Meet the team!

Inés Azpeitia

Head of Innovation Projects

I’m a Civil Engineer, PMP and BIM Master. I have been working in Ferrovial Construction for 5 years and, before my current position in Innovation, I was part of the Digital Construction and Data Management Department, so I have been fortunate to support numerous construction teams in the digitisation and optimisation of their processes and in the implementation of methodologies such as BIM or LEAN. I am currently responsible for the management and coordination of all innovation projects carried out in Ferrovial Construction. The main objective for innovation leaders in the different countries and divisions is to support the different departments, geographies and worksites in the search for innovative solutions, both internal and external, for their needs. For the development of some of these internal innovation initiatives, we also have the support of the Innovation Group and the Digital Hub. We also develop research projects financed with public funds from the European Commission or the CDTI together with other technological partners and universities.

Sara Cuerva

Head of Innovation Portfolio & Culture

I am an Industrial Engineer and Psychology graduate, I have studied and worked in several countries in Europe: Germany, UK, Poland and Spain. These challenging experiences have shown me the importance of always having an open mind to learn and take the best from each culture and incorporate it into the way I live and work. I have been working at Ferrovial for 7 years, during which I have worked on site, in the construction of a Waste-to-Energy plant in Poland, I have collaborated in the bidding process of several EPC projects as a technical manager, and for the last 4 years I have been working in the Innovation Department. Now, my main goal is to try to promote the Culture of Innovation so that we are not afraid to express ourselves, propose ideas, take risks and try new solutions. Because we are all innovation and when we work in an environment where the culture of innovation is encouraged, the generation of new ideas and solutions flows.

Raquel Marco

Project Manager Jr.

I manage Innovation Culture projects, an aspect that I believe is crucial for innovation. After all, a vital part of innovation is that the people who are going to benefit from it receive it as an enabler and not as an added complication in their daily work. The Culture team is in charge of expanding the culture, looking for innovative talent, motivating a change of mentality, bringing innovation closer to the work, etc. I believe that the success of the implementation of any innovation project depends not only on having a good idea, a good product, a good development, etc., but also on adapting to change in the most motivating, organic and natural way possible.

Laura Tordera

Global Head of Innovation

I am a MSc Civil Engineer at Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), specialized in Energy and Hydraulic areas. I have been also developing my knowledge through executive education programs at EOI (School of Industrial Organization) and IE (Business School) & Financial Times.  I am the Global Head of Innovation at Ferrovial Construction and currently I am also a member of the Steering Committee of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP). I hold the position of President of the Railway Innovation Hub. I am a member of the Foundation’s Board, the Delegate Commission, and the Working Groups of the Spanish Construction Technology Platform (PTEC). I also expend my time as a member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Civil Engineering Association and President of the Ethics and Transparency Committee. I held the office of Secretary General of the European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development (ENCORD) for 7 years (2012-2019).

Tobias Hanel

Project Manager

I manage innovation projects, both funded projects (especially European-funded) and internal initiatives. Among my functions and skills as Project Manager, I have a good understanding of the needs of the site and the business, and ensure a technological watch to be aware of new disruptive solutions that can meet these demands, coordinate and manage projects and pilots, i.e. monitor and control the scope, deadlines and budget correctly, ensure smooth communication with all stakeholders (internal and external), define indicators to assess the real impact of an initiative, collect lessons learned and communicate the achievements and successes and study scaling options in the most successful projects.

Irene Pajares

Innovate & Culture Manager

I’m part of the Innovation Culture team. My main functions are the management of the Innovate Construction Awards, a key tool we have to identify, recognise and reward the innovation that is taking place in all construction sites around the world, and the Innovate magazine, a monthly magazine focused exclusively on Innovation and which seeks to give a voice to all innovators all over the world.

Miguel de Urquia

Project Manager

I’m  an Industrial Engineer of Organisation. Since I was very young I have been passionate about every movingobject, a passion that I have gradually focused on this new mobility that surrounds us. However, it is not the only one of my “obsessions”. Technology, its rapid growth, the importance of observing which are the current actors that generate it, all this led me to develop a work for the JRC (Joint Research Center – European Commission), where the main technological ecosystems are analysed, and how they can be properly evaluated (JRC Publications Repository – Place-based Innovation Ecosystems for emerging mobility-based business models (europa.eu)). I have also worked for the European Defence Agency, mainly on innovation projects related to underwater communications, drone user interface for mine detection, soldier logistics, digital twin in ships and directed energy among others. Finally, I was in charge of the “data governance and process office” in the Information and Knowledge Management Section (IKMS) of the Defence Agency in Spain.

Luis Amorim

Head of Open Innovation

Open Innovation is the practice of businesses and organizations sourcing ideas from external sources as well as internal ones. This means sharing knowledge and information about our challenges and looking to people and organisations outside our business for solutions and suggestions. But you may ask why do we need this?  We are increasingly aware that we do not have the resources or knowledge to solve every challenge or problem we face. Therefore, it is key that we continuously scan the global innovation ecosystem, looking for new partnerships that will assist us on addressing those challenges, and protect our current and future competitive advantage.  And that is what we do we manage the engagement with academia, Contractors and Clients innovation networks, Construtech startup ecosystem, other Ferrovial businesses, etc.  We also operate our innovation ‘Innovation Intelligence’ observatory where we assess the different horizons Now, New and Next. This is particularly important to help us prepare for what is coming, not only for what is available today

Isabel Gonzalo

Head of Management System & Intellectual Property

I’m an Industrial Engineer with specialized training in Innovation Management (it is kind of a weakness, I am a devotee of the systematisation of operations) and a Master in Industrial, Intellectual Property and New Technologies. I coordinate the centralisation of innovation data and information for internal or external reporting, for the legal protection of self-developed solutions and for their valorisation through external accreditations. I coordinate the centralisation of innovation data and information for internal or external reporting, for the legal protection of self-developed solutions and for their valorisation through external accreditations.

 

 

 

Jesús Egido

Junior Project Manager

Since I joined Ferrovial Construction as an intern a couple of months ago, I have been working as Assistant Project Manager in the Innovation Department, supporting the other Project Managers in the department’s projects, both internal and external.

Which of  the innovative initiatives you lead do you like the most and why?

Laura Tordera was a speaker in South Summit, presenting IKONGreen Innovative

Laura Tordera: “As Global Head of Innovation at Ferrovial Construction, what I find most exciting of my job is the constant redefinition of the company’s innovation strategy. We are going through exciting times in terms of technological development, and as a company we must be scouting the latest solutions and tools that emerge, even before they appear on the market, in order to continue to occupy the leading position that Ferrovial Construction has always held in the infrastructure sector.”

Isabel shows us one of the American Patents achieved by Ferrovial

Isabel Gonzalo: “I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know so many of the challenges that arise in day-to-day business and the solutions they develop to meet them, to be able to contribute to creating added value in the form of technological prestige and the generation of industrial property assets.”

Luis Amorim: “The most rewarding initiative we have, is our regular engagement with our different geographies, business units, projects, and departments. In these sessions we have an open discussion about challenges, problems, needs, that are hindering our ability to perform to our maximum, and ideas, projects, solutions, partnerships, etc. that might help us address these issues. We call it the Innovation Lab because it is where we experiment innovation in new construction techniques, materials, processes, etc., and where we drive new strategies and business models for a longer-term, enhanced competitive advantage.”

 INNOVATION PROJECTS TEAM

Inés Azpeitia: “I have to admit that I am delighted with all the projects we are currently carrying out from Innovation, but if I had to choose one in particular it would be Connected Sites. The main reason is that this project, which we are carrying out together with the Digital Construction and Data Management Department and the Digital Hub, is currently the project with the greatest potential to change the way we manage projects within Ferrovial Construction. The aim is to develop our own platform that integrates and connects with all the solutions implemented in the works (Procore, InSite, BIM, Earthworks, DatuBIM, OpenSpace… among others) so that all the data generated in a project can be accessed from a single site. This is intended to optimise the exchange of information and the exploitation of data, making decisions based on multiple variables and complex data analysis, improving deadlines, achieving more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable results, all while ensuring the cybersecurity and interoperability of all the systems that make up the solution.”

Tobias during the implementation of Smartformworks in the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Tobias Hanel: “If I had to choose one, I would perhaps mention a European project that I have been managing since its inception more than 3.5 years ago: the European BIMERR project. The aim of this project is to transform the current (very ageing) European residential market through energy rehabilitation, using new digital technologies applied to construction, such as BIM (Building Information Modelling). This project has a very high level of complexity (many parallel developments for different interfaces, many stakeholders with very different profiles…), which has meant significant challenges, but in Innovation, we must always see the positive side, and each challenge provides key learning. We are currently in the final stretch of the project, and there is still a lot to achieve, but the whole team is confident in the success of the project, and in the competitive advantages it could bring to the business.

I would also like to mention the SMARTFORMWORK project, as it is a very successful 100% internal initiative, which started from a ZURITANKEN idea. This initiative went through all the phases of the life cycle of an innovation initiative: ideation, development, testing, validation and scaling. I would like to highlight in this project the great professionalism of my colleagues from Ferrovial Construction and Corporation with whom I had the good fortune to collaborate, especially José Carlos Martínez, Rosario Marchena and Ignacio Tognaccini who helped us to deploy the system developed on the Thames Tideway site”.

Miguel during drone flights for Piloting Project

Miguel Urquía: “In general, I like the projects we carry out at Ferrovial because of something I consider essential: their implementation will represent a significant step forward in the field of application for which they are designed. For example, the internal initative Low Carbon Concrete seeks to find one or more solutions to save the C02 that concrete – and its lifecycle – generates. It seems trivial when you consider that concrete construction currently accounts for 10% of global C02 emissions. The sustainability of our works will be the aspect that will benefit most from this project. There is also PILOTING, a European project that allows viaduct inspections to be carried out with a drone equipped with AI systems and other robotic modules that allow them to take photos of infrastructure damage. This is a key project, considering that there are many elements on high-rise viaducts that cannot currently be inspected due to the danger involved in this type of inspection. Other projects (H2020), such as ALARTE, allow us to lead the final validation of the system in one of our works. This system is a fully automated accelerometer capable of sending the data from the readings to a database and warning in the event of anomalous parameters. This means a saving in terms of field operations, as it does not involve any manual tasks during operations.”

Jesús Egido: “I find it very interesting to learn about the new innovative solutions that are being developed to improve the execution and safety of construction sites, both new and maintenance, infrastructure and building, to get a global picture of most of the problems and to find a solution applicable to each problem is really motivating.”

 INNOVATION PORTFOLIO & CULTURE TEAM

Sara during the presentation of proposals of the I edition of Shuttle.

Sara Cuerva: “Shuttle. Shuttle is Ferrovial’s intrapreneurship programme, although more than a programme, it is a journey. A journey whose aim is not only to develop new solutions or products, but to give participants the chance to explore the unknown together with new colleagues, to learn and integrate new tools to innovate and challenge the status quo. The first edition at Ferrovial Construction took place in 2021. The brave intra-entrepreneurs selected, for almost 5 months using new work methodologies, successfully solved the business challenges they were presented with. At Shuttle they had the space and the necessary tools to boost their entrepreneurial spirit. Best of all, we will be launching the second edition in 2023, and we can’t wait for it to start! Are you ready? We want you!” Find out more about Shuttle here.

Raquel Marco: “The innovative initiative that I like the most of the ones we have underway right now is BuildAdvisor. BuildAdvisor is a project that was born from the Shuttle programme in 2021, and, since March, we have been working with one of the intrapreneurs, Alejandro Fantidis, on the development and implementation of the solution. What is BuildAdvisor? It is a platform that proposes to connect construction companies with their supply chain, providing key information to Construction Managers (for qualitative and data-driven decision making). This creates a collaborative ecosystem in which both the Supplier and the Construction Manager benefit: generating opportunities to discover new suppliers, sharing relevant and quality information between Construction Managers in an agile and simple way, avoiding working with subcontractors that generate risks by not measuring up, and endless possibilities that open up by building bridges and bringing Ferrovial and its supply chain together in a natural way”.

Irene recording innovations on site

Irene Pajares: “I am passionate about organising the Innovate Construction Awards. From the most creative part of thinking up the campaign and how to attract all our innovators to participate, to the compilation of all the innovative actions (I read each and every one that is presented), and then seeing how they progress through the phases of the different juries, to the organisation of the Gala. This is a very exciting moment, the day of the Gala is of enormous value, not only because it rewards the most innovative things that have been done during the year throughout Ferrovial’s geography, but also because it brings together all the people who make innovation possible.  This year, we hope to be able to celebrate this great moment in person and in style.

In addition, I love being able to get to know the innovations up close through the Innovate Magazine, which is the monthly publication dedicated to an innovative and relevant topic/work. The magazine allows us to be close to the works, give them a voice and visibility by telling what they are doing in terms of innovation. It keeps us close to the people as well, and this is of vital importance to the Culture team.”

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