R&D and innovation are the very core of what Innotech does. First of all, we have strived to formalise the procedure through major projects, by improving our participation in Bouygues Construction projects, by addressing new means of financing these projects, and by working directly with scientists.
The second phase of the ‘Actitudes’ initiative has reorganised R&D and innovation at Bouygues Construction. Following the proposals of working groups that examined the group’s sustainable-construction strategy, a new structure has been created: RDI (Bouygues Construction R&D and Innovation), led by Christian Griffault, is charged with bringing the Group’s R&D alive, uniting the efforts of different entities, creating greater synergy between Bouygues Construction members, better integrating sustainable-construction initiatives into all aspects of the work done, and setting up structures similar to
Innotech in the various structures that already exist.
R&D and technical innovation are now managed by the Bouygues Construction RDI Committee made up of the various technical managers and RDI heads of the various entities. As Manager of Bouygues Bâtiment International’s own RDI
unit, I will be representing you in this new structure whose work will be based on three pillars:
First pillar: establishing collaboration agreements with industrial partners aimed at working in common on R&D projects, each partner in its own speciality, to create synergies and to pool results. Today this includes our special relations with Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, Lafarge, St Gobain, Philips, and Samsung.
Second pillar : relations and collaboration with research laboratories, publicsector research institutes and universities. This kind of joint effort is taking place already through shared projects such as Callisto-SARI, SIMBIO, and the Sustainable Construction teaching and research chair. But it also involves presentations/conferences or lectures that members of Bouygues Bâtiment International give in CEA, CSTB, CNRS and in engineering schools and universities, including École Centrale Paris, Ponts et Chaussées Paris Tech, Arts et Métiers Paris Tech, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, ESTP, HEC, and Supélec.
Third pillar : development and effective implementation of the R&D and innovations implemented on jobsites and by specialist units. This aspect is both the most important and the most difficult to carry out.
A feature of Bouygues Bâtiment International is that instead of organising innovation contests every year or every other year, together with General Management of Bouygues Bâtiment International we have set up a budget to help finance your innovation ideas throughout the year. All you have to do is submit your ideas to Innotech by filling in a project datasheet outlining your objectives, the preparation time, the estimated cost of the work required, external costs, and the technical backup you might require. Once your project has been validated, together we will find a trial zone and allocate you the resources. At the same time, and depending on the type of project you propose, I transfer the information to the Bouygues Construction RDI committee to get additional support.
All in all, this more ‘professional’ RDI approach is bound to very rapidly gain in efficiency and change our business on a daily basis.
par : trino beltran
- Offered by : Magdalena PYSZKOWSKA