“Throughout my thesis, I had the opportunity to discuss a great deal with the experts and engineers at Tunnel Lab, the Tunnel department and the Methods and Prices department about the technical challenges relating to the subject. It’s important to stay connected to the reality of the “trade”. A thesis is not about making progress in research for research’s sake but about using research to provide concrete responses to what is needed on the ground.”
Construction 4.0 Chair doctoral student
“We have looked at the initial results of the field study by applying it to a few neighbourhoods during the design stage (La Maillerie, La Chocolaterie, Les Fabriques), and we’re very optimistic about the next phase.”
Deputy Managing Director Linkcity France Urban projects, about the MixCity study
Construction 4.0 Chair with Central Lille
A five-year partnership
More than thirty researchers, doctoral students, postdoctoral students, interns and student engineers
Did you know?
A remote-controlled crane prototype has been designed and tested at Ecole Centrale de Lille. Functional on a laboratory scale, it has provided the basis for the development of ideas with Bouygues Construction R&D on applying it to the real world.
Construction 4.0 Chair
With the Construction 4.0 Chair, Bouygues Construction R&D is exploring 3D printing systems as well as printable concrete by developing its own expertise in the process for the carrying, laying and casting of concrete.
Testing out a combination of wood and concrete
An increasing number of projects carried out as partnerships are centred around wood. The collaboration with Navier and IFFSTAR has resulted in a composite wood-concrete floor slab solution that uses adhesion rather than mechanical connection. A demonstration of the floor, intended primarily for tertiary buildings, has been set up at a construction site in Angers. The École Supérieure du Bois de Nantes is also a preferred partner for testing prototypes, and with its support effective wooden facades are now being tested for fire resistance.