El principal objectiu del GRIC ha estat des de sempre la millora dels processos productius de les empreses del sector de la construcció i dels sistemes constructius en totes les seves vessants, tant amb la introducció de nous processos i nous materials, com amb la introducció de millores mediambientals, organitzatives, qualitatives i formatives, amb l'objectiu de potenciar els seus avantatges competitius.
Aquesta millora inclou també els aspectes organitzatius i formals necessaris per a realitzar una correcta gestió del coneixement en els projectes, les empreses i les organitzacions vinculades al món de la construcció en general, considerant tot el cicle de vida dels projectes constructius, des del disseny i l'execució, passant pel manteniment i fins al desmantellament dels edificis.
Les línies de recerca més importants del grup son:
La millora de l¿ficiència energètica en les edificacions, sobretot a partir de l¿plicació de millores i tècniques de baix cost i poc invasives.
El desenvolupament de solucions tecnològiques per la gestió del patrimoni construït.
La millora del comportament mediambiental de les obres i les edificacions.

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El objetivo principal del grupo de investigación es la mejora de los procesos productivos de las empresas del sector de la construcción y de sus sistemas constructivos, en todas sus vertientes, incluyendo nuevos procesos, nuevos materiales, y asimismo y especialmente las mejoras organizativas, cualitativas, medioambientales, educacionales..., necesarias. Estas mejoras deben incluir también todos los aspectos organizacionales y formales necesarios para realizar una correcta gestión del conocimiento en los proyectos, las empresas y las organizaciones vinculadas con el mundo de la construcción en general.

http://futur.upc.edu/GRIC

The Group of Construction Research and Innovation (GRIC) conducts interdisciplinary research to improve the productive processes of the construction sector companies and their constructive processes in all their areas such as organizational, qualitative, environmental, educational, communication, management, etc. The GRIC's emphasis is on developing innovate solutions to the state-of-the-art technologies throughout the project life cycle from design to construction, and from operations to maintance and decommissioning. Research is focused in the following three major domains: construction management, management of technology and human resources management.

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Recent Submissions

  • Monitoring of shear cracking in partially prestressed concrete beams by distributed optical fiber sensors 

    Rodríguez, Gerardo; Casas Rius, Joan Ramon; Villalba Herrero, Sergi; Barrias, Antonio Jose de Sousa (CRC Press Taylor, 2016)
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    In the present paper, a novel technique is used to monitor shear crack patterns in Partially Prestressed Concrete (PPC) beams. The proposed technique is based on experimental data obtained in two PPC beams tested in ...
  • Adoption of web databases for document management in SMEs of the construction sector in Spain 

    Forcada Matheu, Núria; Casals Casanova, Miquel; Roca Ramon, Xavier; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta (2007-07)
    Article
    Open Access
    This paper presents a web-based tool designed to improve internal and external document management for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector. For each ...
  • Assessment of construction defects in residential buildings in Spain 

    Forcada Matheu, Núria; Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta; Casals Casanova, Miquel (2014-06-11)
    Article
    Open Access
    The building industry is noted for its repeated building defects causing cost increases and time delays during construction. In Spain, despite the Ley de Ordenación de la Edificación (Building Regulation Act), which ...
  • Rework in highway projects 

    Forcada Matheu, Núria; Rusinyol Vellvehí, Gerard; Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Love, Peter E.D. (2014-07-04)
    Article
    Open Access
    There is limited systematic knowledge available about the dynamics of rework in highway projects, despite the fact that they frequently exceed budget and schedule by more than 10%. A case study of a Spanish highway project, ...
  • Reducing lighting electricity use in underground metro stations 

    Casals, Miguel; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta; Forcada Matheu, Núria; Macarulla Martí, Marcel (2016-07-01)
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    Lighting systems are usually one of the largest electrical end-uses in underground metro stations. Taking into account that budget restrictions in publicly owned companies hinder energy efficiency retrofit projects that ...
  • New structural joint by rebar looping applied to staged box girder bridge construction: static tests 

    Villalba Herrero, Sergi; Casas Rius, Joan Ramon (2016-04)
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    This paper shows the design, development and experimental checking of a modified type of structural joint with limited length between concrete segments cast “in-situ”. The design concept is based on the development length ...
  • Energy performance assessment of an intelligent energy management system 

    Gangolells Solanellas, Marta; Casals Casanova, Miquel; Forcada Matheu, Núria; Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Giretti, Alberto (2016-03-01)
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    Although energy management systems are expected to result in decreased energy consumption, it is important not to overlook the energy used until commissioning (including raw materials acquisition, manufacturing and ...
  • SEAM4US: an intelligent energy management system for underground stations 

    Casals Casanova, Miquel; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta; Forcada Matheu, Núria; Macarulla Martí, Marcel; Giretti, Alberto; Vaccarini, M. (2016-03-15)
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    Several previous research initiatives have highlighted the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as key enablers for decreasing energy usage in buildings. However, few advances have been achieved in ...
  • A review of distributed optical fiber sensors for civil engineering applications 

    Barrias, Antonio Jose de Sousa; Casas Rius, Joan Ramon; Villalba Herrero, Sergi (2016-05)
    Article
    Open Access
    The application of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems to civil engineering structures has been a developing studied and practiced topic, that has allowed for a better understanding of structures’ conditions and ...
  • Classifying system for façades and anomalies 

    Gaspar Fàbregas, Kàtia; Casals Casanova, Miquel; Gangolells Solanellas, Marta (2016-02)
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    Open Access
    Façades play an important role in buildings’ energy demand, and their state of conservation obviously influences thermal performance. The energy performance gap in existing residential buildings due to façade conservation ...

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