Short Name: 
ACCIONA
Country: 
Spain

ACCIONA Construcción is a leading European construction company designing, constructing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under sustainability principles. It has an international presence in more than 30 countries and its total turnover in 2015 was about 3,336 M€, employing 27,406 people. It is part of ACCIONA Group (turnover in 2015 was 6,544M€ and employed 32,147 people) whose business lines are Energy; Construction, Water & Services and other activities such as Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Logistic and transport. ACCIONA’s business strategy is tightly linked to sustainability and in recognition of the company’s efforts and commitments received in 2009 the recognition for Corporate Sustainability of the EU Business Award.

Within Construction business line, ACCIONA Construcción subsidiary company specializes in providing integral maintenance services for road, water and environmental infrastructures. It is a leader for infrastructure maintenance and conservation solutions, improving and protecting the environment for the benefit of those that use or are affected by these infrastructures. This specialist business unit is also capable of offering the best solutions for special structures in the most complex projects, covering every area of civil engineering and building construction, thanks to its proven commitment to innovation, its extensive experience and a great team of professionals.

ACCIONA Construcción has its own R&D Technological Centre in Madrid, composed by a multidisciplinary and international team of about 150 highly qualified researchers from a wide range of disciplines and an extent experience in R&D projects both national and international. Main research areas encompass nanotechnology, new construction materials, products and systems, ICTs, energy efficiency and environmental technologies. The Centre includes its own laboratories of nanotechnology and advanced materials, RES and HVAC integration in buildings, ICT, automation, virtual reality and simulation, chemistry analysis as well as workshops for prototyping construction.

Key personnel

Mr. Christian Baraja (male)
Mr. Christian Baraja obtained his MSc. in Physics major in Solid State Physics from the University Autónoma of Madrid and his Master’s degree in Technology and Energy Resources from the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. He joined the ICT team of ACCIONA Construcción in July 2013 and provides a strong background related to general project management of EU R&D co-funded projects (FP7, H2020 and ECSEL) in the area of ICTs applied to Construction, Transport, Energy Efficiency, Security, Smart Cities and Ambient Assisted Living. He has also experience in the management of technical activities such as wireless mesh networks software architecture design and optimization, wireless sensor networks deployment in multiple scenarios, energy sub-metering architecture design, development and deployment as well as multiple data monitoring. He is currently involved in two FP7 projects ZONESEC and Holisteec as well as two Horizon 2020 projects Ecoscale and Tribe.
Ms. Raquel Cortinat (female)
Ms. Raquel Cortinat with a University degree in Acoustic Engineering in Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and a Master in Architectural and Environmental Acoustics in the Ramon Llul University, she works in the ITC group of ACCIONA’s R&D Centre since 6 years. She has professional experience in development of architectural and environmental acoustics projects, covering vibrations, noise & insulation measurements; laboratory work concerned with the acoustic absorption materials and in noise & vibrations control. She is involved in different national and international projects: Common Energy, IN2RAIL, and SESBE. She has wide experience in the implementation of new technologies at construction works and different types of infrastructure.
Ms. Raquel Garcia (female)
Ms. Raquel Garcia graduated from Polytechnic University of Madrid in Telecommunication Engineering. She joined ACCIONA Construcción in 2012 as a researcher, specialist in electronic and hardware, and since then, she has been involved in several European R&D Projects related to ICT and embedded systems applied to the construction sector and the building environment. She is currently involved in Artemis project DEWI, “Dependable Embedded Wireless Infrastructure”, focused on the development of applications based on wireless sensor networks and in FP7 project NEED4B, “Demonstration of Very Low Energy New Buildings”. Her research interests are mainly focused on embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, and ICT applied to the construction sector, smart cities and urban systems.
Mr. Manuel Ruiz (male)
Mr. Manuel Ruiz is a Mathematics graduate by the University of Valladolid (Spain). He holds “Industrial mathematics and scientific computation” master by Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany). At present, he is part of the Information and Communication Technology Group in the R&D Department of ACCIONA Construcción. His research activity is focused on software engineering and ICT applied in construction.