At the end of 2018, a cross-functional R&D hub dedicated to the performance of our underground works was set up within VINCI Construction, called the Tunnel Factory.
Underground works are a very important challenge for the Group, which ranks as a world leader in this segment. VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Bessac, Dodin Campenon Bernard, VINCI Construction France and Sixense decided to pool their expertise within a joint entity, in order to boost innovation in tunnel construction.
The Tunnel Factory aims to create a network of dedicated expert employees and partners, in order to increase the value of our solutions, improve our profitability and enhance the safety of our tunnel projects.
To do this, a full-time team of four people works on these many and varied projects, along with around 15 employees from other entities who provide part-time support.
Their role is to:
- Propose and develop R&D projects,
- Roll out innovations within entities,
- Provide support to R&D projects,
- Manage patents
Their specialist areas: equipment and processes, data and artificial intelligence, geotechnics and geophysics, and ultra-low carbon technology.