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An urban lab initiative in Valdebebas
Research Agreement between Valdebebas Management Board and the Polytechnic University of Madrid

Research Agreement between Valdebebas Management Board and the Polytechnic University of Madrid

On November 10th a framework agreement was signed between the Valdebebas Management Board (Junta de Compensación de Valdebebas) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM) to facilitate collaboration between both institutions relating to scientific and technical support. The initiative was promoted by Evergreen Paisajismo, and enthusiastically supported by Valdebebas in order to highlight the environmental measures designed by the landscape team (formerly SC Paisajismo), and very notably the sophisticated irrigation system implanted in Valdebebas, perhaps one of the most complete nationally, that allows the irrigation control of the district parks, from a single central computer connected to a weather station.

Thursday, 17 de November de 2016

Luis Ricote, Head of the School of Agronomic Engineers, in name of the Polytechnic President, headed the group that attended the event from the University. On behalf of Valdebebas the document was signed by the CEO of Valdebebas, Jorge Serrano.

This public-private initiative begins with a first project conducted by the Department of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Irrigation of the School of Agronomy, to carry out a study comparing the Smart City irrigation system installed in Valdebebas, with other more traditional irrigation methods.

An experimental test area has been created next to the offices of the Management Board, where comparison of the different types of underground drip irrigation used on the project will be compared. Optic fiber will allow a mapping of water moving in the soil to give better information on efficiency and variables to be taken account in future landscaping projects, as well as quantifying the savings in water compared to aerial irrigation and surface drip irrigation, the standard in Madrid.

The infrastructure for the test area was sponsored by the construction company Sacyr, as well as Valoriza, the environmental services company of the group, now in process of building an important part of the Valdebebas Central Park. These two companies were also responsible for building one of the sectors of the Valdebebas district and have had a relevant role in Valdebebas since its creation. Valoriza was also the maintenance company of the urban parks up to the reception by the city of Madrid, at the end of 2014.