FCC Industrial follows the steps of the FCC Group when it comes to firmly committing to innovation and development. Through its different lines of business, it participates in R & D projects of very different types thanks, in part, to the synergies between the different work teams and divisions.

Based on the experience of our teams, acquired during years of work in complex international projects and with our own methodology, R & D & I projects are being developed in:

  • LNG storage
  • Big Data
  • Cybersecurity

Important projects

Optiport

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OptiPort is a software tool developed for port managers, as support in making decisions related to the management and planning of the port and its resources.

OptiPort allows the definition by the user of possible future scenarios, based on:

  • Elements used by the ship: docks, berths, monobuoys, anchorages, navigation ways, etc.
  • Historical data of climatic agents: waves, wind, fog, etc.
  • Ship traffic, characterized by variables such as the type of vessel, its size, preferred destinations, arrival patterns, operation times, demand for port services (pilotage, towing and mooring), etc.
  •  Port services offer.
  • Management criteria, such as ships priority, security, etc.

Once the Optiport scenario has been defined, it allows the simulation of the maritime operations of a port, using probabilistic techniques:

  • Predicts the quality of port operations.
  • Estimate the uncertainty of the effectiveness of a management and planning policy.
  • Compare the effectiveness of different alternatives or management and planning policies.
  • Calculate a set of port management indicators.

OptiPort has been developed by FCC Industrial and PROES, with the collaboration of the Bahia Port Authority of Algeciras as a pilot port.

Avanza Galerias

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Avanza Galerias is a system for managing the service galleries of the city of Madrid, an infrastructure of some 160 km of underground tunnels thanks to which some energy, gas, water and telecommunications companies provide their services to citizens. These galleries are also used by the state's security forces.

It is a multi-platform web system that allows the control of fire detection devices, gases, CCTV, audio and public address systems, access control and the management of authorizations issued by the City Council to carry out work and access to galleries.

Both the staff of the company in charge of maintenance and supervisory staff of the City take advantage of the mobility by allowing them to access from different devices and locations for the performance of their daily tasks.

The system, physically deployed in the control center of service galleries of the City of Madrid, has been designed to enjoy the benefits of virtualization, redundancy, scalability and high availability, with the existence of a secondary control center.

Madeira

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Supply and installation of ITS systems (Intelligent Transportation Systems) for the control and management of highway traffic including communications network, video surveillance systems, shadow toll, variable signaling, roadside assistance systems and control integration. road tunnels (3 tunnels longer than 1,000m, 7 tunnels between 460m and 1,000m and 20 tunnels less than 460m long).

The fundamental elements are:

  • The communication system hierarchical network transport fiber optic (10G) and mixed distribution (Fe / FO) that centralizes all services and equipment of different bandwidth requirements for data (250 kbps) audio (64kbps) and video (6.0Mbps).
  • Centralized control center with a hardware architecture that integrates virtualized servers, bi-screen graphic stations and High Definition Video Wall.
  • Operation software management system that manages all traffic subsystems for tunnels: Ventilation, Automatic Incident Detection, SOS Posts, Fire Detection and Extinction, etc).
  • Operation software management system that manages road traffic subsystems: variable signaling panels, counting stations and vehicular classification for shade toll, traffic gauging.

In total the project developed allows the integral management of more than 50 km of dual carriageway with 2 + 2 lanes including 30 tunnels.

Coatzacoalcos

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Supply and installation of ITS control and management systems for the submerged road tunnel that connects the two banks of the mouth of the Coatzacoalcos River with the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz province. The project allows the control of a 1,200m bi-tube tunnel under the river, interconnecting the two provinces of Allende and Coatzacoalcos.

The ITS control and management system of the tunnel, integrates all the electromechanical installations of the tunnel, system of emergency posts on the road, variable signaling inside and outside the tunnel, meteorological stations, closed circuit television, classification and counting stations of vehicles and RTU stations of distributed control.

The communications system is implemented through a redundant local control system, with RTUs in master-slave configuration in each of the technical rooms of each tunnel mouth and virtualized RTUs in the control center, so as to guarantee the integrity of the control of systems in situations of fall or functional degeneration.

The centralized Control Center with a hardware architecture that integrates physical and virtualized servers, bi-screen graphic stations and high definition Video Wall. The fully developed operating software management system (AVANZA TUNEL) manages all traffic subsystems for tunnels (Ventilation, Automatic Incident Detection, SOS poles, Fire detection and extinction, PMV, etc.).

Development of the interlock in the Medellin Metro

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The scope of the project involved the modernization of three interlocks of line A of the Medellín Metro, to migrate them from an original relay-based technology to a platform that integrates industrial PLCs with a redundant input and output architecture.

The fundamental elements of the project can be summarized as follows:

  • Replacement of the current control and control system as well as security
  • Incorporation into the system of a new detour with its corresponding elements in order to improve the efficiency of the line
  • Supply of a continuous train control system compatible with the originally installed system.
  • Total compatibility with existing signaling systems, traffic systems, the current train fleet and equipment and track elements used in the system
  • Modernization of the elements without service interruption

The whole project is developed under the protection and certification of European standards for the railway sector (CENELEC).