the scheme ERA-NET Plus, whose objective is the funding of innovative projects related to transports infrastructures. Eleven countries participate in the common fund: The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Island, France, Spain, Italy, Israel and USA.
The first of the projects, entitled: “Induction heating asphalt mixes to increase road durability and reduce maintenance costs and disruptions (HEALROAD)”, will start next 1 October 2015 and will be developed by an international consortium composed by: University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Federal Highway Research Institute (Germany), European Union Road Federation (Belgium), Heijmans Integrale Projecten B.V. (The Netherlands), SGS Intron B.V. (The Netherlands) and GITECO-UC itself (Spain).
The second project, entitled “Use of end-of-life materials, waste and alternative binders as useful raw materials for pavements construction and rehabilitation (ALTERPAVE)”, will also start next 1 October 2015 and will be carried out by an international consortium integrated by ACCIONA Infrastructures (Spain), Statens väg-och transportforskningsinstitut-VTI (Sweden), Western Research Institute (USA), Impresa Bacchi Srl (Italy) and GITECO-UC (Spain).
The group GITECO, from the University of Cantabria, will take part in the R+D+I project "Development of a piezoelectric device for energy recovery from vehicles in areas of reduced speed" that will be developed by the company Construcciones y Promociones, S.A.
Members of the GITECO group attended the developers work day of the Santander Council Open Data gateway, invited by the Innovation Councillor of the Santander Council. During the meeting, celebrated in the Pronillo Palace and chaired by the Santander Mayor, GITECO presented its geographical localization system for the hydrological rehabilitation of urban transport infrastructures, in the light of the RHIVU project of the Nationan Plan (Ref. BIA2012-32463).
His Doctoral Thesis, entitled “A new steel bridge launching system based on self-supporting double deck: structural numerical simulation and wind tunnel tests” and read in the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria in June 2013, was supervised by the Dr. Eng. Daniel Castro Fresno, from GITECO in the University of Cantabria, and Dr. Eng. Juan José del Coz Diaz, from GICONSIME in the University of Oviedo. The thesis got the International mention and got the Cum Laude qualification. Both Daniel Castro and Elena Blanco, lecturers and researchers from GITECO in the UC got the second award of this prize in 2001 and 2012, respectively.
The Spanish National Plan Project "R+D for the construction of asphalt active surfaces catching solar energy with storage by enhanced geothermal techniques" (BIA2013-40917-R), will help GITECO from the University of Cantabria to continue their work in the research line of Construction of Sustainable Energy Infrastructures.
The project, that is entitled "Design and development of a new energy technology based on deep geothermal exchangers with advanced materials and mortars", will be led by the company Sacyr Industrial and GITECO and the company Norwegian Graphite will also collaborate in it.
Representatives from the DURABROADS consortium, including GITECO as project coordinator, and the European Commission, travelled to Washington DC to meet counterparts of the Federal Highway Administration at the end of March.
This meeting represents a true milestone for both organizations opening for the first time an official collaboration within the Framework of an EU co-funded Programme. The objective of the meeting was the elaboration of the roadmap identifying bridges between the EU project DURABROADS and other similar US initiatives in the sector.
The University of Cantabria, AIMPLAS, Acciona Infraestructuras and the Community of Madrid Roads and Highways Administration will explain all the stages of POLYMIX project. Repsol, ASEFMA and CEDEX will also take part.
The Group GITECO will lead for the next three years and a half a project of the VII Framework Programme aimed at investigating long-term asphalt pavements. The project, entitled Cost-effective durable roads by green optimized construction and maintenance (DURABROADS) will start this October and will be carried out by an international consortium formed by Acciona (Spain), Fraunhofer (Germany), KTI (Hungary), European Road Federation (ERF), Tecnalia (Spain), Norwegian Graphite (Norway), Bsria (United Kingdom), Inzenierbuve Ltd (Latvia) and GITECO itself.
The Faro Avenue in Santander will be the test section of the Greenroad project, developed together by GITECO of the University of Cantabria, the Santander Council and COPSESA company for the manufacture of ecological asphalt. The project, with a budget of €1.3M, is 50% financed by the EC thanks to the call Life+ and represents a new example of public-private collaboration in R+D+i.
The Construction Technology Applied Research Group of the University of Cantabria (GITECO) organizes the online retransmission of the 2nd edition of the Technology Demonstration Fair of Road Infraestructures, INNOVACARRETERA 2013. You can watch the live broadcast of the fair in the Lecture Hall of the Engineering School of the University of Cantabria on 21st May
The Applied Research group GITECO continues its work on the research line of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) thanks to the award of the National Plan project "Hydrological Rehabilitation of Urban Road Infrastructures" (BIA2012-32463) (RHIVU in Spanish).
The paper Abrasive wear evolution on concrete pavements, by the PhDs Álvaro García (graduate from GITECO and EMPA researcher), Daniel Castro (GITECO), Juan Antonio Polanco (LADICIM) and Carlos Thomas (LADICIM), have been awarded the 2012 Best Scientific Paper of the journal Road Materials and Pavement Design.
The PhD thesis on "Flexible systems of high resistance for slope stabilization. Revision of the existing methods and proposals for a new methodology", by the PhD. Civil Engineer Elena Blanco Fernández, defended in the University of Cantabria´s Civil Engineering School, has been awarded one second prize by ANCI (National Association of Independent Constructors in Spanish).
The work "Study and analysis of a new bridge thrust system", presented by the members of the GITECO Research Group Antonio Navarro-Manso, Mar Alonso-Martínez and Daniel Castro-Fresno and the Professor from the University of Oviedo and responsible of the GICONSIME Research Group Juan José Del Coz-Díaz has got the first prize in the master category in the area of engineering and arquitecture in its 11th edition.
The 2km-road section in the M-300 Highway was inaugurated by the former President of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre. In the manufacture, an innovative asphalt made with 20tons of clothes hangers, caps, containers and tyres has been used.
The Giteco Research Group, from the University of Cantabria, together with COPSESA and the SANTANDER COUNCIL will carry out a project to develop and manufacture ecological asphalt.
The Giteco Research Group, from the University of Cantabria, collaborates with IBERDROLA in a R+D+i project to improve the reinforced concrete foundations of off-shore wind turbines used to produce marine wind energy.
The Giteco Research Group, from the University of Cantabria, works with the HIGHWAYS AGENCY, ACCIONA Infraestructures and AIMPLAS (Tecnological Institute of Plastics) in a project to develop asphalt with plastic wastes.
Next 5 March we will start the sixth edition of the MOOC "Introduction to Sustainable Construction. Introducción a la Construcción Sostenible" and it is a new opportunity to recommend this course to your contacts or even to do it, in case you were not able to complete it in the previous editions. The enrollment is open in:
A group of students of Civil Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria has participated on 14, 15 and 16 March in the 10th Winter Road Conference, which has been celebrated in Santander and has been organized by ATC (Asociación Técnica de la Carretera) and ACEX (Asociación de Empresas de Conservación y Explotación de Infraestructuras). This approach of the students to the professional world, dealing with national and international experts in on of the most interesting topics in what concern the operation and maintenance of roads, has been possible thanks to Mr. José Pablo Sáez Villar, Manager Director of ACEX and Secretary of ATC, and Felipe Collazos, part time lecturer of the University of Cantabria and Technician of the National Road Authority in Cantabria, as well as Mr. Alberto Bardesi Orúe-Echevarría, General Manager of ATC.
The MOOC on Sustainable Construction in Miríada X, developed by GITECO, has been awarded in 2017 with the Honorable Mention of the Open Education Consortium in the category of COURSE/OCW/MOOC.
The students of the Master in European Construction Engineering and the Degree in Civil Engineering visited the facilities of the company CANDESA Group in Camargo. This visit is part of the master module on Design and Sustainability and the degree course on Sustainability in Construction.
Students of the Master in European Construction Engineering visit one more year the IH Cantabria facilities, within the module dedicated to the study of Research Methods in Civil Engineering.
Students of the subject of Sustainability in Construction visit the emergency works carried out by the Demarcation of State Highways in Cantabria in the A-67 as it passes through the neighborhood of La Contrina in Los Corrales de Buelna.
Next 3 October we will start the fourth edition of the MOOC "Introduction to Sustainable Construction. Introducción a la Construcción Sostenible" and it is a new opportunity to recommend this course to your contacts or even to do it, in case you were not able to complete it in the previous editions. The enrollment is open in:
The Master in European Construction Engineering celebrates its 25th anniversary and it is renamed as Master in Construction Research, Technology and Management in Europe. The annual general meeting for academic coordination took place on 10 and 11 June at the School of Civil Engineering of Santander, bringing together teachers from the eight European universities participating in this master, with the support of the City Council of Santander, the University of Cantabria and the CISE.
Next 4 April we will start the third edition of the MOOC "Introduction to Sustainable Construction. Introducción a la Construcción Sostenible". The enrollment is open in
Students of the Master in European Construction Engineering visited the building site of “Centro Botín” in Santander. This project, designed by Renzo Piano, will be one of the main cultural references in the north of Spain, highlighting its cover made of thousands of ceramic pieces and its LEED Silver certification.
The students of the Master in European Construction Engineering and the Degree in Civil Engineering visited the facilities of the companies VALORIA Waste SL and CANDESA Group in Camargo. These visits are part of the master module on Design and Sustainability and the degree course on Sustainability in Construction.
José Mª Martínez Gutiérrez, Key Account Manager at Sarens Technical Solutions, will give the conference “SARENS TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS. INSTALLATION OF HEAVY LOADS WITHOUT CRANES” as part of the different conferences given to the students of the Master in European Construction Engineering.
Students of the Master in European Construction Engineering visit one more year the IH Cantabria facilities, within the module dedicated to the study of research methods in civil engineering.
From October 5, the second edition of Introduction to Sustainable Construction MOOC starts, led by Professor Francisco Ballester Muñoz and taught by lecturers Daniel Castro-Fresno, Elena Blanco-Fernández, Pablo Pascual-Muñoz and Jorge Rodriguez-Hernandez. Enrollment is open and free through the Míriada X platform:
The interview with Professor Jorge Rodríguez Hernández on MOOC "Introduction to Sustainable Construction - Introduction to Sustainable Construction" has been published. Currently more than 3,600 students from around the world participate in the first edition of this massive online open course, in which Professor Francisco Ballester and the rest of the teaching staff review the main aspects of the future of construction, by interviewing experts and practical activities. The enrollment is still open in Miríada X.
Lecturers and students of the Master in European Construction Engineering visit the “Centro Botín” construction site in Santander, within the module of design and sustainability. During the visit, Marta Casanova from Botín Foundation, and Rocío Vilas, from the company Bovis, respond the questions from students, highlighting the importance of this project designed by Renzo Piano, for the cultural and social activity of the region. With the needed personal protection equipment, the lecturers and the students walked through the worksite analysing the technical characteristics of this building, focusing in the quality and sustainable issues that will grant its LEED certification.
The students of the Master in European Construction Engineering and the Degree in Civil Engineering visited the facilities of the companies VALORIA Waste SL and CANDESA Group in Camargo. These visits are part of the master module on Design and Sustainability and the degree course on Sustainability in Construction.
In VALORIA the students saw the reception of trucks, various stockpiles and the operation of processing equipment for the recovery of construction and demolition waste (CDW). While in CANDESA they saw the front of the quarry, the aggregate processing plant, different stockpiles and the concrete production plant. In addition, the managers of both companies, Javier Camino and Ildefonso Salcines, discussed with students the state of the aggregates industry and its future potential, answering the questions that arose about the production and use of different materials.
An external expert panel from the Spanish Accreditation Agency (ANECA) will visit the Civil Engineering School in Santander during the first week of December in order to assess the performance of the Master in European Construction Engineering from 2009 to 2013. After their visit, ANECA will decide about the renewal of the official accreditation for 4 years more. Comments to take into account during this process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students of the Master in European Construction Engineering visit one more year the IH Cantabria facilities, within the module dedicated to the study of research methods in civil engineering. During the visit, the IH staff respond the questions from students, showing several examples of some of their recent research projects conducted in different countries across the world. Among their facilities, highlighted the interest of students by Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin (CCOB), which is a Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructure of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Two conferences about R+D+I in Construction Engineering will be given by Professors Francisco Ballester and Daniel Castro in Casyc and the UC Paraninfo, respectively.
The University of Cantabria´s Rector and the General Director of the company FCC Construction sign a collaboration agreement to develop the University Programme in Construction Sciences, run by the Area of Construction Engineering, in collaboration with the Research Group Giteco.