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Mota-Engil ATIV participates in CongrEGA – 1st National Congress of Engineering and Asset Management

The Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (ISEC) promoted and hosted the first edition of CongrEGA – National Congress of Engineering and Asset Management, aimed at sharing knowledge developed with industrial groups to reduce environmental impacts and, through reuse, increase the competitiveness of products in the market.

CongrEGA 2022 aims to contribute to consolidating and systematizing the body of technical and scientific knowledge in the field of Engineering and Asset Management with a cross-sectoral approach to all activity sectors, aiming to bring companies, universities, and research centers closer through knowledge transfer.

In this context, Mota-Engil ATIV was one of the entities invited to present a case study and was represented by Susana Moreda from the Maintenance Management Department. She addressed the topics “Lifecycle Management of Assets and Carbon Emission Reduction” and “Legal Obligations in Building Maintenance Management.”

Susana Moreda, Director of Maintenance Management at Mota-Engil ATIV

In the current context, organizations have been prioritizing sustainability as a key commitment regarding the generation of value from physical assets. Considering the carbon neutrality targets by 2050, this places greater pressure on the efficient lifecycle management of assets.

Based on a case study that focused on analyzing the lifecycle of the main technical systems and equipment of a large 16-year-old performance building (554 assets assessed by a team of specialized technicians), the objective was to evaluate the impact of lifecycle management options on the carbon emission profile and their contribution to a more sustainable operation.

A climate control system installed in an iconic performance center was selected, which is critical to the building’s proper functioning and the comfort of its users. The impact of lifecycle management options on reducing carbon emissions was isolated and analyzed.

After analyzing the simulation results, it was found that the proposed solution resulted in a significant annual savings for the facility, also reflecting a substantial reduction in its carbon footprint (28%).

The study was developed by Ana Catarina Gonçalves from the Energy Coordination Department, Susana Moreda from the Maintenance Management Department, and Tiago Fernandes from the Specialized Services Division.

Regarding the topic “Legal Obligations in Building Maintenance Management” and the constant need to fulfill routines/tasks, verifications, inspections, and tests, which constitute a set of “legal obligations,” compliance with these obligations should be integrated into asset management, particularly through maintenance software. This integration helps avoid non-compliance with legal obligations and consequent fines.

These obligations are reflected in legal instruments (Technical Guides, Orders, Ordinances, Laws, Regulatory Decrees, Decree-Laws, and EU Regulations, with direct application to national legislation), all of which are mandatory..

In the course of its activities, Mota-Engil ATIV, through its various departments, constantly coordinates to analyze legislation to ensure compliance with all these legal obligations, impacting asset management activities.