R&D - IDP - engineering · environment · architecture



In IDP we give R&D the mission of transforming our services and processes to provide differential value to our customers and society, and for that we look for the best ideas, and we participate in great innovative projects with leading technology partners, and around of all the world.

  • In IDP, we consider investment in R&D as a strategic pillar, and that is why we invest 4,2% of the annual turnover in R&D.
  • The culture of innovation has become the true engine of change and differentiation of IDP.



Construction of the digital twin of an industry, infrastructure or building, in order to optimize its maintenance, operation and safety processes through simulation in the digital model for the subsequent implementation in the physical asset.


Digitalization of all the processes that allow to have reliable information, from which to build the control dashboards of indicators with which to make the best decisions.


Construction of a layer of artificial intelligence on the Digital Twin realized, that from learning from situations, automate the actions to be performed.


Improve the interpretation of the asset and its processes through the use of technology by combining real and virtual images interactively and in real time.


Implementation of a new economy based on the principle of "closing the circle of life" of products and services, with the aim of maintaining its value throughout its life cycle, and thus minimizing the generation of waste.


Automation of the processes of the life cycle of an asset.


We actively participate in the main organizations and innovation and development programs worldwide with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness and efficiency of our production processes.


Different institutions guarantee and certify our organization, putting value on the innovative component in our projects and activities.


“SAMIS” project

The SAIMIS project for the design, development and implementation of an automated system based on a drone and technological tools for the inspection of underground infrastructures. The general objective is the design and development of a technological solution for the control and inspection in the maintenance phase of underground infrastructures (such as tunnels, galleries, wells, urban sewer system and underground sewer networks, among others); based on the use of an unmanned aerial platform (UAV) and a technological tool geoBIM1 that allows in a later stage the storage and automatic analysis of the information captured.The consortium consists of:
  • Geocisa
  • Cartif
  • IDP Ingeniería y Arquitectura Iberia, S.L.U

PISCIA project

The PISCIA Project is an interoperability platform for water cycle services. The main objective of the project is the development of an experimental prototype of a BIM environment for the water sector capable of integrating, orchestrating and offering new water management services to operational and strategic managers.  This prototype will allow the interconnection, management and intelligent orchestration of existing tools, systems, applications and devices not only in the water infrastructure but also in other services offered to citizens (energy, health, banking, etc.).The implementation and use of open standards at the process level will maximize interoperability (syntactic and semantic), homogenize the exchange of information and allow new events to be derived based on the information exchanged, taking a step forward towards cross-domain interoperability.The consortium consists of:
  • Eurecat
  • Cetaqua
  • IDP Ingeniería y Arquitectura Iberia, S.L.U

“Sphere” Project

The SPHERE project is an Innovation Action for the Industrial Sustainability call of the Horizon 2020 Framework Program (H2020) that proposes the improvement and optimization of the design, construction and energy performance of buildings, and management, reducing construction costs and their impact environmental impact while increasing overall energy efficiency. This concept of Digital Twin is in fact a distributed but coordinated database, which includes information on geometric objects that form a unique synchronized virtual model of reality. As has been demonstrated in other fields, the twinning of this model of virtual information with reality helps significantly in the decision-making during each phase of the construction of the building. Useful life (manufacturing, design, construction, maintenance, operation, rehabilitation and even demolition). The ICT platform in the SPHERE cloud will allow interacting with different stakeholders during any phase of the asset with a Digital Twin model of building information and a scalable set of different software tools, such as energy demand / performance simulation tools , support systems for decision making and coaching, BEMs or Predictive Maintenance Algorithms enabled by IoT.The consortium consists of:
  •  Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
  •  R2M Solution SRL
  •  COMSA Instalaciones y Sistemas Industriales, S.A.
  •  OCTOPUSSY Agence pour la Creation et la Diffusion d'Activités Culturelles Artistiques Technologiques Scientifiques
  •  Fundació Eurecat
  •  Comet Gesinco S.L.
  •  Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
  •  BASF Construction Solutions GmbH
  •  NEANEX International B.V.
  •  EKODENGE Sustainability Engineering Limited
  •  CAVERION Suomy Oy
  •  CREE Rhomberg GmbH
  •  DE5 Services Srl
  •  National University of Ireland, Galway
  •  VRM Technology
  •  Empresarios Agrupados Internacional
  •  Ascora GmbH
  •  IDP Ingenieria y Architectura Iberia S.L.U.

“Hycool” Project

HyCool Project is an Innovation Action for the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy Call under the Horizon 2020 framework programme (H2020) aiming at the increase of the current use of Solar Heat in Industry Processes, and to do so the project proposes the coupling of a new Fresnel CSP Solar thermal collectors (FCSP) with specially build Hybrid Heat Pumps (HHP) (a “two-in one” combination of adsorption and compressor based heat pumps) for a wider output temperature range (Solar Heating & Cooling –SHC-), and to provide a wide range of design and operational configurations to better fit each case, hence increasing the potential implementation of the proposed Solar Heat in industrial environments. The two main features of HyCool System are Flexibility and Efficiency an they will allow different strategies for a technically and economically viable system. During Capital Expenditures phase simplicity will be aimed at pursuing easiness in design configuration optimization, modular construction and ITS for commissioning. During Operational Expenditures the optimum balance between the HyCool System Operational Flexibility and Efficiency will be targeted to maximize HyCool cost effectiveness to each individual case.The consortium is composed of:
  • Veolia Serveis Catalunya S.A.U.
  • IDP Ingeniería y arquitectura Iberia, S.L.U.
  • Bo de Debò, S.L.
  • R2M Solution SRL
  • Eidgenossische Materialprufungs und Forschungsanstalt
  • Ciaotech Srl
  • Fresnex GmbH
  • Ecotherm Austria GmbH
  • Ekodenge Muhendislik Mimarlik Danismanlik Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
  • Givaudan Suisse S.A.
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
  • Dr. Jakob Energy Research GmbH & Co. K.G.
  • Fahrenheit AG
  • Comet Gesinco S.L.
  • Asociación Española de Normalización

“Houseful” Project

HOUSEFUL project is an Innovation Action for the Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy Call under the Horizon 2020 framework programme (H2020) that proposes an innovative paradigm shift towards a circular economy for the housing sector by demonstrating the feasibility of an integrated systemic service composed of 11 circular solutions. HOUSEFUL will introduce solutions to become more resource efficient throughout the lifecycle of a building, taking into account an integrated circular approach where energy, materials, waste and water aspects are considered. This approach fosters new forms of co-creation, increasing the collaboration among stakeholders of the housing value chain to develop new circular solutions and services. HOUSEFUL concept will be large scale demonstrated at 4 demo-sites in Austria and Spain, adapting the concept to different scenarios, including in social housing buildings.This project has an overall budget of 8,54 million euros in 4 years and a half, during which its solutions will be evaluated from an environmental (Life Cycle Assessment), economic (Life Cycle Cost) and social (Social Assessment) point of view. The results obtained will be used to define an integrated HOUSEFUL service which will be driven and promoted through a SaaS (Software as a Service). The SaaS will integrate a Circularity Tool to quantify the circularity level of buildings and will include different circular solutions to be offered as services, encouraging the housing value chain to redesign traditional business models towards circular ones.The consortium is composed of:
  • Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associación
  • Institut de Tecnologia de la Construcció de Catalunya
  • Fundación CARTIF
  • Alchemia-Nova - GmbH
  • Agència de l’Habitatge de Catalunya
  • VISUM Limited
  • Sistemes Avancats de energia Solar Termica SCCL - Aiguasol
  • LGI consulting Sarl
  • Architekturbüro Reinberg ZT GmbH
  • Turntoo B.V.
  • Neues Leben Gemeinnützige Bau-, Wohn- und Siedlungsgenossenschaft Reg. Gen.m.b.H.
  • Comite Europeen de Coordination de L’Habitat Social AISBL
  • Water, Environment and Business for Development S.L.
  • Fondazione iCons
  • IDP Ingenieria y Architectura Iberia S.L.U.

“GeoFit” Project

GEOFIT is an integrated industrially driven action for the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy Call under the Horizon 2020 framework programme (H2020) aimed at deployment of cost effective enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) on energy efficient building retrofitting. This entails the development technical development of innovative EGS and its components, namely, non-standard heat exchanger configurations, a novel hybrid heat pump and electrically driven compression heat pump systems and suite of heating and cooling components to be integrated with the novel GSHP concepts, all specially designed to applied in energy efficient retrofitting projects. To make viable the novel EGS in energy efficient building retrofitting, a suite of tools and technologies is developed, including: low invasive risk assessment technologies, site-inspection and worksite building monitoring techniques (SHM), control systems for cost-effective and optimized EGS in operation phase and novel BIM-enabled dedicated tools for management of geothermal based retrofitting works (GEOBIM platform). Furthermore, the project is commited with the application of novel drilling techniques as the improved low invasive vertical drilling and trenchless technologies. The project has an overall budget of 9,70 million euros in 4 years times, during which it will bring these technical developments within a new management framework based on Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions for the geothermal based retrofitting process.The IDDS driven process will materialise in the Geo-BIM enabled Retrofitting Management Platform (Geo-BIM tool).The consortium is composed of:
  • COMSA Corporación de Infraestructuras S.L.
  • IDP Ingeniería y arquitectura Iberia, S.L.U.
  • R2M Solution SRL
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • Università degli Studi di Perugia
  • IDS Georadar SRL
  • Ochsner Warmepumpen GmbH
  • Nobatek
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
  • Catalana de Perforacions S.A.
  • Uponor OYJ
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Fahrenheit AG
  • Lülea Tekniska Universitet
  • Groenholland Geo Energiesystemen BV
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan
  • Fundació Eurecat
  • Comet Gesinco S.L.
  • SIART - Sistemi Informativi Analisi Rischio Territoriale S.R.L.
  • Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileain Arann Teoranta
  • Carel Deutschland GmbH
  • Asociación Española de Normalización

“WPDron” project

Collaborative project of industrial research, experimental development and innovation promoted by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), which aims to develop a centralized system of automated tracking of infrastructure execution in linear civil works (highways, highways, roads , links, railway lines and stations, actions of earthworks in large volumes, stability of slopes and networks of channeling) based on drones of advanced technological features, specifically developed in the framework of the project, as well as in a new technological platform of exchange , treatment and distribution of data.The project has a total budget of 1 million euros over a period of one year and a half, during which it will focus on the development of an autonomous industrial data acquisition vehicle, the development of a tool for generating 3D models and the associated point cloud as well as its integration into the system through the realization of a three-dimensional BIM model integrated with GIS technology to obtain a GeoBIM (BIM geopositioning) model, and in the assembly of the automation of the data collection, processing as a digital model and obtaining results applicable to civil works requirements.The consortium consists of:
  • FCC Construcción, S.A.
  • UAV Autosystems Hovering Solutions, S.L.
  • IDP Ingeniería y arquitectura Iberia, S.L.U.

“ACTIV4.0” project

Collaborative project of industrial research, experimental development and innovation promoted by the Comunitas RIS3CAT (ACCIÓ), which aims at the transformation towards the digital management of assets and processes in facilities and networks providing services through the development of the new concept of "Utilities 4.0”, with the ultimate goal of being able to offer a better service to the client/citizen.The project has a total budget of 2.23 million euros over a period of three years and will address the research and development of technologies that allow interoperability between machines, sensors and people through the Internet of Things (IoT) or of people (IoP) and the ability to transform data into useful and reliable information, the aggregation and visualization of current or predictable information to make informed decisions and solve urgent problems at short notice or prevent their appearance, the autonomous ability to take decisions of cybernetic physical systems or delegation to a higher level through multi-criterion optimization in case of conflict, the application of BIM technology as an integrating tool for information relevant to the design, operation and maintenance of facilities based on advanced models of 3D rendering.The consortium consists of:
  • Ferrovial Servicios S.A.
  • Gas Natural Fenosa Generación, S.L.U.
  • Gas Natural Catalunya SDG, S.A.
  • Aqualogy Business Software
  • Aquatec
  • Aigües de Barcelona
  • Fundació Eurecat
  • Centre de Visió per Computador
  • Centro Específico de Investigación en Supervisión, Seguridad y Control Automático
  • Centre Tecnològic de l'Aigua
  • Worldsensing S.L.
  • IDP Ingeniería y arquitectura Iberia, S.L.U.

“HARSHWORK” project

Project HARSHWORK promoted by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which aims to increase the efficiency of the handling of components working in difficult environments through a software model that predicts and quantifies wear.The project has a total budget of 1.56 million euros over a three year period .The project will optimise operating costs by reducing maintenance times, lowering costs and increasing machine performance. The results of the project are of great interest to mining companies and manufacturers of mining equipment, as well as to a wider range of steelmaking, engineering and recycling. El consorcio está formado por:The consortium consists of:
  • Boliden Mineral AB
  • Consell general de Cambres de Comerc Industria i Navegacio de Catalunya
  • Fundació CTM Centre Technologic
  • LTU Business AB
  • Luleå University of Technology (LTU)
  • Outotec (Finland) Oy
  • IDP Ingeniería y arquitectura Iberia, SLU

“BIM4SAFETY” project

Project Retos colaboración financed by the Ministry of Economy Industry and Competitiveness, framed in the State Research Program Development and Innovation Oriented to the Challenges of the Society and the State Plan of Scientific and Technical and Innovation Research 2013-2016, for the use of BIM methodology for the development of a new monitoring system for the improvement of safety in the construction phase of buildings and civil infrastructures - BIM4Safety.The consortium consists of:
  • Vías y Construcciones, SA
  • Fundació Eurecat
  • Impemer
  • IDP Ingeniería y Arquitectura Iberia, SLU

“INTERMODEL” project

European research & development project INTERMODEL, within the Mobility for Growth call from the Horizon 2020 programme (MG-8.4a-2015), which aims to develop a methodology and set of ICT tools in order to allow an advanced simulation of railway intermodal logistics platform models to support tasks related with design and operational phases.The consortium consists of:
  • IDP Ingenieria y Arquitectura Iberia SL, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), Consorci Centre d'Innovacio del Transport 8CENIT), Vias and Construcciones S.A. and BASF Construction Chemicals España S.L (Spain)
  • Bedeschi S.p.A., Contship Italia S.p.A. and Autorità Portuale della Spezia (Italy)
  • Zarzad Nadbaltyckich Inicjatyw Klastrowych Sp. z o.o. ZNIK (Poland)
  • Vianova Systems Finland Ltd. and VTT-Teknologian tutkimuskeskus Oy (Finland)
  • Kiruna Wagons AB (Sweden)
  • DHL Freight Germany Holding GmbH (Denmark)
  • Macomi B.V. (Holand)

“Metgrow+” project

European R&D METGROW+ project, in the frame of the Horizon 2020 Program, the aim of the project is to develop new innovative metallurgic technologies to allow flexible, rentable and sustainable designs for the metal valorization in low law from raw materials and secondary resources.The consortium consists of:
  • Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy and Outotec (Finland)
  • Instytut Metali Niezelaznych and Profima Spolka Z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnością (Poland)
  • SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut Ab (Sweden)
  • Technical University Of Crete (Greece)
  • Hellenic Copper Mines Ltd (Cyprus)
  • D'appolonia Spa (Italy)
  • Kerneos SA (France)
  • Arche, Jm Reciclaje Nv, Universiteit Of Gent, Umicore, Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek Nv and Katholieke Univertiteit Leuven (Belgium)
  • Optimizacion Orientada a la Sostenibilidad SL, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Urbaser SA  e IDP Ingeniería and Arquitectura Iberia SL (Spain)

“Hermes” project

The Hermes R&D European project, funded by the EU in the frame of Mobility for Growth “Smart Rail” (MG2.2) of the Horizon 2020 program, which has the goal to optimize the design for the fabrication of a new freight railroad wagon that will use new materials and recoveries in order to improve its loading factor and that will count with a new monitoring system.The consortium consists of:
  • Two European universities: Lulea Tekniska (Suecia) y Armines (France)
  • Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat (FGC), Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Manresa (CTM), ICL group and IDP (Spain)
  • Kiruna Wagon and SSAB Tunnplaet (Sweden)
  • Hempel (Denmark)

“IPAN – Introduce Your Popular Low Density Structural Panel” project

Research project "IPAN - Innovate Popular Low Density Structural Panel" under the 7th Framework Programme of Research and Development (ENV-2012.6.3 Innovative resource efficient technologies, processes and services) of the European Union, which aims to design the process of large-scale production of industrial structural panels of wood, using both wood waste as the treetops (specifically fast growing trees), optimizing surface finish with innovative resins, minimizing emissions and resource consumption.

The consortium consists of:

  • Chimar Hellas (Greece).
  • Ciaotech, IBL, IMAL, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy).
  • Stela (Germany).
  • European Centre for Soft Computing, IDP (Spain).

“DOF – District of the Future” Project

Research project "DOF - District of the Future", under the 7th Framework Programme of Research and Development (ICT-2013.6.4 Optimising Energy Systems in Smart Cities) of the European Union, which aims to develop a solution based on information technology and communications to facilitate the monitoring, management and optimization of energy production and consumption in three districts in three cities in Europe (Corby, Orleans and Sabadell).

The consortium consists of:

  • Cardiff University (Britain).
  • Dalkia, EdenWay (France).
  • Everis (Belgium).
  • VTT, Fortum (Finland).
  • Telefonica, Exeleria, IDP (Spain).

“Smart Urban Management” Project

IDP has been honoured by the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments World (WeGo) which groups the world's major cities (Seoul, Barcelona, Paris, Frankfurt, San Francisco, São Paulo, Nairobi, Abu Dhabi, etc..) with the first prize in the category of Urban Management  as a world leader in the field of smart cities (smart cities).Specifically the project transforms the current management of cities in an efficient model through intensive use of information technology and communication (TIC).The project is transverse and is structured in 6 main lines of action:
  • Environment (waste management, water cycle, environmental parameters).
  • Mobility (active traffic management, public transport and parking. Boosting electric vehicle).
  • Energy efficiency (smart grid, smart building, efficient lighting).
  • Government and Citizenship (e-government, e-participation, open government and open data).
  • Competitiveness (co-working, telecommuting, e-learning, e-commerce).
  • Quality of life (phone-care, telemedicine, public safety and civil protection).