Airtificial is awarded two civil engineering contracts in Peru


Airtificial strengthens its position in civil engineering projects focused on sustainability and water resource management. The Inypsa CW Infrastructures business unit, with a strong presence in Latin America, has recently signed two agreements in Peru for civil engineering projects with a high social impact. The unit, which specializes in the management of water resources, among other civil infrastructures, has positioned itself in recent years as a benchmark engineering company in the Andean region after successfully completing projects to protect the river defenses of several rivers. These projects have been fundamental since, in previous rainy seasons, rivers have overflowed and flooded entire valleys, affecting the lives of thousands of people.

The first agreement, reached with OHLA, has a duration of six months, amounts to nearly €1 million and includes the constructive design of the integral solutions for the Aluvión ravine. This ravine is part of the Comprehensive Plan for flood control developed by the Authority for Reconstruction with Change (ARCC), the Peruvian Government entity in charge of leading and implementing the reconstruction of the infrastructure damaged and destroyed by the El Niño Coastal Phenomenon. This meteorological phenomenon periodically plagues the region, and with increasing intensity, due to the effects of climate change.

The design of the protection of these streams is vital to prevent them from being activated during the rainy season or by extreme environmental phenomena, such as El Niño or El Niño Costero. The presence of rainfall, steep slopes and sediment and rocks in the area causes the violent displacement of a large, fast-moving mass of mud and rocks. This situation can worsen if rivers overflow and endanger the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people living in the low-lying areas of the valleys.

This project consolidates the Infrastructures business unit as a benchmark engineering division for integrated watershed studies and flood protection, especially after the success of previous similar projects under the Peruvian government’s Comprehensive Plan for Reconstruction with Change. Airtificial is working on projects to protect the river defenses of the Lacramarca and Viru rivers and the Chicama river. On this occasion, cutting-edge study methodologies will be implemented to analyze the topography, hydrology, 2D hydraulic modelling, environmental impact and technical-economic optimization.

The second agreement, signed with the Peruvian government for €0.4 million, also has a duration of six months and includes the study of the current state of security of three dams. The project, launched by the governmental entity Autoridad Nacional del Agua (ANA), has been awarded to Airtificial’s business unit for its role as a world reference in this field. Airtificial’s business unit, for example, has recently worked on similar projects in several dams managed by the Guadiana Hydrographic Confederation.

The main objective of this new project is the technical inspection of three dams: Gallito Ciego, Tinajones and San Lorenzo. These dams have a capacity of 414 million m3, 294 million m3 and 196 million m3 respectively, which are used to irrigate arable areas and supply hydroelectric power stations. It should be noted in this project that the methodology to be used by Airtificial is based on risk analysis by means of the potential failure mode, a technique that is gaining ground in the field of dam safety as an evolution of the traditional studies based on standard design hypotheses.

After the technical inspection, a safety analysis will be carried out based on the analysis of potential failure modes, which will determine the main hypotheses that can produce different levels of damage to the dams. With the determination of the weak points in the operation of the dams, mitigating measures will be proposed to minimize or eliminate the levels of risk detected.

Finally, a vital part of the project is the transmission of knowledge and the sharing of the perspective of the different actors involved in the operation and maintenance of dams. This work will be carried out through workshops. In these workshops, Airtificial engineers will guide the talks and presentations. The objective is to obtain from the operators the necessary information to establish the concatenation of events that can generate a greater risk of damage to the dam in a credible and probable way.

Airtificial’s CEO, Guillermo Fernández de Peñaranda, welcomed the announcement as “these new awards reinforce the positioning of the Infrastructures business unit in a market and projects similar to those it has been working on in recent years. In addition, these are civil works projects with an important social and environmental component, as they seek to protect a significant percentage of the Andean population from the environmental problems that are worsening due to climate change”.

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