Ferrovial has developed a smart formwork system that makes it possible to monitor pressure and temperature in real time so as to optimize work cycles and achieve greater safety when concreting. This is another step in the digitalization of the company’s construction projects.
The SmartFormwork project provides pressure and temperature information using sensors. The idea, which has already been implemented in major works such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, can optimize concreting speed and avoid overpressure that might jeopardize structural stability during construction. A pioneering initiative in the industry, SmartFormwork offers more exhaustive oversight, allowing for safer, evidence-based decisions.
SmartFormwork came about as part of the Zuritanken awards, the company’s internal innovation program, and was implemented through Ferrovial’s Construction subsidiary, which designed the entire project. Teams from Spain, the United Kingdom and Portugal participated in its development, in partnership with the Innovation departments.
The system was successfully validated in the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. It is expected to be rolled out in the company’s other projects around the world.
This initiative reflects Ferrovial’s commitment to innovation with the aim of both improving its employees’ health and safety and enhancing the efficiency of its construction processes. SmartFormwork also represents a step forward in Ferrovial Construction’s Abacus project, which pursues digital transformation by integrating conventional technologies with new digital systems.