R&D and Innovation Policy
In the realm of its project assignments, internal programmes and collaborative projects, Artelia deploys a considerable effort to research and innovation.
The expenditure on R&D exceeds 3% of the Group’s total fees.
This sustained investment enables us to continuously improve the efficiency of our methods and the quality of the solutions we offer our clients, while optimising the cost of our services.
A determined policy
600 Artelia staff members are involved in more than 180 “LABS”: groups of engineers and technicians who join together to work on a research project.
Examples include: a test bench for the Lille Metro (winner of the 2016 national award for industrial projects), use of the IOT to manage energy performance on behalf of an international hotel group, design of an arch dam made of RCC (roller-compacted concrete) in Lebanon, optimisation of deliveries to work sites via the GELITRA platform – winner of the call for projects by Société du Grand Paris, use of BIM to operate large buildings, and the H2020 EU CIRCLE pan-European R&D project on strengthening the resilience of critical infrastructure to climate change.
Nearly 30 strategic research projects are currently being self-financed by the Group.
Artelia is taking part in collaborative research projects both in France (for the French National Research Agency, regional research clusters, French ministries, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, regional authorities) and internationally (the European Union), in partnership with public organisations, construction companies, industrial firms, and local and regional authorities.
Examples include: HYDROFLUV and 3DMMTA on river current turbines, IREX / EMACOP on marine renewable energy, OSS-CYANO on monitoring the quality of continental aquatic ecosystems and the use of drones to detect cyanobacteria blooms, PEARL on coastal flooding risks, and REFRINDD on the sustainable redevelopment of brownfield sites.
The royalties from a dozen patents, licences and the associated trademarks relating to key technologies are reinvested in the Group’s research efforts, which are also boosted by the French research tax credit.
Our testing laboratories give us a unique standing in the water, environment, and land and marine infrastructure sectors.
Artelia’s engineers frequently take part in research governance bodies, organise scientific seminars and conferences in their fields of expertise, and are called on to coordinate and assess research programmes and projects in their sectors.
Artelia employees authored or co-authored 45 publications and papers in the framework of scientific events during 2016.
Several of our colleagues provide training in their technical speciality at universities and engineering schools.
Each of the group’s three activity sectors, Water & Environment, Building Construction & Industrial Facilities, and Urban Development & Transportation, as well as its network of international subsidiaries, has an R&D – Innovation Department, which is coordinated by a steering committee and one of the Group’s vice presidents. Its task is to organise the efforts of the 180 “LABS”, define strategic priorities, and promote the research advances made among clients, partners and employees.