In collaboration with FCC, IHCantabria developed an operational system that helped to build the Port of Açu, the largest in Latin America. This system was designed specifically for the specialized methods and construction techniques of FCC, which streamlined costs and increased safety at the site. The system generates specific daily work reports for transporting caissons from Rio de Janeiro to Açu, for constructing and anchoring the caissons and for building the cap block.
As an extension of this work, from 2014 to 2017, in collaboration with FCC, a methodology was developed to optimize the life cycle of concrete caissons, a highly competitive construction technique for building ports and protective structures. The result is a powerful numerical tool for modeling how floating concrete caissons behave at sea during the grouping, transport and anchoring phases. This tool has been calibrated and validated using the results of the laboratory campaign and the data extracted from field monitoring. This tool has excellent potential applications, not only for evaluating construction projects, but also for opening new technology markets and horizons by identifying operational and safety thresholds.