VINCI Construction companies implement an innovation policy focused on meeting the expectations of their markets and optimising the solutions they offer their customers. It includes design methods, construction techniques and exclusive products and processes such as those devised by the specialised civil engineering business activities. At the end of 2012, VINCI Construction's innovations were covered by 1,625 active patents.
VINCI Construction companies also take part in research programmes bringing together their own teams, their partner networks and PhD candidates working within the Group. Current research topics include concrete durability performance analysis (French PERFDUB project); concrete cracking in large components (French CEOS.FR project); and eco-concrete (formulated with low CO2 emissions).
The VINCI Group also encourages operational innovation in all areas (technology, safety, sustainable development and working conditions) via the VINCI Innovation Awards competition held every two years and open to all employees. The awards foster the dissemination of innovations throughout the Group. For example, Escalib, a safe and functional worksite staircase developed by Campenon Bernard Régions (VINCI Construction France) won the Rhône-Alpes region Dissemination prize in the 2011 competition.