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Over 10 years collaborating with Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In 2016, we renewed for five more years one of our most distinguished collaborations, the one we have had with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2010 as an associate member of the MIT Energy Initiative.

Under the umbrella of the prestigious American center, we also collaborate on various initiatives with the Sloan School of Management. And we are members of the CISR, Center for Information Systems Research. Through these routes of collaboration, MIT opens doors for us to the newest technology and knowledge, as well as some of the greatest minds on the campuses where we work.

With the objective of developing innovative projects to transform cities and infrastructure, during the 2010-2015 period we developed 11 initiatives in the areas of construction, cities, infrastructure, water treatment, waste management and energy efficiency. In the second five-year period, we have collaborated on twelve new projects since 2016.

Ferrovial and the MIT Energy Initiative

Through the MIT Energy Initiative, an energy research and education hub, we have participated in many different studies. All of them have been or are intended to determine the future trends that will define the evolution of our world in the coming decades in areas such as mobility, management of resources, water and energy, and infrastructure maintenance.

During the first five-year period of collaboration with MIT, between 2011 and 2015, we studied, among other things, the impact of the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment plants, the use of data analysis and mathematical models for waste separation, the development of intelligent systems to detect outages in the public lighting network and the use of predictive models to anticipate the behavior of the land during tunnel construction projects.

Mobility of the Future and Mobility System Center

The Mobility of the Future (MoF) study explores the major factors that will affect the evolution of personal mobility leading up to 2050 and beyond. Using a scenario-based approach, the diverse study team of MIT faculty, researchers, and students have examined how different factors will play a role in shaping the future of personal mobility at different scales, from global and national markets to policy and mobility choices at the city and individual levels. The resulting report, Insights into Future Mobility, was released in November 2019 and presented results and findings to help stakeholders and policymakers anticipate and navigate the disruptions and changes that lie ahead.

MoF partnership: Alfa, AramcoBPChevronEquinor, ExxonMobilFerrovialGeneral MotorsShell and Toyota Mobility Foundation

The Mobility System Center (MSC), an MIT Energy Initiative Low-Carbon Energy Center, brings together MIT’s extensive expertise in mobility research to understand current and future trends in global passenger and freight mobility. 

A Collaboration to Transform Infrastructure

Is it possible to generate electricity from the noise created by airplanes? What will new asphalt materials be like? Can we reduce the maintenance needs of trains in the future?  We are seeking answers to these questions and many more through the twelve projects that we are developing and the new ones that we will develop and the new ones that we will develop with MIT in this second period of collaboration, which will last until 2020.

Of the lines of research being pursued, one that stands out is the work to learn to capture energy in the form of airport noise and transform it into electricity, especially to feed low-power technologies at the facility itself, such as sensors. In another line of research, we are studying how to use wearables and, in particular, RFID radio frequency identification technologies to monitor the energy needs of buildings and improve their efficiency.

Through Ditecpesa we are also collaborating in the only MIT research project on asphalt materials. Specifically, we are studying microporosity and the chemical and physical behavior of the bitumen particles, in order to better understand the mechanical properties of asphalt.

Other research projects are focused on updating wastes from water treatment plants, deep understanding of mobility patterns in cities and their impact on the quality of life and wealth generation, and the application of machine learning to automatic infrastructure monitoring. Finally, [we are working on] projects to move into the future through science and innovation, and to position ourselves as a company committed to the leading scientific and technological transition for society.

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