Press releases

26 March 2018

 

Egis awarded two autonomous vehicle projects in Dubai and the USA

Egis has just signed two contracts for autonomous vehicle projects: a project in Dubai on the artificial island Bluewaters, and a project in the US city of Jacksonville, Florida.


 

In response to the emergence of new challenges in mobility, many engineers, designers and automakers have set about developing new and sometimes revolutionary projects to change the way we get around. Among these projects, autonomous vehicles stand out as a significant breakthrough. To develop these solutions, highly advanced research in infrastructure engineering and mobile robotics is being conducted in countries around the world.

 

09 March 2018

 

Belgocontrol awards Egis three-year framework to support strategic transformation

Belgocontrol, the Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) for Belgium, has awarded an Egis consortium a multi-lot framework contract to support its strategic, operational and technical transformation over the next three years.

Belgocontrol selected Egis because of their wide range of skills, including the recognised expertise of its aviation business unit in consultancy (Helios), engineering and design (Egis Avia) and building services (Egis Bâtiments). The consortium also includes IT support from ATOS and The Digital Journey.


 

 

20 February 2018

 

A global digital model to accelerate railway engineering projects

Egis and CEA are developing new solutions for engineering public and rail transportation. The implementation of a project management tool named “Exegis” is planned for the end of 2018. Adapted to the management of major facilities, such as the installation of a new metro line, it will be the interface between the numerous management tools that are frequently used in order to provide an overall digital model of the project.


 

In light of the implementation of new urban transportation (tram, metro etc.), the management of the project requires a combined observation of the numerous implementation constraints imposed by the terrain and its development, by the service goals and the functional expectations (passenger regularity, information on travellers and on the driver…), as well as by the regulatory and normative frameworks that must be observed. All these constraints represent the project requirements (see the box) that govern the project planning and management from its design to the implementation of the service.

 

13 February 2018

 

Egis acquires OCACSA, the leading independent highway operator in Mexico

In a move to reinforce its worldwide leadership in highway infrastructure operation and maintenance, Egis announces the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the Mexican company Operación y Conservación de Autopistas Concesionadas (OCACSA), specialising in the operation of road infrastructure equipped with tolling systems.


 

 

12 February 2018

 

Egis awarded Bangkok Pink Line Monorail contract

Egis has just registered a new success in Thailand with the signature of a contract for the Bangkok metro’s “Pink Line” as Project Consultant with its local partner Team Consult.



The Pink Line, the country’s first monorail project, has been planned as part of the “Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan” (M-MAP), an extensive programme to develop the public transport network in the Bangkok metropolitan region. Stretching 34.5 km, the future line will run between the north-western province of Nonthaburi and Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. Its 42 trains will reach a maximum commercial speed of 80 km/h and carry more than 28,000 passengers per hour per direction, this improving the everyday journeys of more than 400,000 people.


 

 

06 November 2017

 

10 DESIGN Architects joins Egis Group

On 31st October 2017, Hong Kong based architectural firm, 10 DESIGN, joined Egis to form an integrated design group with a global capability.


 

Egis and 10 DESIGN made the following joint statement: "Both firms are delighted to announce Egis’ investment of a majority interest in 10 DESIGN. The complimentary geographic footprints and design skills of each firm provide an incredible platform for multiskill collaboration.

Thomas Salvant, Executive Director - Buildings at Egis says: "Egis has been looking into expansion of building design activities in South East Asia for some time.  The strategic partnership with 10 DESIGN presents a great opportunity to enrich Egis’ services to include high value added architectural design."

David Pringle, CEO at 10 DESIGN, adds: “Having established a strong reputation for design in Asia and MENA, working in Europe was always 10 DESIGN’s next big step. Egis offers us a significant opportunity to do so, and the Partners at 10 DESIGN are very excited about our future collaboration.’’

How did this investment come about?

Egis initially approached 10 DESIGN seeking a strategic design partner in Asia.  As discussions about design philosophy and synergies developed, it became clear that there were greater opportunities in joining together.

How will the leadership structure change?

The current business structure which has allowed I0 DESIGN to become a successful architecture firm will be preserved. The leadership will remain unchanged and will be linked to the larger Egis Group by a board dedicated to strategic synergies.

How will the investment impact the existing clientele in Asia, in particular China?

10 DESIGN’s business will remain unchanged in China and across Asia, with our complete focus on delivering design closely with our clients.

Does this partnership imply an exclusive tender relationship for future project opportunities with other architects/engineers?

Both firms plan to maintain relationships with our respective strategic partner consultants in the various locations and to combine skills in opportunities where they are appropriate and geographically relevant.

Visit the website of 10 DESIGN http://www.10design.co

 

24 October 2017

 

2017 French National Engineering Awards Alain Baudry and the ENGAGE consortium team receive the Industry and Technology Prize for the ITER project

Supported by the ENGAGE consortium (Egis / Assystem / Atkins / Empresarios Agrupados), Alain Baudry and the ENGAGE team have won the Industry and Technology Prize for the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project. Launched several years ago in Cadarache in the south of France, the ITER experimental project aims to create a new type of power station functioning on nuclear fusion. In terms of its scale, this project is considered to be the most ambitious energy project in the world.


 

The ENGAGE consortium is tasked from 2011 to 2018 with a project management consultancy mission and the engineering, procurement and construction management across in all specialities for the construction of the entire site. Their joint efforts have today been rewarded by the prestigious Industry and Technology Prize in the 2017 French National Engineering Awards (GPNI).

A worldwide cooperation project to test nuclear fusion

The ITER project consists of recreating on Earth - and in a controlled environment - the fusion reaction of hydrogen atoms, in the same way as it occurs in the centre of the sun and stars. The programme was designed to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of this process. Research into fusion could constitute a sustainable alternative to all current forms of energy generation, by developing a safe, inexhaustible and environmentally friendly source of energy.

The largest experimental fusion facility ever built, ITER is also the first global cooperative project of its kind. Europe contributes to nearly half of the construction cost of the machine, and the other six members of this international partnership (China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States) all contribute in equal parts to the remainder.

An exceptional project for outstanding challenges

ENGAGE is committed to a constantly creative approach to fulfil the challenges thrown down by the ITER project: in addition to the technical specificities of the project, the operation's volume and the level of safety and reliability, aligned on the very highest standards, are elements which have led the consortium to develop prolific expertise in all the areas of its engineering mission.

The programme consists of building the platform's infrastructure spanning half a hectare, created by the European agency F4E (Fusion for Energy), representing around forty industrial buildings, and two nuclear buildings: one to accommodate the Tokamak (an experimental reactor 30 metres in height and weighing 25,000 tonnes) and the other a plant for the preparation and reprocessing of a hydrogen isotope, tritium.

These buildings must house a large number of facilities and processes, and must additionally be scaled to resist an entire series of accident scenarios: earthquakes, leaks in the cooling circuit, loss of vacuum in the Tokamak, etc. The programme therefore essentially contains security requirements (approximately 300 for nuclear buildings at the beginning).

Furthermore, nuclear fusion reconciles energy generation and sustainable development (no highly radioactive nuclear waste, inexhaustible fuel, possibility of immediate emergency cut-off). In view of such a challenge, the design and construction was duty bound to incorporate sustainability as an input data for the project, according to three conditions: protect the environment, promote social cohesion and promote a responsible economy.

The first structures rise up from the ground

The project is currently in construction phase of the infrastructure and buildings. Three floors out of eight have so far been built on the central Tokamak building.  Four auxiliary buildings are watertight in which technical building and fitting works have started. The other auxiliary buildings are still in their structural works phase.

With regard to infrastructure, the first high-voltage (400 kV) substation has been delivered. Some of the platform's developed zones will soon be handed over to ITER in time for the arrival of the process assembly teams.

In all, approximately 1,800 people work on this highly complex and dense work site, always complying with rigorous timeframes and quality and safety standards.

An array of technology and innovation

The essential originality of this project lies in the digital model under "3D as master", coordinated and managed by ENGAGE for the building part, to guarantee the convergence of the building and process concepts, configure input data, identify and resolve interfaces and control modifications.

The management of the security requirements of the buildings was developed by ENGAGE on a database to enable the tracking of requirements, their versions and the way they have been addressed by the different designers and builders.

Managing the configuration of all of the contributors additionally required the implementation of a dedicated base to deal with the very high volume of modifications (one per day on average) of variable size, and constantly affecting the design and construction master plan.

ENGAGE deployed a common database for all project contributors which guarantees the consistency of document use in terms of recording, tracking, distribution and changes. Considering the sizeable volume of information and queries (1.87 TB of documents stored, 70,000 connections a month, 10,000 documents published per month), ENGAGE contributed to the development of version 4 of SGTI (an Egis shared construction project management solution) and introduced specific utilisation processes and the required efficient validation circuits (further information at www.sgti4.fr).

The French National Engineering Awards are organised by Syntec Ingénierie, the national engineering trade association, in partnership with the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the Ministry of Economy and Finance's directorate general for enterprise (DGE), and in association with Le Moniteur group.

Photos: ITER

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13 October 2017

 

Saudi Arabia : supporting operational readiness of Saudia and Flyadeal airlines in the new Jeddah Airport terminal

Egis was attributed a contract to provide assistance to Saudia airline and its subsidiary Flyadeal in transitioning to their new facilities at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. This is indeed a complex shift with operational efficiency as major target.


 

New facilities at a new terminal

King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah has recently been undergoing major works that will initially expand the airport capacity from 13 to 30 million annual passengers. KAIA’s expansion is a huge and complex project that will be conducted in 3 phases until 2035, with a final target capacity of 80 million annual passengers.

In 2018, the planned opening of a new terminal with 46 gates for international and domestic flights will clearly impact and improve how airlines work and operate to and from the airport. In order to prepare Saudia and Flyadeal for operational readiness and transfer (ORAT) at the new terminal and to ensure that the move is managed successfully, Egis will support the two airlines through specific consultancy services, from project planning through to post-opening support.

Managing a successful transition

The scope of works includes a gap analysis and assessment of Saudia’s current status in relation to requirements and readiness within the new terminal that includes people, processes, and IT; an assessment of Saudia and Flyadeal business strategy in relation to the facilities; planning assistance for operation readiness including training, familiarisation, testing and trials; and support through the post-opening period.

In order to achieve a successful and smooth transfer to the new terminal, Egis will work closely with Saudia’s Project Management Office (PMO). Also, this will require coordination with many stakeholders at the airport, including the Civil Aviation Authority (GACA), the airport operator (Changi Airport Group), the contractor (Saudi Bin Laden Group), the construction manager (Dar-Al-Handasah), Saudia subsidiaries, and government agencies involved such as immigration or Customs.

We are particularly honoured to provide our support to Saudia and Flyadeal in this complex and challenging project. Our team will make sure to closely assist Saudia and Flyadeal to meet their expectations until operations at the new terminal run like business as usual” says Egis Aviation Middle East Director Jacques Khoriaty.

A global approach with strong operational expertise

Egis is recognised internationally for its airport consulting and engineering capabilities. This expertise is also backed by the strength of a 17 airports network across the globe. As an investor and airport operator Egis has the capacity to bring added-value in airport operation, development and management as well. Building on this unique blend of expertise Egis focuses on operational performance in every project.

 

18 September 2017

 

Egis wins its first semi-high-speed project in India

Egis has just won a contract to design the viaducts on the Delhi Meerut railway corridor (Delhi NCR region) in India. This major project, scheduled to last two years, is considered a genuine priority by the Indian government. It will substantially reduce journey times between Delhi and Meerut, and stimulate economic growth in the region.

 

A semi-high-speed project

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) was founded in 2013 to oversee the construction of eight rail corridors (or RRTS: rapid rail transit systems) in the Delhi region. Among these eight corridors, the priority was placed on Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Alwar and Delhi-Panipat.

The Delhi-Meerut RRTS will be approximately 90 km in length, 30 km of which underground and 60 km elevated. This corridor will allow commercial speeds of up to 160 km/h, and is thus the first semi-high-speed contract in India in which Egis is involved. The contract was awarded to a consortium formed by Egis and the Spanish engineering firm Ineco, for a duration of two years.

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Egis tasked with several assignments within the project

The consortium will be working on the detailed design stage, following the preparation of the Detail Project Report by Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit Systems (DIMTS).

The main assignments to be carried out by the consortium are as follows:

  • The definition of technical parameters (SOD) for entire corridor of Delhi Merut  RRTS (rapid rail transit systems): gauge, tunnel dimensions, track structure, validation of traction power supply system, etc.;
  • Detail Design studies of 16 km of elevated viaduct, including foundations and superstructure, etc;
  • Preparation of tender documents;
  • Supervision of Geotechnical surveys;
  • Support during construction;

Egis is the lead contractor in the consortium and, in addition to the technical assignments divided up between the two partners, will be responsible for the general coordination and administration of the contract.

This contract constitutes an important opportunity for Egis, offering the group a foothold on the extremely promising market of Indian high speed, also allowing us to develop and diversify our transportation activities in this country.

This new project also consolidates our design production assets in the Delhi NCR region and acknowledges our active presence stretching back more than 20 years in this country, the Group's second most important country in terms of workforce, with 1,800 employees and many projects in the areas of railways, highways, buildings, ports and smart cities.

 

13 September 2017

 

Made for Sharing - Egis and Populous’ bid for Olympic and Paralympic venues secures IOC approval for 2024 Games

Ambitious plans to transform Paris into an Olympic Park for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games were officially approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today when it (IOC) named the French capital as the host of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

 

Egis and Populous, the International sports and entertainment design practice, were chosen in 2016 to collaborate on the Paris 2024 bid and have provided the necessary technical expertise and assistance required to develop plans for no fewer than 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues spread across Paris.

The winning concept of Paris as an Olympic Park will see Olympic and Paralympic events take place against the spectacular backdrop of Paris’ historic buildings, streets and landmarks including the, Champs Elysees and River Seine as well as beach volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The Games will build on the history and identity of Paris, as well its experience in hosting the climax of the world-renown Tour de France, to create an unforgettable experience.

The architectural design for both new and temporary venues and facilities will seek to shape and integrate sporting spectacles in the city’s urban landscape whist supporting Paris 2024’s commitment to be the most sustainable Games ever.

As part of the bid, Populous and Egis has worked in association with ISC, a sport and culture consulting agency on plans to ensure the existing venues are ready for the scale and needs of Olympic and Paralympic events.

Populous’ involvement with Paris 2024 takes its overall major events experience to 13 Olympic and 7 Paralympic Games including Sydney 2000, London 2012, and Rio 2016. Populous is also the only firm to have designed 3 main Olympic stadiums. It advises on the full design and delivery spectrum, from assisting bid teams with submissions, helping masterplan the major venues and facilities, to the design of the main stadium and hundreds of temporary venues needed to support modern Games.

Populous Senior Principal Ben Vickery said, “We are proud to have played a part in the successful Paris 2024 bid.   Bringing people together to enjoy an unforgettable experience is the overriding ambition of Populous in all that we do and is at the heart of the Paris 2024 vision. The city of Paris will be a magnificent Olympic Park and transforming some of the world’s most beautiful and historic sites into temporary stunning stages for sport will provide unforgettable images around the globe.”

Populous Principal Francois Clement said, “Paris is one of the leading cities of the C40 focusing on tackling climate change while improving the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Paris 2024 will share with the world an unforgettable and emotional Olympic and Paralympic Games anchored in the core values and ideals of the IOC. Populous was delighted to be part of the team turning Paris into an elegant and connected Olympic Park ever delivering stunning venues in one of the most prestigious World Heritage site. Under Agenda 2020, Paris 2024 shares the rings of success with LA 2028 for a better Olympics and Paralympics Games in a better world.”

Egis's experience in sporting venues includes its contributions to major projects such as the construction or renovation of most of the host stadiums used during the 2016 UEFA European Championship: the Matmut-Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, and the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille. Outside France, Egis is also involved in several other sports facilities such as the “Stade du 5-Juillet” and the Baraki stadium in Algiers, Algeria; the Olympic stadium in Istanbul, Turkey; stadiums in Marrakech and Tangiers in Morocco, and a stadium in the Middle East.

Nicolas Jachiet, Egis Chairman and CEO said, “Our Group is proud to have taken part in this Olympic and Paralympic Bid adventure. Our consulting teams have contributed all their expertise, their anticipation capabilities in technical and organizational issues and their project management know-how to help to bring the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics to Paris. Egis is an international group with extensive and long-standing experience in designing major sports complexes and sports events. Thanks to the multiplicity of its skills and its cross specialization processes, Egis is now recognized as a major player in the engineering of stadiums and the organization of major events.”

Diogo Taddei, from Egis, who supervised the work of the consortium, said “Our mission was to understand how each sport and discipline could best function in existing venues, new buildings when required as legacy and temporary modular sites, identifying the best option in each case. One of the biggest challenges was to transform illustrious Parisian monuments into sports venues, adapting them to the requirements of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

 

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