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    IDOM is developing the Master Plan for the new Technology Park of Diamniadio, a new city created by the Government of Senegal with the intention of reducing the congestion suffered by the capital of the country, Dakar. The work of IDOM includes the architecture and basic and detailed engineering for this 25-hectare digital hub which will become the heart of this new administrative and business city.

    Published 27 03 2017
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    Designing the Technology Park of the new city of Diamniadio

     

    Diamniadio is a new city created by the Government of Senegal with the intention of reducing the congestion suffered by the capital of the country, Dakar. Attractive spaces are being created which will attract investors. In addition, the entire population will have access to Information and communication technologies (ICT).

    Located just 35 km from Dakar, close to the new international airport (AIDB), Diamniadio has over 4,000 hectares ready for development.

    The objective of the Government is to create a digital hub in an area of 25 hectares. This site will be the heart of this new administrative and business city, with space for ICT businesses serving both public and private companies, national and international.

    The total investment is €70 million euros, of which €61 million is financed by the African Development Bank and €9 million by the Government of Senegal. The first phase of this project involves the design and construction of 15,000 m2 of offices. The Technology Park will also include a Tier III data centre.

    IDOM has been chosen to develop the Master Plan of the Technology Park, including the architecture and basic and detailed engineering. We will also provide on-site technical assistance during the construction phase.

    This work is being carried out within the framework of the EMERGING SENEGAL PLAN (ESP), promoted by the Senegalese Ministry of Communications to stimulate the development of the information and communication technologies sector.

    Published 27 03 2017
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    A NEW GENERATION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS. IDOM IS WORKING ON THE SAFETY SYSTEMS

    The French company, Électricité de France (EDF), is close to completing the construction of the new 1,650 MWe nuclear reactor at Flamanville (Normandy). This new reactor design called the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR), is a Generation III+ reactor. The EPR is the evolution of the pressurized water reactors designed by the French firm AREVA-Framatome (reactor […]

    Published 20 03 2017
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    The French company, Électricité de France (EDF), is close to completing the construction of the new 1,650 MWe nuclear reactor at Flamanville (Normandy). This new reactor design called the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR), is a Generation III+ reactor. The EPR is the evolution of the pressurized water reactors designed by the French firm AREVA-Framatome (reactor N4) and the German firm Siemens KWU (KONVOI), and includes numerous improvements to increase the safety margins, reducing the likelihood of core meltdown and mitigating its possible consequences, as well as increasing its capacity to resist seismic vibrations.

    The new reactor incorporates important safety systems and improvements to the control room, safeguard buildings or fuel building whose ventilation systems are cooled by four 1,000 kW chillers, classified as Safety Related Units, that can perform additional emergency cooling functions of the safety injection pumps.

    EDF has awarded the contract for the chillers to ENGIE Refrigeration GmbH, a firm based in Lindau (Germany). A further four units have also been ordered, two 380 kW units and two 3,000 kW units, to chill the different ventilation systems during normal operation.

    Commissioned by ENGIE, IDOM is carrying out the supervision of the works and assembly of the eight units and auxiliary refrigeration systems. Given the multidisciplinary nature of our teams, IDOM has been able to provide ENGIE with the support for the necessary engineering studies to satisfy the requirements and modifications requested by EDF “in situ”, as well as resolving and adapting the existing designs to the real needs for assembly.

    IDOM’s history of collaboration with ENGIE, which began in 2016 with this project, has been extended to other sectors to include the basic and detailed design of the refrigeration system at the Endrup (Denmark) and Eemshaven (Holand) converter stations for the High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnection between the two countries. Thus, this close relationship is expected to continue in the future in all fields of action common to both firms.

    Article: Diego González/Unai Zuazo

    Published 20 03 2017
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    From Emerging Cities to Sustainable Cities

    Since the launch of the emerging and sustainable cities initiative (ESCI) in 2010, IDOM, with the support of our network of offices in South America, has been collaborating with the International Development Bank (IDB). So far, we have assisted over 30 medium-sized cities considered as ’emerging’. These are cities with a population of between 100,000 and 2 million inhabitants, growing at a much faster rate than mega cities. IDOM has collaborated in many projects, from studies on vulnerability to the impact of climate change, the identification of priority action scenarios, or the development of pilot projects.

    Published 17 03 2017
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    Since the launch of the emerging and sustainable cities initiative (ESCI) in 2010, IDOM, with the support of our network of offices in South America, has been collaborating with the International Development Bank (IDB). So far, we have assisted over 30 medium-sized cities considered as emerging. These are cities with a population of between 100,000 and 2 million inhabitants, growing at a much faster rate than mega cities. IDOM has collaborated in many projects, from studies on vulnerability to the impact of climate change, the identification of priority action scenarios, or the development of pilot projects.

    Aware of the phenomenon of accelerated growth in emerging cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, the IDB has launched this initiative. It is in these intermediate cities that there is greater opportunity to correct the existing pattern of development with greater impact, therefore, the IDB is assisting them in shaping a more sustainable future. As of today, more than 70 cities have already participated in the program.

    As a continuation of our long history of collaboration, the IDB is again working with IDOM on a systematic revision of the evidence gathered over 7 years of work in the ESCI cities. The work involves carrying out a transversal analysis of some of these cities and the data that determines them. The results of this analysis have been published in a book in Spanish entitled “From Emerging Cities to Sustainable Cities”. (Available for download here).

    This publication, which was presented for the first time on the occasion of The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held in Quito – Ecuador, sets out to be a guide to orientate the design of future metropolis in the XXI century. The aim is to broaden the discussion and encourage the involvement of regional political, technical and academic stakeholders as well as the civil society to focus on and influence the growth patterns of our cities in a positive and effective way, a turning point.

    Article: Daniel Rubio/María Álvarez

    Published 17 03 2017
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    Topping out Mercedes-Benz Vans Plant, North Charleston USA

    Mercedes-Benz is constructing a new full production factory in North Charleston, SC (USA) where the Sprinter, Vito and Class V commercial vans will be manufactured in their entirety to meet the growing demand of the North American market. The construction has reached a significant milestone: the last steel beam of the paint shop structure was […]

    Published 17 03 2017
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    Mercedes-Benz is constructing a new full production factory in North Charleston, SC (USA) where the Sprinter, Vito and Class V commercial vans will be manufactured in their entirety to meet the growing demand of the North American market. The construction has reached a significant milestone: the last steel beam of the paint shop structure was hoisted in place last week.

    The project, which represents a global investment of around $500 million, will occupy 80 hectares and includes a body shop building, a paint shop building, the extension of the existing assembly facility, and associated utilities: the energy plant, supplies, storage for inflammable material and Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS).

    Mercedes-Benz has appointed IDOM to provide the Technical Assistance for the Project: preparation of the bridging documents, assistance in the contracting process, design review and on-site monitoring of the works. In this phase, the main team of 4 IDOM professionals is permanently based on-site, with support when required from other teams in our offices.

    Media:

    Top Story in The Post and Courier 2017/03/09

    Artículo in Life 5 News 2017/03/09

     

    Published 17 03 2017
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    ACCELERATING THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF MEXICO – SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES (SEZs)

    The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) project emerges as an initiative of the Mexican Federal Executive and is part of the strategy to detonate territorial development through dynamic economic poles that boost productivity at regional level and reduce asymmetries among Mexican states, especially between the regions of the north and south of the country. The National […]

    Published 17 03 2017
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    The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) project emerges as an initiative of the Mexican Federal Executive and is part of the strategy to detonate territorial development through dynamic economic poles that boost productivity at regional level and reduce asymmetries among Mexican states, especially between the regions of the north and south of the country.

    The National Bank for Public Works and Services (BANOBRAS) together with the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) have commissioned the IDOM-led Consortium which includes ADHOC and EVERCORE to develop the first four Special Economic Zones in Mexico: Lázaro Cárdenas (Michoacan State), Puerto Chiapas (Chiapas State), Salina Cruz (Oaxaca State) and Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz State) totalling almost 2,250 Hectares.

    The challenge involves the elaboration and implementation of a Development Program and Master Plan for each SEZ, which will serve for integral planning with a long-term vision, identifying the potential sectors according to the industrial vocations of each region, anchor investors and needs.

    The aim is to capitalize on the potential of local economies in their productive vocations (automotive, agriculture, etc.) to attract investment and generate social benefits such as the creation of more than 59,000 direct jobs, the development of value chains that detonate the demand for local services and the improvement of the quality of life of the population bordering these areas.

    For each SEZ, the specific infrastructure requirements have been identified, both to enable the development polygons and to detonate the development of the environment, in terms of road, rail, port, airport infrastructure, as well as new housing and urban amenities.

    Article: Antonio Fernández

    Published 17 03 2017
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    CITY MODEL: Planned Growth Becomes Reality

    Throughout 2015, IDOM collaborated with the different authorities in the elaboration of the Regional Programs of Urban Development and Ecological Planning and the Master Plan for the creation of a world-class urban centre, capable of offering a dynamic urban lifestyle which is safe for its inhabitants and workers. In line with the development of the […]

    Published 1 03 2017
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    Throughout 2015, IDOM collaborated with the different authorities in the elaboration of the Regional Programs of Urban Development and Ecological Planning and the Master Plan for the creation of a world-class urban centre, capable of offering a dynamic urban lifestyle which is safe for its inhabitants and workers.

    In line with the development of the Master Plan, the Government of Puebla has once again entrusted IDOM with the implementation of the first phase of 150 hectares for 20,000 inhabitants. The tasks assigned include technical assessment for the various government agencies involved in the project, and the elaboration of the regulations of urban and architectural criteria that conform the normative framework of the new city.

    Currently, the first stage already has a metropolitan park, a health centre, an integral services centre, a school and the first phase of the Bilingual Technological University. There are 470 social housing homes, a convention centre, a hotel, a hospital, a sports centre, a shopping centre and the first phase of the Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla.

    Article: María del Castillo Páez

    Published 1 03 2017
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    Hospital refurbishment project, efficiency through design

    The third floor of the Hospital Casa Salud, in Valencia, has just reopened after undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment program that will make the institution a new benchmark, both in terms of the care delivered and technological innovation. IDOM has developed the entire project.

    Published 8 02 2017
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    The third floor of the Hospital Casa Salud, in Valencia, has just reopened after undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment program that will make the institution a new benchmark, both in terms of the care delivered and technological innovation. IDOM has developed the entire project.

    The 43 rooms distributed in this space (more than 1,500 m2) conform a new hospital unit which can be managed from a single nurses’ station where care and medical staff will be centralized.

    The refurbishment works have been carried out without interrupting the day to day activity of the institution, a hospital which attends patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Published 8 02 2017
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    The Convention Center of Lima in the best architectural publications

    Recently, some of the most important international media, specializing in architecture, have shown their interest in including one of our recent works on their pages, the Lima Convention Centre.

    Published 6 02 2017
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    Mark, the most important Dutch magazine in the sector, and one of the most internationally considered, was the first to include a report on the Convention Center in their publication.
    Behind it has come the architectural website of antonomasia (2 million hits monthly): archdaily, who has published the project on its general website and in plataformaarquitectur Peru.
    In addition, the Korean magazine C3 will soon include the Convention Center in one of their forthcoming editions. So will the Peruvian Arkinka, the German Baunetz, the Argentine PLOT and the American Architect.

    Published 6 02 2017
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    Technical Cooperation on Energy and Environment for India

    With more than 1,300 million inhabitants and the economy growing at 8% per annum, India is the one of the most populous country in the world. According to all forecasts, this emerging economy is even destined to outdo China.

    For its part, the European Union is the largest trading partner of India and also the largest foreign investor in the country. In the context of the strong and strategic bilateral relations that both sides maintained for decades, one of the most important areas of cooperation is energy, focused mainly on promoting more efficient, cleaner and renewable energy.

    Published 18 01 2017
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    With more than 1,300 million inhabitants and the economy growing at 8% per annum, India is the one of the most populous country in the world. According to all forecasts, this emerging economy is even destined to outdo China.

    For its part, the European Union is the largest trading partner of India and also the largest foreign investor in the country. In the context of the strong and strategic bilateral relations that both sides maintained for decades, one of the most important areas of cooperation is energy, focused mainly on promoting more efficient, cleaner and renewable energy.

    In this context, the European Union has promoted and financed the project entitled “Technical Cooperation on Energy and Environment for India” and has awarded IDOM a series of assignments to strengthen the capacity of institutions in charge of clean energy. Solar power as a priority axis of the work.

    The fact that IDOM is a European firm with a presence in India, and the important references projects we have developed in environment and clean energy, were decisive factors in our firm being awarded these assignment in this international competition.

    Published 18 01 2017
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    Bangladesh. First Fire of the open cycle in the Siddhirganj 335 MW CCPP

    Isolux Corsan is constructing a 335 MW combined cycle in Bangladesh, which will strengthen the national electricity system and increase network reliability in one of the world’s most populous countries (nearly 165 million inhabitants). The engineering stage, carried out by IDOM, ended in 2015 and at the end of 2016 the construction phase of the […]

    Published 17 01 2017
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    Isolux Corsan is constructing a 335 MW combined cycle in Bangladesh, which will strengthen the national electricity system and increase network reliability in one of the world’s most populous countries (nearly 165 million inhabitants).

    The engineering stage, carried out by IDOM, ended in 2015 and at the end of 2016 the construction phase of the open cycle was completed, with the first fire achieving “full speed no load”. Work is currently underway to close the combined cycle.

    The power plant, located in the industrial centre of Siddhirganj, about 20 km from the capital Dhaka, has state-of-the-art technology. It is configured in 1x1x1 multi-axis mode, with a General Electric (GE) 9FA gas turbine, fuelled by natural gas and a steam turbine, also from GE.

    Cooling of the closed cycle is performed by cooling towers with previously treated water supply from the Sita Lakhya River, located approximately 1 km from the plant.

    IDOM has developed the basic and detailed engineering of the cycle.

    Published 17 01 2017
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    Idom in the UN. Doing business by doing good

    The week commencing on the 28th of November, the ICEX (Spanish Export and Investment Chamber) celebrated the “United Nations Week” in its Madrid HQ, under the motto “Doing business by doing good”.
    For four days, different business opportunities and proposals were discussed from UN agencies arriving from Copenhagen, Rome, Geneva, Budapest, Vienna and New York.

    Published 16 01 2017
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    The week commencing on the 28th of November, the ICEX (Spanish Export and Investment Chamber) celebrated the “United Nations Week” in its Madrid HQ, under the motto “Doing business by doing good”.
    For four days, different business opportunities and proposals were discussed from UN agencies arriving from Copenhagen, Rome, Geneva, Budapest, Vienna and New York.
    The variety of proposals from the different agencies attracted over 80 Spanish firms with possible interests in the goods and services those agencies demanded, with both Heads of Purchasing and Technical Directors present.
    The UN has a yearly purchasing budget of USD 17,600M, of which Spain obtained only 64M in the last period. Spain is in the top ten of donating countries but the return on investment is 0.36% of contracts awarded.
    IDOM is one of those few firms who supply the UN, since 2010. Because of our well established experience with the UN, ICEX wanted to count on IDOM to lead the conferences focused on Geneva and Budapest.
    Taking the above into account, the Spanish Government is designing a 5 year plan to support the Spanish firms with their UN contracts, lead by ICEX and with the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs onboard.

    Published 16 01 2017
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    Conceptual Design of the MSE Telescope

    On November 16th, the mid-term review of the Conceptual Design for the Telescope of the Mauna Kea Spectroscopic Explorer was successfully held in IDOM office in Minneapolis. Mauna Kea is one of the best sites in the world for astronomy. However, it is as well an ecologically sensitive area. The location of the current 3.6m […]

    Published 12 01 2017
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    On November 16th, the mid-term review of the Conceptual Design for the Telescope of the Mauna Kea Spectroscopic Explorer was successfully held in IDOM office in Minneapolis.

    Mauna Kea is one of the best sites in the world for astronomy. However, it is as well an ecologically sensitive area. The location of the current 3.6m CFHT Telescope is arguably one of the best observation points in Mauna Kea, and thus, it was resolved to overcome building restrictions and to minimize impact on the site by decommissioning the 3.6 meter CFHT Telescope and using their former facility to build and host a larger 10-meter class telescope for the MSE Project.

    The telescope design developed by IDOM features a novel architecture concept that combines well proven and robust technologies, integrated in a way that the entire telescope assembly delivers optomechanic and mechatronic performances exceeding those of the most renowned currently operative 10-meter class telescopes, which are the largest telescopes built up to now.

    The developed solution offers a very high stiffness-to-mass ratio that leads to optimal seeing performance. It also incorporates a high efficiency seismic protection system and other remarkable features.

    Kei Szeto, Project Engineer of the MSE Project Office, emphasized that “We are very impressed with the design progress so far. In less than two months, IDOM’s engineering team has developed a solid telescope concept. With excitement, we look forward to the completion of the conceptual design.”

    Image courtesy of MSE- CFHT Corporation

    Published 12 01 2017
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    In the top 50 architectural firms

    The English publication Building Design (BD) presented, for another year, its famous WA100 survey, which includes the 100 largest architectural firms in the world, analyzing in detail their size, presence in different sectors, areas, etc.

    Published 12 01 2017
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    The English publication Building Design (BD) presented, for another year, its famous WA100 survey, which includes the 100 largest architectural firms in the world, analyzing in detail their size, presence in different sectors, areas, etc.
    This document is indispensable if you want to know who is who in the world of architecture and how the big firms are evolving.
    IDOM, as it has been happening for years, continues to climb positions in the rankings. On this occasion we have gone from number 47 to number 46. Yet again, we are the only Spanish company on the list.

    Published 12 01 2017
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    Change of Presidency of IDOM

    With 50 years of professional experience at IDOM and a broad range of responsibilities, Fernando Querejeta San Sebastián has left the company’s presidency to Luis Rodríguez Llopis. The latter has been the CEO since 2004 and officially becomes the top executive of the company. The appointment was ratified by the annual Partners Meeting on December 21, 2016 in Bilbao.

    Published 1 01 2017
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    With 50 years of professional experience at IDOM and a broad range of responsibilities, Fernando Querejeta San Sebastián has left the company’s presidency to Luis Rodríguez Llopis. The latter has been the CEO since 2004 and officially becomes the top executive of the company. The appointment was ratified by the annual Partners Meeting on December 21, 2016 in Bilbao.

    In order to strengthen the management structure and promoting the internationalization process and technology development of the company, the new president will work closely with a team of three managing directors who are also members of the Management Board: Miguel Renobales Barbier, Álvaro Rey Cepeda and Ignacio Rey Gómez.

    Fernando Querejeta will continue linked to IDOM, bringing his experience and knowledge as the president of the Partnership Board and member of the Management Board.

    At present, IDOM is a company offering services in Engineering, Architecture and Consulting with an international perspective. With global projects in 120 countries, IDOM operates in 39 offices worldwide by rendering services to more than 3.000 people. Since its creation in 1957, IDOM has developed more 30.000 projects for more than 7.000 clients, both public and private. At this point, 80% of its activity have developed outside.

     

    AN EXTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AT IDOM

    Luis Rodríguez Llopis (Bilbao, 1961) is an Industrial Engineer by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros of Bilbao, where he obtained later his PhD. He has also a Master in Business Administration by the INSIDE (Universidad Comercial of Deusto) and has a diploma in PDG by IESE.

    Managing Director at IDOM since 2004, his professional career have developed mainly in the company. In 1985, he did become a professional within the Electrical Engineering Area. Similarly, he was in charge of the IT department and also became the Director of Architecture and Building Construction. Then, he was the Director of the North Area (including the offices in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, and Santiago) and member of the Management Board.Moreover, he is a former member of the Management Board of the BEAZ company, Bizkaia-Xede and the technological center Labein-Tecnalia.

    He also contributed to Masters and PhD programmes at Deusto University and participated in various round tables and conferences held by different academic and professional organizations, both in Spain and abroad. In Brussels, he became a proposal evaluator of the BRITE/EURAM III programme.

    He ran many projects, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. For more than ten years, he has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he taught training courses related to project management.

    Published 1 01 2017
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    The new vertical district in Delhi

    Imagine that you live in a city of 25 million inhabitants, but in your area – residential and commercial – there are practically no cars and you can go to the office by bicycle or on foot, and the nearest metro station is just minutes away, connecting you with the rest of the metropolis.
    Best practices in Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and the most advanced concepts of sustainable and intelligent cities (Smart City) are the ideal of life on which the new East Delhi Hub district has been designed.

    Published 27 12 2016
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    Imagine that you live in a city of 25 million inhabitants, but in your area – residential and commercial – there are practically no cars and you can go to the office by bicycle or on foot, and the nearest metro station is just minutes away, connecting you with the rest of the metropolis.
    Best practices in Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and the most advanced concepts of sustainable and intelligent cities (Smart City) are the ideal of life on which the new East Delhi Hub district has been designed.
    This ideal has every possibility of becoming reality as it is being promoted by two very powerful entities in India: the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) and the Delhi Urban Development Authority (DDA).
    The project has been developed on 30 hectares of land in Karkardooma (New Delhi) and a key design strategy has been the search for a vertical solution that includes iconic towers that, as mentioned, incorporate TOD best practices.
    The international competition for this ambitious project was convened in July 2015 and in December the NBCC awarded the winning proposal entitled “Organic Density”, from the consortium formed by CP Kukreja Architects (Delhi) and IDOM.
    Currently, our firm is working on the conceptual design of the proposal and expects the basic design and bidding documents to be finalized by mid-2017, prior to the implementation phase with is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

    Published 27 12 2016
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    International Exhibition of Public Works in Algeria

    Specializing in the construction sector, public works and its auxiliary industry, the International Exhibition of Public Works (SITP), brings together, multiple professionals in the sector each year. Since the first edition in 2003, the exhibition has grown year after year to become a reference event in the public works sector in Algeria. In the 2016 […]

    Published 19 12 2016
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    Specializing in the construction sector, public works and its auxiliary industry, the International Exhibition of Public Works (SITP), brings together, multiple professionals in the sector each year. Since the first edition in 2003, the exhibition has grown year after year to become a reference event in the public works sector in Algeria.
    In the 2016 edition, held at the Exhibition Hall of Algiers from November 24 to 27, the main construction projects and public works projects of the country were presented: ports, roads, rail, light rail and airports.
    One of the projects presented to the academics and professionals attending the event was the East-West Highway, an infrastructure project that crosses the entire country for the Moroccan border to the Tunisian border, a total of 1,200 km, and in which IDOM is participating.
    Our colleagues, José Manuel Lima and Sahbi Klai were invited by Algérienne de Gestion des Autoroutes (AGA) to make a presentation on the “Importance of electrical energy for highway telecommunications systems”.

    Published 19 12 2016
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    Bosch Smart Green Home Project. Official opening attended by Portuguese Prime Minister

    In early December 2016, the official opening of the Smart Green Home Project was held at the Bosch Thermotechnology Center in Aveiro. The event was attended by Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, and Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral. The international company of German origin BOSCH has in the Portuguese city of Cacia (Aveiro) its global centre […]

    Published 13 12 2016
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    In early December 2016, the official opening of the Smart Green Home Project was held at the Bosch Thermotechnology Center in Aveiro. The event was attended by Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, and Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral.

    The international company of German origin BOSCH has in the Portuguese city of Cacia (Aveiro) its global centre of expertise for the development of hot water systems (thermotechnology). The multinational built a new facility dedicated to research and development.

    BOSCH appointed IDOM to undertake the architecture and engineering of the new building, equipped with advanced research laboratories. The architectural features of the new building include constructive solutions devised by the IDOM team, with special attention not only to technological and environmental aspects, but also to formal and aesthetic features.

    The building, that has achieved the Energy Performance Certificate with an A+ performance Level, consists of two main floors, which accommodate the Thermotechnology Laboratories, rooms for events and informal meetings, and the administrative offices. On the cover or roof, a technical space was created to house the HVAC equipment and electric power transformer station, as well as other equipment.

    Link to a construction video: Building construction step by step

    Links to press releases: BOSCHRTP

    Published 13 12 2016
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    “Dulces Nombres II” Combined Cycle (Mexico), inaugurated in early November 2016

    Iberdrola, the most important private producer of electricity in Mexico, is growing its share of the energy market in the country. The multinational electric utility company has one of the most efficient and flexible combined cycle power plants in Mexico. Located close to the city of Monterray, the power plant aptly named “Monterray III” has […]

    Published 12 12 2016
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    Iberdrola, the most important private producer of electricity in Mexico, is growing its share of the energy market in the country.

    The multinational electric utility company has one of the most efficient and flexible combined cycle power plants in Mexico. Located close to the city of Monterray, the power plant aptly named “Monterray III” has been in operation since 2002.  Until now, the plant consisted of four operating units with an installed capacity of 962 MW.

    In 2016, Iberdrola decided to build a fifth unit, known as “Dulces Nombres II” with an installed capacity of around 300 MW. After successfully completing the testing phase, this unit became operational in early October 2016.

    The new plant will operate solely as combined cycle (there is no gas by-pass chimney), without post-combustion. The facility has an evaporative cooler, an additional component that will improve the performance of the gas turbine and develop its potential in this warm and dry location.

    IDOM has collaborated with Iberdrola on the detailed design of the project, sharing the scope of works, of  which our firm has developed the mechanical engineering, process engineering and electrical and process control.

    Related News: BNAmericas

    Published 12 12 2016
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    The Salburua Civic Centre rises to victory in the WAF Awards

    Last Wednesday 16th of November, the organisers of the World Architecture Festival made the results of the 2016 WAF Awards public. After deliberating, the jury announced its decision. The Salburua Civic Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz, designed and directed by IDOM, rose to victory in the Civic and Community – Completed Buildings category. In doing so, IDOM was one of the winners for the second year running, after winning first prize in the 2015 Sport Completed Building with the San Mames Stadium.

    Published 22 11 2016
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    The World Architecture Festival, which was held in the Berlin Arena this year between November 16th and 18th, is the biggest international architectural event in the world. Gonzalo Carro, head architect of the team of IDOM professionals who designed the project and managed the building works of the Salburua Civic Centre, travelled to Berlin where he presented the project live, winning the public and jury over.
    In the 2016 edition, the awards received a total of 785 proposals.
    This year, the Salburua Civic Centre has had other acknowledgements too. It was finalist in the WAN Awards (World Architecture News), under the Civic Buildings category.

    Published 22 11 2016
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    Among the leading experts on railways

    The Watford Group is an international association of professionals involved in the design of stations and other elements linked with the sphere of trains, as well as with their impact on the environment.
    Every year, around 80 experts from 20 different countries are brought together by this group in a city of interesting recent urban development.

    Published 18 11 2016
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    The Watford Group is an international association of professionals involved in the design of stations and other elements linked with the sphere of trains, as well as with their impact on the environment.
    Every year, around 80 experts from 20 different countries are brought together by this group in a city of interesting recent urban development. In 2016, the Watford Conference took place between the 12th and the 16th of October and was held between the neighbouring cities of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden) which, connected by the Oresund Bridge, are just 8 km apart.
    The driving theme of the conference, Transport systems and their consistency in larger urban areas, intended to start a debate on architectural solutions for these transport systems, paying special attention to the urban landscape, the space, the shape and the urban adaptation to the different cultural situations.
    Our colleague Borja Arostegui’s presentation entitled “Urban transport in historical city centres. Experiences in Istanbul and Guatemala City” dealt with the introduction of different railway systems in two very different cities through two projects recently carried out by IDOM.

    Published 18 11 2016
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    Developing the scheme design for several hospitals

    For the renewal of public infrastructure, Mexico is using a dynamic and flexible formula that consist of creating public-private partnerships (PPPs) for which companies can submit unsolicited proposals (Propuestas No Solicitadas – PNS).

    Published 8 11 2016
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    For the renewal of public infrastructure, Mexico is using a dynamic and flexible formula that consist of creating public-private partnerships (PPPs) for which companies can submit unsolicited proposals (Propuestas No Solicitadas – PNS).
    During 2016 and 2017, at least 7 hospitals will be tenders for under this public-private formula. These are restricted competitions in which certain private consortia that meet the legal requirements are invited to participate.
    This type of bidding is an opportunity for IDOM in Mexico, as our firm can develop the architectural scheme design of the proposal on behalf of any of the consortia. This is the case of the Hospital of Merida belonging to the Social Security Institute for State Workers (ISSSTE).
    The company Marhnos has contracted IDOM to develop the Scheme Design for the first tender of the ISSSTE, a 12,500 m2 hospital with 66 beds located in Merida in the State of Yucatan. Although the proposal did not win, the evaluation of the selection committee was very positive who highlighted it as one of the best.

    Published 8 11 2016
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    Talking about Industrial Heritage in Guatemala

    Since 2008, the Industrial Heritage researchers’ guild, through ARQUINDUGUA (Industrial Archaeologists of Guatemala), organises a conference on industrial heritage that has as one of its main goals that of contributing to the knowledge of that part of the history of Guatemala and the region. It also promotes the spreading and the study of the cultural remains of industrial heritage that on their own and within their context form part of every country’s heritage.

    Published 26 10 2016
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    Since 2008, the Industrial Heritage researchers’ guild, through ARQUINDUGUA (Industrial Archaeologists of Guatemala), organises a conference on industrial heritage that has as one of its main goals that of contributing to the knowledge of that part of the history of Guatemala and the region. It also promotes the spreading and the study of the cultural remains of industrial heritage that on their own and within their context form part of every country’s heritage.
    The VI Conference, held in the Railway Museum in Guatemala City between the 5th and the 7th of October, included talks by professionals from different countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. The presentation by our colleague Borja – The recovery and appreciation of the railway industrial heritage in Europe – was rounded off by considering the opportunity that Guatemala City has of acting upon the valuable industrial heritage, along with the future projects of Metro Riel (which IDOM is presently developing) and the State Administrative Centre (CAE). The talk generated great debate for it is a topic of general interest for the city’s population.

    Published 26 10 2016
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    Sustainable and intelligent building

    Colombia is experiencing a major boom in construction, both in the residential sector and the public works sector. Public authorities and private companies are concerned that this growth may occur in a disorderly manner, creating problems, as has happened in the past. In order to discuss how to ensure sustainable urban development in Colombia today, […]

    Published 25 10 2016
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    Colombia is experiencing a major boom in construction, both in the residential sector and the public works sector. Public authorities and private companies are concerned that this growth may occur in a disorderly manner, creating problems, as has happened in the past.
    In order to discuss how to ensure sustainable urban development in Colombia today, the Chamber of Commerce of Bucaramanga and Camacol Santander organized the III Developers Forum (III Foro Constructor). The Forum was attended by professionals from all various disciplines involved in construction projects.
    One important trend to be considered, not just in new developments but also in regenerating historic centres, is the application of Smart City Models. On this subject, the Fernando Tomás of IDOM gave a presentation entitled “Smart City and the qualities of the City. Strategies based on our international experience”.
    Fernando presented some of the projects IDOM where the implementation of information technologies, making improvements to urban life, has been an important element. His presentation also included other projects of IDOM related to urban infrastructure.

    Published 25 10 2016
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    Increasing security for air-cargo

    When in 2013 IDOM received an invitation to participate in the EUROSKY project, a research project to develop a Single European Secure Air-cargo Space, we understood it as an opportunity to participate on the front line of R&D in the industry. The European Commission, which is partly-funding the project to the tune of €10 million, […]

    Published 25 10 2016
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    When in 2013 IDOM received an invitation to participate in the EUROSKY project, a research project to develop a Single European Secure Air-cargo Space, we understood it as an opportunity to participate on the front line of R&D in the industry.
    The European Commission, which is partly-funding the project to the tune of €10 million, is counting on the participation of 21 elite companies from 10 different countries. The different partners work in various area of specialization.
    After an carrying out an analysis of the different processes and integrating the information in the different databases involved in air-cargo, IDOM developed a prototype of the Risk Assessment Device (RAD), a device which estimates the risk of explosives and suggests the type of inspection necessary, as well as other mitigation measures.
    This prototype has been tested in the Cargo Terminal of WFS (Worldwide Flight Services) at the airport of Barcelona. The initial expectations have been exceeded, and given that the reaction of both the aerospace industry and the Spanish State Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been positive, at present the possibility of registering the patent is being considered.

    Published 25 10 2016
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    We took part in the 7th Live, Active and Healthy Architecture Congress in Chile

    On September the 6th, 7th and 8th, the seventh edition of the Infraestructura Hospitalaria Congress took place under the title Live, active and healthy architecture.
    Focused on the new ways of designing healthcare buildings, the main themes of the conference were: energy efficiency, technology, equipment, architecture for the patient, the Green hospital, active architecture, sustainability, multipurpose areas and the design of hospital centres of varying scales, contexts and resources.

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    A total of 37 international experts in the field of hospitals analysed the field’s state of affairs, presented examples and proposals, etc. Rui Maia, as Idom’s representative, was one of them. With the title “Hospital architecture in Europe. New challenges” he presented the Case Study of the hospital of Amarante to exemplify that “with limited financial resources, aspects related to the construction, regulations and programme can be exceeded, managing to incorporate a cultural and symbolic component to the design of a hospital, making the latter part of the city and the people’s lives”, as stated by Rui.

    Published 7 10 2016
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    Monography M30: Shear Resistence of structural elements without stirrups

    Last October 3rd it was presented at “ETSI de Caminos, Canales y Puertos” of Madrid the Monography M30 about Shear Resistance of Structural Elements without Stirrups of ACHE and in which has participated Patricio Padilla, a workmate of Madrid office. ACHE is a nonprofit association declared as public utility, and it is formed by technicians […]

    Published 3 10 2016
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    Last October 3rd it was presented at “ETSI de Caminos, Canales y Puertos” of Madrid the Monography M30 about Shear Resistance of Structural Elements without Stirrups of ACHE and in which has participated Patricio Padilla, a workmate of Madrid office.

    ACHE is a nonprofit association declared as public utility, and it is formed by technicians interested in the field of concrete structures, both in the development of knowledge and its practical use.

    The approach proposed in the monograph is intentionally wide, with a practical component directed to solve the designers’ problems, and another one deeper and more complex oriented to those ones that want to study the physical phenomena proposed in different models and in safety issues.

    The designers with no time, can go directly to chapters 2 and 10. The rest of the monography summarizes the state of the art about the experimental campaigns carried out in the past and the modeling both highly sophisticated level (finite element method) as the most widespread regulations, and it is orientated to the researchers or designers which want to have a deeper knowledge.

    Published 3 10 2016
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    Conceptual Design of the MSE Telescope Structure contract award

    The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation and IDOM have signed an agreement for the development of the Conceptual Design of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) Telescope Structure. During a period of six months IDOM and the CFHT Corporation will collaborate to produce a thorough Concept Design of the Telescope Structure which will include the development of the […]

    Published 3 10 2016
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    The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation and IDOM have signed an agreement for the development of the Conceptual Design of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) Telescope Structure. During a period of six months IDOM and the CFHT Corporation will collaborate to produce a thorough Concept Design of the Telescope Structure which will include the development of the telescope structure, mechanisms, control system, mechanical and electrical equipment and the interfaces with the telescope optics and instrumentation.

    The Kick-Off Meeting for the study was held in Hawai’i during September 19th and 20th. In this meeting, members of CFHT Corporation and IDOM started sharing ideas and inspected the CFHT Observatory interfaces. From this point on, both groups will work together with the goal of conducting a Concept Design Review (CoDR) early in 2017.

    The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer Project will transform the CFHT 3.6m optical telescope into a 10m class dedicated multiobject spectroscopic facility, with an ability to simultaneously measure thousands of objects with a spectral resolution range spanning 2,000 to 20,000. The project is currently in design phase, with full science operations nominally resuming in 2025. Before completion in 2025, the project will also have transformed and expanded the partnership into one poised to tackle global themes in concert with the coming wide field surveys and the new Extremely Large Telescopes.

    For more information about the project, please consult the MSE website: MSE Website

    Published 3 10 2016
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    We participate in Open House Madrid

    Come to see our Headquarters this Saturday, 1st of October, from 17.00 pm to 20.00 pm. In addition to a thorough tour through our Headquarters where we will explain the systems that have placed the building between the most important examples of efficiency energy and sustainability in Spain, will show videos of our most interesting […]

    Published 29 09 2016
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    Come to see our Headquarters this Saturday, 1st of October, from 17.00 pm to 20.00 pm.
    In addition to a thorough tour through our Headquarters where we will explain the systems that have placed the building between the most important examples of efficiency energy and sustainability in Spain, will show videos of our most interesting projects.
    More info: http://www.openhousemadrid.org

    Published 29 09 2016
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    ITS & Smart Mobility Forum in the UAE

    If there is one place in the world where climatic conditions impact greatly on the transit of persons, it is the Middle East. Therefore, an event such as congresses on Intelligent Transport Systems, attract great interest.

    In late March, many consulting firms and technology providers from around the world took part in the forum organized in Abu Dhabi to share their experience and present the latest trends in areas such as safety in mobility, cooperative mobility, smart mobility and smart cities.

    Published 19 09 2016
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    If there is one place in the world where climatic conditions impact greatly on the transit of persons, it is the Middle East. Therefore, an event such as congresses on Intelligent Transport Systems, attract great interest.

    In late March, many consulting firms and technology providers from around the world took part in the forum organized in Abu Dhabi to share their experience and present the latest trends in areas such as safety in mobility, cooperative mobility, smart mobility and smart cities.

    IDOM participated in the forum with a presentation on the transformation of mobility in Bilbao. The presentation was entitled “ITS, the program to transform cities mobility, Bilbao Case”.

    The sessions took place in the Hotel Anantara, where Idom manned one of the information points, a platform to share our experience in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems. The event, itself, was an exhibition space for over a hundred exhibitors, mostly representatives of the transport authorities of the UAE.

    Our participation in the forum has positioned us well in the ITS sector, especially important for the upcoming projects of the different authorities to be developed in the Emirate in the coming years.

    Published 19 09 2016
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    Leicester. City’s business workspaces

    IDOM were awarded through an open OJEU tender process run by Leicester City Council, the full design services related to the construction of a New Build research and development workspace building. The site is currently a vacant brownfield land, and the proposed works include the development of a 1,860m2 Building and landscape works to create […]

    Published 9 09 2016
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    IDOM were awarded through an open OJEU tender process run by Leicester City Council, the full design services related to the construction of a New Build research and development workspace building. The site is currently a vacant brownfield land, and the proposed works include the development of a 1,860m2 Building and landscape works to create a new car park facility.

    The Building is designed to provide 12 individual units ranging from 60m2 to 150m2, which will be let out by the Council to innovative businesses working in the technology sector, and will complement the adjacent Dock building which currently provides smaller units.

    The building is designed with a simple modular approach, with a twist introduced to express the individuality of each unit. The façade is proposed to have an anodised aluminium finish, which is applied to a folded panel, which provides dynamic diffuse reflections, as people walk around the building. Each unit is provided with a large glazed end window for views, as well as smaller partially hidden windows for natural ventilation.

    The building is being designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent, and incorporated features such as an air source heat pump, high levels of insulation, and a natural ventilation strategy.

    In July 2016, a planning application was submitted for the project and currently the project is progressing to facilitate a competitive tender process for the appointment of a design and build contractor with the project due for completion in early 2018.

    Idom are providing full multidisciplinary design services for the project, including Architectural, Structural, and Building Services, with the design being carried out utilising BIM.

    Published 9 09 2016
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    Shortlisted WAN Civic Buildings Award 2016

    The WAN Civic Buildings Award 2016 recognises and celebrates the finest in public sector architecture. With a variety of high calibre entries from across the globe, this year’s competition did not disappoint. Heading steadily into its eighth year, the WAN Civic Buildings Award not only rewards firms for their architectural and sustainability credentials, but also how projects engage with their local area and integrate within the community. A longlist of 28 projects were assessed by a panel of experts.

    Published 24 08 2016
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    The WAN Civic Buildings Award 2016 recognises and celebrates the finest in public sector architecture. With a variety of high calibre entries from across the globe, this year’s competition did not disappoint. Heading steadily into its eighth year, the WAN Civic Buildings Award not only rewards firms for their architectural and sustainability credentials, but also how projects engage with their local area and integrate within the community. A longlist of 28 projects were assessed by a panel of experts.

    The judges used their experience within the sector and considered a number of factors including originality, innovation, form, function sustainability and context to reach their shortlist. This year’s esteemed judging panel included: Elad Eisenstein, Director Urban Design of Mecanoo architecten,Nicholas Garrison, Partner of FXFOWLE, Patricia Ann Lady Hopkins, Co-founding Partner of Hopkins, Tim Sahuri, Principal of SAHURI + partners architecture inc, Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture and David Naessens, Co-director of Carr Cotter Naessens Architects. The jury were all impressed with the high calibre of entries and after much deliberation, chose the shortlisted six projects. One of them is our Salburua Civic Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

    Published 24 08 2016
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    Europa Conference & Exhibition Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

    On May 4 Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu and the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran, inaugurated the recently finished works of enlargement and energy rehabilitation of the Conference and Exhibition Centre Europe of Vitoria-Gasteiz. After 4 years of works and various stages of execution, it will finally be able to use at full capacity several multipurpose rooms, as well as the new conference hall accommodating up to 800 attendees, which becomes the flagship of the Palace. The renovation and expansion of the building will allow a maximum simultaneous capacity of 5000 delegates.

    Published 26 07 2016
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    On May 4 Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu and the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran, inaugurated the recently finished works of enlargement and energy rehabilitation of the Conference and Exhibition Centre Europe of Vitoria-Gasteiz. After 4 years of works and various stages of execution, it will finally be able to use at full capacity several multipurpose rooms, as well as the new conference hall accommodating up to 800 attendees, which becomes the flagship of the Palace. The renovation and expansion of the building will allow a maximum simultaneous capacity of 5000 delegates.

    The facility was opened in 1989 as a Civic Centre and Congress Palace, providing the City with a multi-purpose space, for congresses, sports and social character. With the course of the years, openings of other civic centres in the city up to a total of 13 facilities ( Vínculo CC Salburua) stripped the building from sport and cultural uses, with only Congress use surviving. The City Hall faced the reform in an ambitious and innovative way, betting on the building to become both a benchmark in the field of conference buildings, and in the design of sustainable energy facilities.

    For this, the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Hall has counted during these years with the help of IDOM, not only for the new restructuring of uses, but also to achieve the objectives and environmental certificates, making Europa Conference & Exhibition centre a leader in sustainability among the Congressional buildings in the country. The new Europa Palace not only aims to obtain LEED Gold certification and the certification of passive building by the Passivhaus Institut (both in process), but also to reduce the energy consumption of electricity and gas by 30% and 80%, respectively, and an ‘A’ energy rating.

    IDOM has performed several works related to the building during these years, developing several of the Schematic and Execution projects, as well as the Site Supervision of several of the phases of the works in which the renovation has been implemented.

    Published 26 07 2016
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    Our headquarters, some of the most sustainable buildings in Spain

    Recently, World Office Forum, the online office sector professional community published a list of the most sustainable buildings in Spain (according to LEED), highlighting that there are 87 buildings with silver and gold certifications. Our two corporate headquarters buildings (Bilbao and Madrid) are among these.

    Published 11 07 2016
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    Recently, World Office Forum, the online office sector professional community published a list of the most sustainable buildings in Spain (according to LEED), highlighting that there are 87 buildings with silver and gold certifications. Our two corporate headquarters buildings (Bilbao and Madrid) are among these.

    They are two of the twelve office buildings with the highest certification of sustainability.
    IDOM is a firm that is known for sustainability. In addition to its two headquarters, IDOM has completed 6 LEED certification processes: 1) the wind turbine test facility in Charleston, USA (LEED Gold); 2) the CPD II building in Cerdanyola, Spain (LEED Gold); 3) the CPD I building also in Cerdanyola, Spain (LEED Silver); 4) the BBK Sarriko mixed residential use building (LEED Certified); 5) the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain (LEED Certified) and; 6) the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao, Spain (LEED Certified).

    Published 11 07 2016
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    Finalists in the “World Architecture Festival”

    This morning, the organizers of the World Architectural Festival have published the list of finalists for the World Architectural Festival Awards, convened on the occasion of the next edition of the festival to be held in Berlin from November 16 to 18.

    Published 4 07 2016
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    This morning, the organizers of the World Architectural Festival have published the list of finalists for the World Architectural Festival Awards, convened on the occasion of the next edition of the festival to be held in Berlin from November 16 to 18.

    At the awards over 700 candidates were submitted. In the Civic and Communit category jury has selected eight projects, one of them the Salburua Civic Center. In the 2015 Awards San Mamés Stadium won the Sport Category Award.

    Published 4 07 2016
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    Speaking at the World Stadium Congress

    From 16th to 19th May, The World Stadium Congress was hosted in Doha, considered one of the Most Important Events in Sports Architecture.

    Published 24 06 2016
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    From 16th to 19th May, The World Stadium Congress was hosted in Doha, considered one of the Most Important Events in Sports Architecture.

    This year, it counted with the associaton of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the qatari body responsible for the Football World Cup in 2022. IDOM took part in the event for the third consecutive year, which as the date to host the World Cup gets closer, its focus is turning into technical solutions suppliers for the construction of the Stadia, as well as into the Infrastructures management necessities after the World Cup. In this context, our colleague Javier Pérez Uribarri, together with Koldo Olabarrieta representing the Bilbao City Council, showed the case of Bilbao Arena. This infrastructure is managed 100% by the City Council, and was entirely design by IDOM. At the presentation, the design elements of the building that enable a correct operation management were highlighted. IDOM counted with aditional visibility in the event, as another presentation was showed by Javier Dávila, under the title “IDOM on Future Concepts: Current concerns”. In this presentation, our points of view on design trends on Stadia and Arenas were shown.

    Published 24 06 2016
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    Walking with giants

    IDOM catchs the attention of Rosatom, the Russian national atomic energy company.

    On May 31, IDOM established an important partnership agreement with the Russian atomic energy institution Rosatom.

    Published 14 06 2016
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    IDOM catchs the attention of Rosatom, the Russian national atomic energy company.

    On May 31, IDOM established an important partnership agreement with the Russian atomic energy institution Rosatom.
    During the celebration of “ATOMEXPO 2016 International Forum” in Moscow, the president of “Rusatom International Network”, Alexander Merten and the IDOM Nuclear Services area director, Xabier Ruiz Morin, signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
    The agreement seeks cooperation of both parties in the construction, operation and modernization of nuclear power plants worldwide. From the equipment supplied by Rosatom, IDOM participate in the design and engineering of the plants, using the latest technologies of nuclear safety.
    In addition, both parties agreed to join forces to support the specific field of nuclear research reactors, both in its construction and operation and back-end and decommissioning.
    According to Rosatom, IDOM is one of the “major engineering and construction firms in Western Europe” and the signed document will establish a solid business relationship between both parties.

    Published 14 06 2016
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    IDOM Merebrook in top 50 in UK

    We’re delighted to announce that Idom Merebrook came 44th in the New Civil Engineer NCE100 Awards top 100 Engineering Companies in the UK 2016.

    We’re delighted to announce that Idom Merebrook came 44th in the New Civil Engineer NCE100 Awards top 100 Engineering Companies in the UK 2016.

    Published 12 05 2016
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    We’re delighted to announce that Idom Merebrook came 44th in the New Civil Engineer NCE100 Awards top 100 Engineering Companies in the UK 2016.

    We’re delighted to announce that Idom Merebrook came 44th in the New Civil Engineer NCE100 Awards top 100 Engineering Companies in the UK 2016.

    For the first time, this year the judging was not based on performance but on culture. So, not on turnover, profit or number of staff, but on company culture, competencies and skillsets. The scoring was based on technical excellence, pushing technology; being diverse and great and safe places to work; developing future-fit skills; and playing a role in tackling global issues. The selection process included an in-depth company survey, an employee satisfaction survey and ratification by a dozen leading clients among a 30-strong judging panel.

    Nigel Huish and Rob Glavin attended the Awards Evening Dinner, at which the Top 100 engineering companies were announced, held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 11 May. Nigel Huish, Managing Director, said “We’re delighted to come 44th out of a 100 of our peers, I feel it’s a real achievement.”

    For more photos of the evening and more information about the awards go to https://100awards.nce.co.uk/

    Published 12 05 2016
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    Finalist in the architectural competition for the new camp nou stadium

    In mid-May an exhibition was held to display the great work submitted by the finalist in the architectural competition for the New Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. The event took place at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Catalonia.

    IDOM has been the core of the team for the Nou Camp Nou architectural competition. IDOM not only brings a broad expertise in Sports Architecture, but also a recognized and demonstrated aptitude to merge highest architectural objectives with sustainable and reliable technical solutions.
    BIG incorporates to the team their distinctive approach. Thanks to their involvement in projects all around the world and to their unique analysis, BIG contributes by developing a pragmatic but utopic view of how the future stadium of FCB should be like.

    This was a golden opportunity for our team to present our proposal, a project that we were extremely proud to submit and defend. To develop this proposal, Idom teamed up with the prestigious Danish architectural practice, BIG, and the renowned Catalonian architectural studio BAAS.

    Published 12 05 2016
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    In mid-May an exhibition was held to display the great work submitted by the finalist in the architectural competition for the New Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. The event took place at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Catalonia.

    IDOM has been the core of the team for the Nou Camp Nou architectural competition. IDOM not only brings a broad expertise in Sports Architecture, but also a recognized and demonstrated aptitude to merge highest architectural objectives with sustainable and reliable technical solutions.
    BIG incorporates to the team their distinctive approach. Thanks to their involvement in projects all around the world and to their unique analysis, BIG contributes by developing a pragmatic but utopic view of how the future stadium of FCB should be like.

    BAAS is the Catalan part of the Team. They bring to the team extensive understanding of FCB and its circumstance and, more importantly, an architectural vision cultivated in Barcelona that consists mainly on sophistication, tradition and materiality.

    The new Camp Nou is first and foremost a place for supporters and players to congregate in celebration of the sport. It is conceived as the respectful completion of Francesc Mitjans-Miró’s architecture, originally built in 1957. Rather than starting from scratch or covering the old surfaces of the historical stadium, we propose to lay bare the bones of the heritage stadium in an honest encounter with the new architecture – within and without.

    The new Camp Nou will be a palace for the people, composed of functional elements and everyday materials selected from the material palette of traditional and contemporary Catalan architecture, where we unify the Blaugrana identity into the bones of the building through inherent attributes.

    The new stadium has to be strongly integrated with the 4 major surrounding elements: the new Campus Espai Barça, Les Corts new district, the UPC University and the Maternitat Gardens. A highly ambitious urban renewal effort, the new Camp Nou will be “a good fellow citizen” of les Corts with the highest ambition to become a great and lively neighborhood 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Camp Nou will not only be home to FC Barcelona’s new stadium – it will be all of Barcelona’s new neighborhood.

    Partners in Charge: César Azcárate (IDOM), Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen (BIG), Jordi Badía (BAAS)
    Project Leaders: Diego Rodríguez (IDOM), Agustín Pérez Torres (BIG), Alex Clará (BAAS)

    Published 12 05 2016
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    SmartPorts Idom
    SmartPorts. Interview with Agustin Martinez

    Ports are important links in the logistics chains connecting the entire planet be sea. They accommodate a complex ecosystem in which a multitude of companies coexist, simultaneously performing a large number of activities.

    In order to provide port users with a moderately costing quality service, Port Authorities need to control this complexity. This requires a high degree of coordination. Only be doing this, will they be competitive with other ports.

    Published 13 04 2016
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    Ports are important links in the logistics chains connecting the entire planet be sea. They accommodate a complex ecosystem in which a multitude of companies coexist, simultaneously performing a large number of activities.

    In order to provide port users with a moderately costing quality service, Port Authorities need to control this complexity. This requires a high degree of coordination. Only be doing this, will they be competitive with other ports.

    When a port has managed to organized its activities in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner, we can say it is a SmartPort. The benefit for the customer is clear: a decrease both in waiting times and incidents, and therefore, in the cost of operations.

    A SmartPort is an ‘attractive’ port in which to do business as the users are provided with increased and higher quality information, thereby reducing the time needed for decision-making.

    Idom is assisting Port Authorities in transforming their ports into SmartPorts with the design and implementation of Port Management Systems (PMS), facility management systems in virtual environments (SG3IEV). Projects in the Ports of Barcelona and Algeciras Bay are examples of this work.

    Published 13 04 2016
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    Chosen for jury service for two major architectural awards

    As a result of the awards received by San Mames in 2015, Idom’s reputation as an expert firm in stadium design is growing rapidly around the world.
    Two distinct important architectural events, the World Architecture Festival and the Stadium of the Year Awards, have contacted our firm to invite us to join their respective juries for the 2016 edition.

    Published 14 03 2016
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    As a result of the awards received by San Mames in 2015, Idom’s reputation as an expert firm in stadium design is growing rapidly around the world.
    Two distinct important architectural events, the World Architecture Festival and the Stadium of the Year Awards, have contacted our firm to invite us to join their respective juries for the 2016 edition.

    The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the largest international architectural event, awarded San Mames, the 2015 award for the best sports facility in the world. For its part, the publication StadiumDB, the organizer of the Stadium of the Year Awards and a benchmark for sports architecture, distinguished our firm with the second prize of the 2015 Stadium of the Year Award.

    In the case of WAF, the jurors invited to participate are César Azcárate and Diego Rodríguez (the architect that defended the San Mames project in Singapore in 2015). For the Stadium of the Year Awards, on behalf of Idom, the judge will be César Azcárate.
    These nominations are of great importance. These are prestigious events in the world of architecture that have chosen Idom as a figure of reference among all the actors in the sports architecture sector.

    Published 14 03 2016
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    Among the 50 largest firms of architecture in the world

    The UK Building Design Magazine which is the leading weekly architectural journal in the UK is also considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world. Each year the magazine publishes “The Big List”, an annual survey of the world’s largest practices. The publication is distributed not just to subscribers, but also leading companies in the UK and is generally accepted as the “Who’s Who” in the world of architecture.

    Published 4 03 2016
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    The UK Building Design Magazine which is the leading weekly architectural journal in the UK is also considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world. Each year the magazine publishes “The Big List”, an annual survey of the world’s largest practices. The publication is distributed not just to subscribers, but also leading companies in the UK and is generally accepted as the “Who’s Who” in the world of architecture.

    In addition to forward positions in the Top 100 list (they have gone from 55th in 2014 and the 52nd in 2015 to the 47th in 2016), IDOM appears among the top ten architecture firms in the world in several categories, being, on the other hand, the only Spanish firm in the ranking.

    This is the most important data:

    No. 1 for deployment in Central and South America
    No. 3 for implementation in Africa
    No. 7 in Cultural projects
    No. 7 in the field of Transport
    No. 8 in Urban Design projects

    Published 4 03 2016
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    Protecting people and the environment

    New filtered containment venting system (Ascó and Vandellós II NPPs)

    As result of the Stress Tests carried out by Idom after the accident at Fukushima, the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) required the implementation of a Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) in Ascó and Vandellós II NPPs before the end of 2016. This system is able to protect the containment integrity in the event of a blast overpressure to guarantee radiological protection of people and the environment in case of accident.

    As result of the Stress Tests carried out by Idom after the accident at Fukushima, the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) required the implementation of a Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) in Ascó and Vandellós II NPPs before the end of 2016. This system is able to protect the containment integrity in the event of a blast overpressure to guarantee radiological protection of people and the environment in case of accident.

    Published 24 02 2016
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    New filtered containment venting system (Ascó and Vandellós II NPPs)

    As result of the Stress Tests carried out by Idom after the accident at Fukushima, the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) required the implementation of a Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) in Ascó and Vandellós II NPPs before the end of 2016. This system is able to protect the containment integrity in the event of a blast overpressure to guarantee radiological protection of people and the environment in case of accident.

    The overall contract was awarded to AREVA as the technologist owning the licensed venting system. AREVA has subcontracted Idom to provide support for the development of Design Modifications Package (DMP), seismic engineering and flexibility, detailed engineering of all equipment (except: Design of Valves, Vessels, Internals, Measurements which were done by other subcontractors) and piping systems, and project management support during assembly.

    The FCVS is activated when a set pressure is reached. The opening of the containment isolation valves allows the air exit from containment building through pipes. These pipes are connected to a standard filtering system developed by AREVA which comprises two Venturi tanks with washing liquid (wet section), two filtration tanks with metallic fiber (dry mechanical section), and two molecular filtration tanks. The process has a retention efficiency of 99.99% of the radioactive particles and decontaminated flow is released into the atmosphere at a height of 50 meters.

    Published 24 02 2016
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    Representatives of the German High-tech industry thank Idom for their collaboration

    On October 20, the opening ceremony of the DyNaLab Wind Turbine Test Bench was held in Bremenhaven (Germany). Idom has been working on the project over the last four years.

    Working for the Fraunhofer Institute, our firm has developed the engineering and architecture of the building, ancillary installations, and the special foundations, as well as the delivery of the Turnkey project for the entire test bench.
    The event was held at the test bench facilities and was attended by around 300 people, including German authority officials and representatives of the industry from across Europe.

    Published 3 11 2015
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    On October 20, the opening ceremony of the DyNaLab Wind Turbine Test Bench was held in Bremenhaven (Germany). Idom has been working on the project over the last four years.

    Working for the Fraunhofer Institute, our firm has developed the engineering and architecture of the building, ancillary installations, and the special foundations, as well as the delivery of the Turnkey project for the entire test bench.
    The event was held at the test bench facilities and was attended by around 300 people, including German authority officials and representatives of the industry from across Europe.

    Following the speeches of the representatives of the Fraunhofer Institute and the German Authorities, there was a demonstration of the test bench and a guided visit of the facilities.

    The event, an important milestone for the wind industry, has had extensive media coverage. The commissioning of the test bench means that the industry will now have a test bench with outstanding capacity to further develop and improve the elements of wind generators. Idom is proud to have been involved in such a prestigious project, which, on a professional level, will serve to further enhance our reputation in the field of wind energy on a global scale.

    Photo: Fraunhofer IWES / Martina Bucholz

    Published 3 11 2015
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    Audi City, a model of a planned urban growth

    The automaker Audi has selected the town of San José Chiapa, in the Mexican state of Puebla, for their new plant. Up to 150,000 vehicles a year will be produced at the plant which will be spread over some 600 hectares. This project will boost not just employment but also the tradition of the region as a car producer, increasing its economic competitiveness and making it attractive to other companies in the value chain.

    Published 28 09 2015
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    The automaker Audi has selected the town of San José Chiapa, in the Mexican state of Puebla, for their new plant. Up to 150,000 vehicles a year will be produced at the plant which will be spread over some 600 hectares. This project will boost not just employment but also the tradition of the region as a car producer, increasing its economic competitiveness and making it attractive to other companies in the value chain.

    Currently, the region lacks an urban centre with the characteristics required for the growth that will be generated by the new plant, an estimated 20,000 and 5,000 houses. Therefore, the Government of Puebla has commissioned Idom to develop a Master Plan for the design of a new city: The City Model.

    Our firm has proposed, in a first phase, allocating 150 hectares to resolving the demand for housing and amenities. We are designing a city which is safe and liveable, promoting socio-economic integration and cultural diversity, an urban fabric whose density favours a variety of uses and eco-mobility (more than 70% of movement can be made on foot, by bicycle or using public transport).

    The amenities and specialized services of the new city, for example, the two new universities, will increase the regional offer and consolidate the city as a creative city where knowledge and innovation are closely linked to the productive tradition.

    In addition, Idom has been working on the development of a Regional Ecological Management Program (PROE), a Sub-regional Land Management Program, and a Metropolitan Plan. The objective of this work is to regulate and induce land use and the productive activity in the region, working towards sustainable development which is compatible with environmental protection.

    Published 28 09 2015
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    IDOM - ADA NOTICIA - CLEMSON WIND TURBINE TEST FACILITY ENR AWARD CEREMONY NEW YORK
    IDOM IN THE BEST OF THE BEST AWARD 2014

    In 2015, the Engineering News Record magazine, a renowned international publication in Construction Engineering, announced the winners of the Best of the Best Projects 2014 Awards, a recognition of the top examples of design and construction excellence among completed work in the USA during the preceding year. For the first time, ENR has honored the winning project teams in the 50th Annual Award of Excellence Celebration held in April at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York.

    Published 24 04 2015
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    In 2015, the Engineering News Record magazine, a renowned international publication in Construction Engineering, announced the winners of the Best of the Best Projects 2014 Awards, a recognition of the top examples of design and construction excellence among completed work in the USA during the preceding year. For the first time, ENR has honored the winning project teams in the 50th Annual Award of Excellence Celebration held in April at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York.

    Competing with the top regional projects that reached the national competition, CLEMSON University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was distinguished with the Best of the Best Project 2014 award in the category of Industry / Energy. But the huge success achieved by this multiple award-winning facility does not stop there.

    This first-of-its-kind Research Facility has been honored by ENR’s Editorial staff with the Editors’ Choice Award, a distinction that recognizes the project that stood out most amongst the winning projects in the 19 different categories. Furthermore, ENR magazine editors have also recognized Dr. Nikolaos Rigas, the Executive Director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute, as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers for his outstanding accomplishments in leading this unique testing facility that will have considerable benefits for the American Wind Energy Industry.

    Representatives from Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), as the Owner of the Research Center, Choate Construction Co., the General Contractor, and AEC-Idom, the Lead Design Firm for this project, attended the Ceremony on behalf of all the team members and received these prestigious Awards

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    Clemson University Restoration Institute, Choate Construction Co. and Idom attendess. From left to Right: Matt Brewer, Senior Vice-president of Choate Construcion Co., Thomas Lorentz, Senior Vice-president of AEC-Idom, John Dudas, Senior Vice-president of Choate Construction Co., Armando Bilbao, Operations Manager of Idom ADA, Javier Ariño, Senior Systems Engineer of Idom ADA, Dr. Nikolaos Rigas, Executive Director of CURI, and Iñigo Eletxigerra, Project Manager in Idom ADA.

    Published 24 04 2015
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    CLEMSON Wind Research Facility, Best Energy / Industrial Project in the USA

    The Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine, an international publication reporting on construction industry worldwide, has announced the top winners of the annual competition for the Best of the Best Projects 2014. The award for the best project in the USA within the category of Industry / Energy has been given to CLEMSON University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center in North Charleston.

    Published 17 04 2015
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    The Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine, an international publication reporting on construction industry worldwide, has announced the top winners of the annual competition for the Best of the Best Projects 2014. The award for the best project in the USA within the category of Industry / Energy has been given to CLEMSON University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center in North Charleston.

    Idom has been responsible for the Architecture design, complete Engineering and Owner’s Engineering during all phases of the project of this world-class leading research facility that allows the wind industry to conduct tests in a reduced time on the next generation off-shore windturbines.

    The SCE&G Energy Innovation Center had previously been winner of the regional Best Projects 2014 competition, after which it moved up to the national contest competing with the other regional winners in the same category. A new national panel of judges then had to distinguish the best project in terms of teamwork, safety, innovation, quality and design functionality.

    Published 17 04 2015
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    Decommissioning nuclear power plants

    International meeting on nuclear safety

    The components removed from decommissioned nuclear power plants have completed wither part or all of their lifecycle under a normal operation; therefore, they are enormously valuable in terms of research as they can be used to contrast technical studies and laboratory experiments. The result of this work allows engineers to optimize the safety coefficients used in the design phase.

    Published 20 01 2015
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    International meeting on nuclear safety

    The components removed from decommissioned nuclear power plants have completed wither part or all of their lifecycle under a normal operation; therefore, they are enormously valuable in terms of research as they can be used to contrast technical studies and laboratory experiments. The result of this work allows engineers to optimize the safety coefficients used in the design phase.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched a project with the objective of establishing international collaboration to study the recovery, measurement, registering and analysis of materials removed from decommissioned nuclear power plants.

    Recently, a meeting was held in Madrid, which was attended by the coordinator of the IAEA, Mr. Polyakov and representatives from Spain, Romania, Canada, Japan, USA, Belgium, France, Hungary, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

    The Technical Manager of Idom Nuclear Services, Iñaki Gorrochategui, represented Idom at the meeting.

    Published 20 01 2015
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    Smartcities

    The Association for the Advancement of Management (Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección) publishes a magazine each month reporting on the current socioeconomic situation and the latest trends in business management, enhancing communication with its members and complementing its knowledge transfer and training activity from the association’s different headquarters.

    Published 1 01 2015
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    The Association for the Advancement of Management (Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección) publishes a magazine each month reporting on the current socioeconomic situation and the latest trends in business management, enhancing communication with its members and complementing its knowledge transfer and training activity from the association’s different headquarters.

    Our colleague Fernando Tomás has published an article in the magazine which highlights the leading role that Spain is taking in the implementation of Smart City projects. He calls for action from companies with investment capacity to take advantage of our export potential as a country, in a market where PPP schemes will be the key for the most important future development.

    The article is part of a monograph on Smart Cities in which the executives of important firms reflect on this new trend from the different economic, legal or technological perspectives.

    Once you register on the ADP website, all the magazines are available online for free. The following is the link to the Blog website of IDOM’s Smart Cities Group.

    Smart Cities Group Blog

    Published 1 01 2015
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    IDOM - ADA NOTICIA - QUIJOTE EXPERIMENT TELESCOPE CMB TENERIFE
    The QUIJOTE Experiment could measure Big Bang gravitational waves

    In his speech at the International Philosophy of Cosmology Conference held in Tenerife, Professor Rafael Rebolo, the Director of the IAC, announced that the QUIJOTE Experiment would be up and running by the end of 2015. The experiment is installed at the Teide Observatory and will detect and measure the signal from gravitational waves sourced from the Big Bang, possibly providing strong evidence to demonstrate the inflation theory during the first instants of the Universe.

    Published 10 10 2014
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    In his speech at the International Philosophy of Cosmology Conference held in Tenerife, Professor Rafael Rebolo, the Director of the IAC, announced that the QUIJOTE Experiment would be up and running by the end of 2015.  The experiment is installed at the Teide Observatory and will detect and measure the signal from gravitational waves sourced from the Big Bang, possibly providing strong evidence to demonstrate the inflation theory during the first instants of the Universe.

    The Director of the IAC, pointed to the greater number of active frequencies available for observations, 6 in total, which were carefully selected in order to avoid the corrupting influence of cosmic dust, as the distinctive characteristic of the QUIJOTE Experiment; a characteristic that positions in a favourable position with respect to other current research projects chasing the same objective.

    Given the importance of the possible outcome of the study of the early stages of the Universe, IDOM is proud to be contributing to the project with the delivery of the first telescope, in operation since November 2012, the integration and testing of the 5 polarimeters of the first instrument, the design and construction supervision of the building that protects both telescopes, and the turnkey supply of the second telescope.

    Published 10 10 2014
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    IDOM - ADA NOTICIA - CLEMSON WINDTURBINE DRIVETRAIN TEST FACILITY USA
    CLEMSON University WTDTTF achieves LEED Gold Status

    CLEMSON University’s South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) Energy Innovation Center, has been awarded the LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building (USGBC) less than a year after its opening.

    Published 4 09 2014
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    CLEMSON University’s South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) Energy Innovation Center, has been awarded the LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building (USGBC) less than a year after its opening.

    The achieved LEED Gold status for this world-class energy research facility capable of full-scale, highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines, comes as a recognition of AEC-IDOM project team successful integration of sustainability and efficiency in the design and construction process.

    Some of the main sustainable features that led to achieving the LEED Gold rating include an advanced technology design that recovers 75-80 percent of 22.5MW needed for the operation of the test, as well as the recycling and repurposing of more than 50 percent of the existing building materials.

    Further measures such as careful selection of indoor materials, installation of monitoring systems for indoor air quality enhancement and the use of highly reflective roofing and cladding systems were other attributes that resulted in the Gold rating.

    Published 4 09 2014
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