Yesterday, Wednesday November 30, the UPC Chair – Construcía Group delivered in the Higher School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering of Terrassa (ESEIAAT) the prizes rewarding the best end-of-licence and master’s projects by students from Polytechnic University of Catalonia – BarcelonaTech (UPC) which were submitted to the competition organized by the President.
Thus, the best technological proposals applying circular economy approaches in the field of construction are recognized. During the event, the management of Grupo Construcía and ESEIAAT presented the results of a year of work by the UPC – Grupo Construcía Chair, focused on promoting innovation and training talent in construction and its related industry, and professional opportunities around the circular economy in the sector. Reward, encourage and attract talent among UPC engineers for the circular transformation of construction.
This is the objective of the prizes for the best graduation projects organized by the UPC Chair – Grupo Construcía, based at ESEIAAT. The best graduation project was developed by ESEIAAT student Marta Monteverde Méndez. The prize for the best master’s thesis was awarded to student Kidzia Sandoval Castro, from the Barcelona Polytechnic Building School (EPSEB).
Project Graduation Martha Monteverde proposes to design, develop and implement an industrial process for the recovery of large quantities of plastic waste in Barcelona, in the form of panels. The student focused on three areas: generating knowledge about the material’s properties and applications, as well as potential competitors; measure the impact of the initiative in the environmental, social and economic dimensions and, finally, design and develop a product entirely made up of panels PlasticPLA, to show its possible applications. According to Marta Monteverde, “With my work, I demonstrate that PlasticPLA panels are suitable for home and commercial interior decoration, as well as furniture design. However, its mechanical properties are inferior to those of the materials it intends to replace and it is therefore necessary to assess its suitability for each specific application.”.
For its part, Kidzia Sandoval In his master’s thesis, he chose to improve the properties of a block of earth by incorporating a vegetable gel obtained from rice starch, a renewable and abundant resource that allows the pieces to be replicated in a simple way. And it is that the student’s idea is designed for the construction of houses for vulnerable social sectors, who live in areas without resources and where rice cultivation is common. However, according to the EPSEB student, “The block that I designed is also an alternative for the construction industry sensitive to the environmental impact of its activity because its manufacturing process is respectful of the environment since it does not require the use of ovens.”.
Ground blocks made from rice starch have high water resistance and are very resistant to compression. The award ceremony for the UPC-Grupo Construcía Chair took place in the presence of the director of ESEIAAT, xavier rock; the co-CEO and founder of Grupo Construcía, Arturo Fernandez; the co-director of the UPC-Grupo Construcía Chair and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Construcía Group, Francois Lendinez; the director of the UPC-Grupo Construcía Chair, Nuria Forcada; and the co-director of the UPC-Grupo Construcía chair, Pedro Judez.
The event presented the results of the activities of the Chair during its first year of life and discussed the opportunities presented by the application of the circular economy in construction for young talents. In addition, the students were informed on how to integrate as engineers in the Construcía group.
The Construction group is an ecosystem of circular economy products and services companies in the construction sector, which includes four companies: Construcía (construction company), Construcía Instalaciones (engineering and installation), Circular Capital (positive impact investment management company) and Eco Intelligent Growth (circular economy consultancy). The company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and for a decade has worked with companies and organizations in the transition to innovative, profitable and circular business models and product design. With her work, she aspires to separate the construction sector from the massive consumption of raw materials to create healthy spaces for people, which drastically reduce waste and which are profitable for companies. It currently has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon.
More information on the UPC-Grupo Construcía Chair website, on the Construcía Group website and in the Corresponsables publications library.