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The keys to developing the innovation process at CLERHP Innovation Lab

The AECO sectorAlthough it has not yet reached levels of technological development or investment comparable to those of other sectors, it has been undergoing a change for years trying to apply Industry 4.0, BIM (Building Infromation Modeling) and, more recently, Intelligence Artificial.

At CLERHP Innovation Lab we are promoting this change thanks to a team made up of expert engineers who transmit their know-how to software developers. In addition, we have a committed board of directors and a 10M euro capital line with LDA Capital that give us a lot of confidence to face the challenges that catapult CLERHP to the forefront and to be a benchmark in the construction sector for its innovative and quality services. Some of the actions that are being carried out to meet these challenges include the development of tools for design and calculation assisted by expert systems of Artificial Intelligence and metaheuristics, and the autonomous calculation of structures by Multiphysical Finite Elements (FEM). The first tools allow finding the optimal design of a structure for a given architecture automatically and, the second, material savings of up to 25%.

As the technology manager in charge of materializing the challenges, my purpose is to add value to the company as soon as possible. For this, I consider it essential to have a professional, committed and motivated team that follows an agile methodology (SCRUM), that is productive taking advantage of free software whenever possible and that the entire infrastructure is based on the Cloud.

The agile methodology (SCRUM) allows us to respond quickly to the market and to the needs of our engineers, always seeking to maximize the value / effort ratio. From my experience, the methodology allows us not to lose focus and be very productive since we always keep biweekly demos in mind, which are very valuable to validate the work done and inspire engineers to modify or develop new functionalities. In addition, hindsight allows us to improve as a team and the quality of our processes. I am an enthusiast of SCRUM for the benefits it brings, but I have realized that, to make the most of it, it is essential to have the technology that gives comprehensive support both to the methodology itself (planning and monitoring of the tasks) and to the development (version control, integration and continuous deployment, different runtime environments).

Finally, the Cloud offers a variety of resources and services in a flexible and scalable way that until now were unimaginable and at a very reasonable price. This is ideal for both an experimentation and production environment, where large compute capacity and highly variable storage are required. In my opinion, investing in servers or managing your own databases is not a recommended practice in 99% of cases since it is very expensive and gives many headaches in terms of maintenance, security problems and let’s not talk about scalability. For this reason I am very proud to have set up an infrastructure based on microservices and deployed in the Cloud in CLERHP, which allows us to perform all the structure calculations and Artificial Intelligence inferences that we want, controlling the time and price factor at all times.

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