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This interview was conducted by David Escobar (iAgua's partner) for 25th iAgua Magazine. You can find the original interview here.

In May 2018, the Board of Directors of the INCLAM Group appointed Alfonso Andrés Urrutia Director General. The nomination entails assuming the leadership of an engineering group to continue the legacy of one of the most important Spanish engineers in the past decades in the field of hydraulics, his father.

Alfonso Andrés takes over the reins of a group that has been constantly growing since it was created, that has been able to face the economic crisis better than many, diversifying the markets where it does business, daring to step into new geographical areas, and with a commitment to technology which is not common among Spanish engineering firms.

After more than one year as Director General, Andrés looks at the future proudly, to continue working towards consolidating the INCLAM Group as an international leader in the field of engineering and consulting. We talked with him in the Madrid office of the Botín Foundation.

Question: Mr Andrés, your professional career has been linked to the INCLAM Group from the very beginning. Can you tell us about the company's evolution since you joined it until you became Director General?

Answer: Indeed, my career has always been linked to the INCLAM Group, and that has allowed me to try different positions, a very rewarding experience: from technician in project production, to director in a production division, to market lead. Before I joined the Group, it was already doing business nationally and internationally, although most of the work was done nationally at the time. In these more than 12 years, the word that would best describe the Group is 'growth', because from a company with a turnover under 10 million euros and a couple of international markets, we have become a company with a turnover of 77 million euros, with a stable and continuous presence in more than 13 countries in four continents.

During these years, not only did the Group's turnover increase, we also grew in terms of diversification of markets and products, deciding to foster Spanish engineering and technology in all our areas of activity, even developing software systems based on artificial intelligence and implementing them in a country like Germany, which is very demanding concerning technology.

Throughout my career path in the Group, in different positions, I can identify certain milestones in the company's trajectory, which anyone involved with the Group who has followed its evolution would know about. For instance, the implementation of Decision Support Systems to deal with floods in the Ebro basin, and the development of methodologies and projects in the field of flood prevention studies, even developing a bi-dimensional simulation model to calculate high flows.

Other milestones are becoming part of the Spanish Alternative Equity Market (Mercado Alternativo Bursátil, MAB) in 2015, the construction, installation and maintenance projects for water supply systems in indigenous communities of the Peruvian Amazon region, and the awarding of large consulting projects in the Philippines, as well as constant innovation and research on software systems for water management using state-of-the-art technologies.

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Q: What are your objectives as the Group's Director General?

A: When you have the honour of representing a Group such as INCLAM and you consider the objectives you want to achieve as Director General, two main lines of objectives come up, to be addressed and balanced: business objectives and personal objectives. The personal objectives do not involve me as an individual, but everyone that makes the INCLAM Group possible, from clients and company staff, to those that benefit from projects, directly and indirectly.

Within those personal objectives, and taking into account the Group's trajectory, it is more of a challenge: I would like to at least provide the same personal service and attention that we have been providing for more than 30 years to our clients and our team.

In terms of business objectives, I focus on the Group's growth and the consolidation of the business and markets where we work. In this regard, we are aware that we have to attain a well-balanced portfolio in all markets and all production divisions, so that our great diversification becomes a strength. This involves applying the mechanisms that have worked well in the Group, and that allowed us to overcome with positive growth the period of economic crisis that Spain and the sector experienced about a decade ago.

The growth in terms of business lines involves enhancing and exporting the activities we do in one market to the rest of markets where those activities are not present, as well as creating new lines of business. Lines the Group has been investing in over the past few years and which should become more important in the income statement for the years 2020-2025, such as those related to technological products, or the development of public-private partnership projects in the water sector.

Q: In 2016, the company became part of the Spanish Alternative Equity Market (MAB), and a few months later it was nominated by the European Commission as the best Spanish listed SME. What has been your experience so far?

A: The experience with the MAB has been overall very positive, not only because of the nomination, which recognises our effort and our work, but also because of the process in itself, from our listing until today. The road travelled has been and continues to be rewarding.

From the moment that the INCLAM Group considered the possibility of searching for a financing alternative to enable it to realise its growth plans, the MAB was a good option to fulfil the objectives that we had set in 2015.

Our listing in the MAB entailed preparing and presenting a huge amount of information about the Group. This transparency exercise involved many people and served to organise things and improve processes and mechanisms, leading to enhanced management and professionalisation. Without a doubt, the work is worthwhile and it enables you to grow in a more orderly fashion, as we were able to do.

At the INCLAM Group we know well the potential of the MAB, which in Spain will reach 100% whenever we can compare ourselves to the small cap markets such as those of England and France, so that the growth of SMEs is fostered, since these companies are the main drivers of growth in global economies.

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Q: What is the position of the INCLAM Group in the water sector consulting and engineering market?

A: I think the INCLAM Group is in a privileged position in the water sector, since for more than 30 years we have tried to be the most financially sound in the sector. We have tried to have make our vision — being the group of choice when it comes to solving a water management problem — a reality at all times, and I think we have achieved it in many instances and with a large number of clients.

Currently the water sector is a sector many companies would like to be part of, since given the projections by climate change models, everybody thinks that water will be one of the sectors with most demand in the near future. A company cannot start working in the water sector and within a year have the capacity to provide quality engineering and consulting services; rather, you need to have a good trajectory in the sector in order to undertake this type of work with confidence.

Thanks to our Group's years of experience, to the skill of the professionals that work for us, and of course, to our clients, we have been able to accumulate extensive experience, having been involved in numerous engineering and consulting projects in the five continents. Therefore, nowadays there are not many things that surprise us in the water sector, although sometimes we run again into surprises.

Q: INCLAM has supported different public authorities in the fulfilment of several European directives. Starting with the most important one, the Water Framework Directive (WFD), what is your view of this directive's usefulness and its implementation process?

A: The WFD was born to ensure the protection of water resources and promote their sustainable use, in order to ensure long-term resource availability, incorporating as well active public participation in the planning process. Water use pressures mean that in Spain there is an important gap between meeting the demands and complying with environmental objectives. Nevertheless, the benefits of the WFD in terms of water resources protection are undeniable. For example, in the Ebro river basin district, where currently more than 70% of water bodies are in good status, despite the arid conditions.

On the other hand, we cannot forget than this ambitious protection objective may have offered the hope of recovering a balance in some water courses where it will be very difficult for environmental objectives and socio-economic objectives to be aligned. Therefore, the environmental objectives in certain water bodies had to be revised. For example, in stretches heavily modified by human activity.

Eighteen years after the directive entered into force, with its setbacks and achievements, we can affirm that its implementation in Spain gave rise to the 25 river basin management plans that encompass the entire country. Concepts such as water bodies, environmental objectives, pressures, programme of measures, exemptions, etc. are already part of planning's daily language. In addition, the cultural change that the WFD incorporated into water management patterns is fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (United Nations, 2015).

The WFD has undergone a fitness check, completed in December of 2019. Some of the issues considered were the 2027 deadline to meet environmental objectives, the role of river basin management plans as management tools, as well as the length of the management cycle (6 years). Likewise, its two daughter directives, the Groundwater Directive and the Environmental Quality Standards Directive, as well as the Floods Directive, have been assessed. Also, in parallel, the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, Directive 91/271, has been evaluated.

I think it is also interesting to highlight the impact of the European Floods Directive and Spanish Royal Decree 903/2010. We have been working since 1988 on flood risk management with river basin authorities, civil defence and land use planning organisations. With the Water Directorate-General since 2006, and uninterruptedly working on the floods directive. We see that thanks to the new legislation and the ensuing regulations we have built a risk management system that contemplates all aspects, and there has been a lot of progress in terms of coordination among public authorities and prevention measures.

Q: The big issue in the news is climate change and its effects on water resource management, one of the big lines of activity of the INCLAM Group. Have we moved forward in Europe in terms of prevention and control of extreme weather events such as floods?

A: Yes. Just the fact that we now have the information in flood hazard and risk maps has been a big step forward, achieved thanks to the Flood Risk Management Plans. In the case of INCLAM in particular, it is very rewarding for us to see that whenever there is an emergency it is our information that is being used. Being useful is very rewarding.

A lot of progress is being made to reduce vulnerability, although we need to improve the communication with citizens. In this regard, the amendments to the Spanish regulation on public waters (Reglamento del Dominio Público Hidráulico, RDPH) and its involvement in land use management is essential.

In terms of early warning systems, INCLAM has been working as a key developer of the Decision Support System of the Automated Hydrological Information System in the Ebro basin for almost two decades, to minimise the effects of high-water flows and improve the information. In this area a lot remains to be done.

Lastly, it is important to highlight the role of emergency services in Spain: Civil Defence, Military Emergencies Unit, health services, etc. Of course, there is room for improvement. We always need more knowledge and more resources, but the European Commission acknowledges our efforts in this area; the cut-off low pressure systems (COLs) have left us with some hard images to watch, but we can be thankful to the work of the teams involved in these weather emergencies.

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Q: Technology has a in this progress. What does the INCLAM Group offer in this regard?

A: Technology has always been at the core of the INCLAM Group. From the very start, INCLAM's first work already involved computing and the use of simulation models to address problems in the water sector. Something unthinkable now, in 1986 was not common in Spain, and maybe it was the secret to the Group's success, during its first steps. In this regard, and to fight floods, INCLAM developed a system for the Ebro basin that enabled knowing what would be the effects of floods in the basin, and how those damages could be reduced. The system was implemented in 2001, it started to be used during a flood event, and from then on, it became one of the main systems in the Ebro river basin district. Of course, the INCLAM Group has always been interested in maintaining it up to date and valid.

In the past few years, with the advances in information technology, INCLAM proposed to evolve the system to a new one known as SUAT, thus designing a SaaS (Software as a Service) to determine the levels of flood warning that the population in a certain basin or municipality faces. This system, in addition to including all the meteorological forecast sources available currently, allows implementation flexibility, and makes use of significant economies of scale as well as a quick deployment in new areas thanks to cloud services.

Finally, it is important to note that, without abandoning numerical methods and simulation software, currently INCLAM continues to contribute innovations to the water sector through the use of new technologies such as cloud services, the internet of things and artificial intelligence.

Q: In the specific case of Spain, in the past few months the country experienced floods that, in addition to stressing the importance of political will to address the effects of climate change, challenged all the models and calculations done previously. What has been your experience in this regard?

A: Indeed, over the past few months we have seen floods that caused severe damages. It was probably the second worst year in the past 50 years. In terms of flooding, it is true that, although we need to increase investments, there is political will to face the issue, and there is progress — it could not be otherwise — concerning the commitments made in Europe on this matter.

These floods, aside from being a wake-up call concerning the effects of climate change, allowed us to test the appropriateness of the models and calculations that are part of the studies we have been doing for years. It is important to note that although the models are always calibrated so that the results they produce are trustworthy, the calibration is complicated with the highest flows, because usually we have little information about those events. In fact, thanks to events such as the COL this past fall or the San Wenceslas event in 2012 we have proved that the models and calculations by the INCLAM group for these parts of Spain represented the reality as closely as a model can.

These results that represent reality so well, confirm for the INCLAM Group that the technology used (GUAD 2D), developed by the Group, together with the team that did the work, are flawless, keeping in mind that when we talk about modelling, the most important think in the calculation process of a simulation model is always the technician involved.

An important point is having worked at all scales, from the national to the municipal scale, and from many perspectives: emergency, integrated risk management, land use management, environmental management, or from the point of view of infrastructure. Thanks to this we were able to offer an integrated answer.

Q: Aside from water, another essential vector in climate change is energy. The water sector has increased its commitment to efficiency in response to the challenges of water management in the coming years. Did the development and implementation of the WatEner platform have this objective in mind?

A: Indeed, nowadays energy is the buzz word used by those who talk about climate change, whether as one of the main sectors that generate CO2 emissions, or as one of the sectors that can contribute the most to climate change mitigation processes, given their involvement in emissions. Furthermore, water is one of the resources that is most affected by the effects of climate change, and appropriate water resource management can help in this regard.

Although it is not its only objective, WatEner allows improving energy consumption during the operation of water supply networks, significantly reducing the amount of energy needed to ensure the urban water supply. Interestingly enough, during the first implementation of WatEner in the German city of Karlsruhe, one of the main positive aspects of implementing it was that we could reduce the carbon footprint of the daily operation of a water supply system serving 400,000 people. Nowadays we cannot make decisions based only on economic performance, as it has been demonstrated in Karlsruhe. Nevertheless, if we strive for efficiency, we almost surely can put together both objectives.

Q: In the past few years we have seen that the digital transformation is changing the way we manage water resources, leading to new business models. Can you tell us about the vision and experience of the INCLAM Group?

A: The digital transformation is changing the way we understand the world, and, of course, the water sector is not immune to this situation. This digital transformation allows us to do a lot more than what we could ever imagine just five years ago. Many of these new business models are specific to the water sector, such as the systems to solve problems that used to be impossible to deal with. However, other business models are new for the water resources sector, but not for other sectors, and the water industry is adopting them quite hastily.

We have always been committed to the modernisation of the water sector and we tried to provide technologies that were either newly created, or it was the first time they were used in the water world. For instance, we created and promoted the first LIDAR used in Spain in the water sector, almost 20 years ago. We used it in a flood study that was ground-breaking at the time. Today nobody doubts the need to use LIDAR mapping for flood studies. The same thing that happened with LIDAR technology will happen with big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, the use of cybersecurity or the use of new materials or new ways of construction in the water sector.

This is our Group's way of thinking; whomever knows about a technology, promotes it or develops it, will have an advantage when it comes to a client choosing one company versus another.

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Q: To conclude the interview, and talking about the future, what are the challenges ahead for the INCLAM Group in the next decade? What would you like the position of the Group to be in 2030?

A: We have many challenges ahead, and even more objectives, but to summarise a great challenge for the INCLAM Group, we want our technology to be the main water management technology used worldwide, and, on the other hand, we have as a challenge to develop public-private partnership projects in emerging countries.

In 2030, INCLAM should continue to be a water sector leader in technology, engineering, consulting and construction. As I mentioned earlier, our vision for 2030 is for INCLAM to continue to be the company of choice when it comes to solving a water management problem.

The truth is that if someone had told me 10 years ago, when I was a project manager, that the Group would reach its current position, I would not have believed it, so surely enough the position of the INCLAM Group in 10 years will be a privileged one.

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[WATENER] Tech Transfer – Digitalization in the Water Supply

Last November 14th, the German city of Karlsruhe was the theater of a seminar organized by the TZW – Technologiezentrum Wasser (the Water Technology Centre of DVGW: The German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water) and the city’s water utility Stadtwerke Karlsruhe.

The prestigious venue of the event was TZW’s headquarters. This recognized institution carries out practice-oriented and interdisciplinary research and investigation programs, developing solutions for different areas of water management issues, from resource protection via water abstraction and treatment to distribution up to consumers’ tap.

Stadtwerke Karlsruhe (SWKA) is the municipal Water Utility which serves a region with 400,000 inhabitants and distributes about 24 Hm3 of water per year. The water is supplied from four drinking water treatment plants and main pumping stations, and it is distributed by more than 900 km of pipeline.

Digitalization in the Water Supply” was the focus of the event during which, water industry experts presented and discussed how Artificial Intelligence techniques, Algorithms and Data Platforms are helping water supply companies master the challenges of the future.

The event counted with the presence of recognized speakers and attendants coming from a large variety of organizations: Water Utilities, Public Institutions and Technology Centers, Engineering Bureaus, Universities and private companies.

The seminar format was conceived with particular attention to the audience’s point of view, promoting a networking environment through spaces dedicated to open questions, where different perspectives and experiences in the digitalization process were also exchanged.

Such a structure was able to create an environment where to set out ideas, debate and exchange different approaches on the digital transformation process for water utilities.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Maier (Head of Drinking Water Division at SWKA) had the honor to open the seminar, providing solid reasons to go ahead with Digitalization in the water supply and highlighting what this means for SWKA. Prof. Maier affirmed indeed that, in addition to significantly more efficient processes, higher transparency of their activities and an easier knowledge transfer, they had also achieved, through real-time data, a lower response time for exceptional events that require immediate attention. CEO of TZW Dr. Josef Klinger pointed out the need to convert the concept of “Digitalization” into concrete actions.

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Greetings were followed by WatEner‘s General Manager Jorge Helmbrecht who introduced the platform WatEner®, illustrating its components, use, and newest functionalities, with a presentation on Innovative solutions for current challenges with the integration platform WatEner using artificial intelligence.

The totality of exposition subjects revolved around the “Digitalization in Water Supply” topic, addressing it from different angles. Among them, the practical example of WatEner® platform application in Stadtwerke Karlsruhe with a live presentation held by the Head of drinking water Production and Quality Assurance, Dr. Dirk Kühlers, awakened great interest in the audience. It was indeed showed how the gathering, integration and evaluation of data can provide detailed support to facilitate the daily operation in water supply companies. The platform WatEner® enables, for example, the visualization of pipe network models, the accurate preparation of key figures for the various divisions, as well as the energy-saving operation of the hydraulic pumps by means of self-learning operating systems.

Another presentation of great interest was the one concerning Management systems with online models and sensor techniques for decision support using the example of Lake Constance by Dr. Ulrich Lang of the Stuttgart-based engineering company Kobus und PartnerTZW itself brought a significant contribution with Dr. Martin Wagner illustrating the Perspectives of prediction and data models for water supply and Sebastian Sturm, explaining the Application of Remote Sensing Methods for Risk Assessment in water catchment area.

To complete the variety and relevance of the subjects treated, it is also interesting to mention the presentations given by Tamara Stefani & Wolfgang Deinlein from SWKA about the Construction of a groundwater level measurement network with mobile communication and LoRaWAN, and Thorsten Schlachter from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology about the Experience in setting up and operation of web-based measuring networks in the environmental sector.

As the main conclusion, the importance of adopting innovative technologies in the Water Supply Sector was particularly well established, with a special remark on how crucial it is to integrate all isolated data from different sources and promote greater connectivity between departments.

In the path to digitalization, it is also relevant to emphasize the need to consolidate the link between processes, people and new technologies, taking into account that innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence can support the decision-making process, without replacing human work and expertise.

From WatEner we are pleased to have joined this Seminar and for having the opportunity to demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence techniques can help in the efficient operation and management of Drinking Water Networks.


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Consultancy Service for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rehabilitation Project and improvement of the security of the dams of Vietnam

Located in Southeast Asia and with more than 3,260 kilometers of coastline, Vietnam is one of the countries that is most prone to suffer natural disasters in the region, being affected by an average of ten typhoons a year. These typhoons bring along strong floods that affect the whole country and whose impact tends to be greater in rural areas, the most vulnerable, preventing their socio-economic development and slowing down the growth of a country in which 45% of the population works in the agro sector.

The damage caused by these extreme events has been hampered in recent years by climate change. In fact, Vietnam is one of the countries in which the impact of climate change is greater. This has been reflected in the increase and unpredictability in size, frequency and intensity of the mentioned typhoons.

The vulnerability of Vietnam to extreme events and especially to floods, is also accompanied by the lack of global programs in the management of water resources and by the tumble down network of hydraulic infrastructures, especially dams and small reservoirs.

In this context, the Vietnamese government, launched in 2003 the "Dam Safety Program", an initiative aimed at reducing the negative impacts of floods downstream of the oldest dams in the country (40 to 60 years), most of them in poor condition. This program, funded with more than 400 million USD by the World Bank through the "Dam Rehabilitation and Safety Improvement Project (DRaSIP)", aims at rehabilitating and improving the management of 450 priority dams, with the dual purpose of protecting both lives located in the area of influence of these dams as well as safeguarding the economic activities that develop downstream of them. Ultimately, this will contribute to the overall improvement of the quality of life of millions of people and promoting their socioeconomic development.

Within the framework of the project, which has been ongoing for several years, the World Bank has recently launched a specific project to carry out a system for evaluating and monitoring the progress and results of this program (International Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant). Its objective is to establish a series of easily measurable key indicators that allow to objectively delimit the progress of the program. The system will improve the management of dams and will allow the lessons learned to be learned and applied in the future.

INCLAM, thanks to its experience in the Asian region and Joint Venture with AMDI and APAVE, its trusted partners in the country, has been the awarded bidder for this project by the World Bank and the government of Vietnam through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, final implementing agency of the project. The contract, with a duration of four years, is endowed with an amount of 1,324,722.61 USD. This new project consolidates Inclam as one of the leading Spanish companies in the region and crowns the good results of the Group's strategy in its commitment to development in the Southeast Asian market, where the company has permanent offices in the Philippines. In this country, Inclam has also achieved remarkable success in 2018 with the signing of the contract, worth 31.3 million USD, in order to plan, among other measures, the necessary flood control infrastructures in several basins priority hydrographic projects, which will be carried out in consortium with the companies Egis and KECC.


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Having good economic results is necessary, but not enough


INCLAM joins Global Compact
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A couple of months ago, we received the United Nations (UN) official communication confirming that INCLAM GROUP is now part of Global Compact, the world´s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Global Compact is an international initiative that seeks the commitment of companies around the world, to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
In addition, Global Compact seeks to impulse business as a force of good, taking shared responsibility for achieving a better world, and taking strategic actions to advance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), so we can achieve the 17 goals and the 169 targets by 2030.
It is an honor for INCLAM GROUP to be part of this large initiative that includes over 13,000 organizations from 160 countries, all supported by their CEOs. We all share the same vision and commitment to be sustainable companies and contribute to build the world we all want.

To be a signatory company of the Global Compact initiative is a mild stone for INCLAM GROUP, because it means that we are publicly ratifying our commitment with an ethic and responsible culture and our commitment consolidate our sustainable practices globally.
As members of Global Compact, we are committed to operate under a continuous improvement approach, incorporating economic, social, and environmental aspects in our strategic and day-to-day decisions. It also means that we are committed to respect and promote the 10 universal principles, and to keep actively working to achieve the 17 SDG.

As a specialized business group in water and climate change, our operations have a positive impact on the SDG, since water is a transversal vector for development. However, for the sake of focusing our efforts, we have assumed a strong commitment particularly with objectives 3, 6 11 and 13:

• SDG3: Good health and wellbeing
• SDG6: Clean water and sanitation
• SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities
• SDG13: Climate Action

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We have also assumed the commitment of annually reporting our good practices related with the 10 Principles, and our advances towards the achievement of the SDG goals and targets.

For INCLAM GROUP joining the Global Compact initiative reflects our traditional ways of doing good business, which have characterized us since the beginning of our operations. It is another example that shows two of our oldest and deepest beliefs: “ Having good economic results is necessary, but not enough”, and “We want to improve people´s live through our work”.

We are very proud to join this initiative, which will involve a strong impulse to our sustainable practices across operations around the world.

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INCLAM leverages its experience in a flood control project in the Philippines

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The Philippines is one of the countries of Southeast Asia with a greater economic growth in recent years. At the same time, and due to the particular geographical location of this archipelago (composed of more than 7,000 islands), it is also one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to extreme events - such as typhoons, tropical storms and floods -, whose frequency and impacts have also been aggravated by climate change.

The Government of the Philippines, with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is currently promoting strong investment initiatives in flood protection measures to deal with the impacts of climate change.

In line with the above, Rodrigo Duterte, the current President of the Philippines, is firmly determined to take advantage of and consolidate this period of economic prosperity to transform the country and develop and improve the infrastructures that it demands. For this, the country’s central administration is promoting the execution of a public investment program unprecedented in the country, the so-called "Build, Build, Build" Program. Unlike previous initiatives, these investments are presented as the final outcome of a planning process based on the best available practices, addressing several national concerns: a) ensuring the economic and environmental sustainability of the actions to be implemented; b) seeking the maximum possible social endorsement and; c) accelerate all the processes that go from design to final execution; with a special emphasis on a more effective coordination among all the administrations involved. Under these premises, this investment program has the administrative and financial support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), through a specific mechanism called the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF).

The IPIF is structured in four parts or lots, of which Lot No. 2 (Flood Mitigation) has a total economic endowment of USD 31.36 million and focuses on providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Government of the Philippines during the period 2018-2022, helping in the development of the plan, design and execution of the necessary flood control actions in 6 priority river basins.

The international consortium formed by Egis Group (France), INCLAM and KECC (South Korea), will advise the Government of the Philippines on flood management.

The bidding process, launched by the ADB at the end of 2017, was highly competitive and with the utmost interest and participation from the main companies in the sector. The final selection was quality based and only considered technical excellence-related criteria.

Finally, the project was awarded to a consortium led by the French company Egis Eau (, two more companies of its same business group (Egis International and Egis Structure Environnement), INCLAM and the South Korean company KECC. The official signing ceremony of the contract, held on April 4, was the culmination of more than two months of complex negotiations with the DPWH, after a first key session of two weeks, held in person at Metro Manila, with the participation of a technical and commercial delegation of all consortium partners.

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The official signing ceremony of the contract, held on April 4th, was the culmination of more than two months of complex negotiations with the DPWH, after a first key session of two weeks, held in person in Metro Manila and with the participation of a technical and commercial delegation of all consortium partners.

Scheme of the operations of the global contract awarded to INCLAM and its partners by the DPWH, under the supervision of the ADB: a transversal contract of specialized technical assistance, supplemented with several subprojects defined on demand.

The Government of the Philippines estimates a total investment of over USD 450 million to address floods in 6 priority watersheds of the country.

The priority basins considered by the DPWH are those of Abra (5,125 km2) and Apayao-Abulog (3,372 km2), in the northern part of the island of Luzon; that of Jalaur (1,503 km2), in Panay island (Western Visayas); that of Agus (1,645 km2), in the northern part of the island of Mindanao; and finally, those of Buayan-Malungon (1,425 km2) and Tagum-Libuganon (3,064 km2) in the southern part of that same island. In these six basins, the DPWH has estimated a total volume of investment in hydraulic infrastructure of some USD 454.6 million. One of the main tasks of the Consortium will be to help the DPWH optimize that investment and make it a reality.

The awarding of this contract supports INCLAM’s commitment to consolidate its presence in the emerging market of Southeast Asia. Also, it is the result of INCLAM’S renowned trajectory of more than three decades devoted to the provision of value-added consulting services, particularly in the scope of planning and management of flood risks.

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Location in the Philippine archipelago of the priority watersheds for which Master Flood Control Plans will be designed and developed, as well as Pre-feasibility studies of the structural measures proposed in those.

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The Best Engineering Company the Second Year in a Row


On 20th of December, 2017, the Roca Madrid Gallery hosted the fourth edition of iAgua awards 2017.
The track-record of these awards is short; however they are already considered one of the most important ones in the sector. This is no surprise, as 511 companies publish daily their contents in iAgua site, which is the site with the largest audience in Spain and Latin America.

This year, we were nominated in three categories: the Best interview of Magazine; Alfonso Andrés Urrutia, The Best Technological Solution for WatEner and the Best Engineering Company.
Thanks to the votes of the followers and readers of iAgua we won the title of the Best Engineering Company for the second year in a row. This prize always delights us especially, as it is recognition of our essential activity and the main objective to always be the best in our sector at an international level.

Alfonso Andrés Urrutia, Director of the Consultancy Services of Inclam Group, was handed the prize. He emphasized during his speech that "this prize is for the INCLAM Group one of the most valued ones, not only for what it represents but also for the impact that it has"

The whole INCLAM team thanks iAgua again for these nominations, and, particularly, for choosing us to be the winners of this grand prize. We also want to congratulate all the other nominees.


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INCLAM was awarded a contract worth of 73.9 million US dollars


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The Company C.A. HIDROLOGICA DEL CENTRO (HIDROCENTRO) has awarded to CONTEMAR, a Consortium formed by INCLAM S.A (45%) and INCLAM de Venezuela (55%) a contract for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning for Rehabilitation and Extending the Wastewater Treatment Plant La Mariposa, in Valencia, the state of Carabobo.

This contract, valued at 73.922.103, 21 US dollars is funded by the CAF (the Latin American Development Bank), and it will be executed within 32 months. Thanks to the excellent execution of previous works completed by our Company, HIDROCENTRO revalidates its trust to INCLAM and confirms our position as a benchmark company in the country in executing EPC projects in the water sector.

This contract reinforces INCLAM Group´s good results gained during the first half of this financial year and gives the Company excellent expectations for 2018.
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The Dominican Republic has been punished by several hurricanes and tropical storms that have caused catastrophic damages throughout the country´s history, causing major impacts on the vital resources for the provision of the population, and also affecting significantly dams and reservoirs.

After verifying the consequences of the hurricane seasons, Dominican Republic considered necessary to review the conditions of its resources and to take measures to resolve the possible impacts.

INCLAM entered into the work starting from here, as it lead the project "International Consulting Services in Dam and Reservoir Operation," which took place in 13 major dams in the Dominican Republic. Several of the dams were higher than 100 meters, and they are essential for supplying water for human consumption, irrigation, producing electricity of the country and preventing floods.

The tasks of INCLAM was divided into three sections, first of which was to develop a plan and dam safety studies. This plan began by creating a technical file of the dams, and database where all the available material was collected and analyzed. The database included more than 12 000 files.

Using the created technical file, the experts of INCLAM visited and examined the dams and their facilities in order to propose actions aimed at resolving the detected shortcomings and conduct seismic studies, structural dam analysis, and auscultation analysis.


On the other hand, in order to involve the communities located downstream of the dam, and the organisations and authorities in charge of dam safety and prevention and emergency response, six public workshops were organized. Almost 50 organizations and hundreds of participants attended the workshop.

In order to involve Dominican Republic institutions, ten workshops on Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) were organized. In these workshops participated staff of INDRHI and the hydraulic operation managers of the EGEHID, the Hydroelectric Generation Company.

Furthermore, operation and maintenance manuals of nine reservoir systems were drafted, and sediment management plan was prepared. The latter plan deals with the sediment problem of the reservoirs. Over the time, the reservoirs have lost significant amounts of their useful volume.
The second section of the project comprised of reassessing the hydrology of the reservoirs.

The first step was to study the rainfall using specific methodologies for regions affected by hurricanes. The next step was to compile regional rainfall maps and estimate the flood flow rate to evaluate the hydrological security of the dams, and downstream water discharge of the overflow rates. The last step was to conduct hydraulic simulations using GUAD-2D program developed by INCLAM and Digital Terrain Model of the NASA. By using these programs, it was possible to delimit the floodplains caused by potential dam break.

The third main aspect of the project was related to institutional strengthening, to developing a strategic plan for the Dam Department of INDRHI. To this end, a participatory process was used. During the process, several personal interviews were conducted and a workshop was organized. All this was done bearing in mind the experience and the proposal of the persons belonging to Dam Department and other entities of INDRHI.

A new organizational chart for the Dam Department was proposed, according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Government Administration, and a Recruiting and Selection Plan was prepared. The plan includes a search for candidates for vacant posts. A Training Plan for current employees of the Department was also formulated.

The last step was to conduct a review of the water regulating institutions of the Dominican Republic, and analysis on legislation of other countries, Based on these studies, a Project for Modifying Legislation and Standards was presented. The project collects recommendations on the legal and regulatory framework applicable to Dominican Republic.

This great work, carried out by INCLAM´s staff together with local collaborators was finalized at the end of 2016 with and excellent rating and great satisfaction on the part of the group which once again makes clear that the big projects always need human talent and experience gained working as a team and naturally the latest technology.

En esta final, los competidores directos serán los candidatos de la bolsa irlandesa (Irish Stock Exchange) y la bolsa de Londres (London Stock Exchange). En la página web de los premios se expone la lista corta con el perfil de los candidatos, para la categoría principal, en la que compite INCLAM, y el resto de categorías que premian estos galardones.

Estos Premios son una muestra de la diversidad de los mercados europeos y su objetivo es promover la entrada en el mercado de valores, en particular, el dirigido a las PYME y empresas de crecimiento. Los finalistas y ganadores se destacan como actores excepcionales que demuestran innovación, tanto la expansión nacional e internacional, ciudadanía corporativa y una excelente gestión. Estas empresas son fundamentales para la recuperación económica europea y para lograr las metas de la creación de empleo, competitividad y el crecimiento de la UE .

Los ganadores de estos galardones se anunciarán en una ceremonia que tendrá lugar el próximo 17 de noviembre en el Albert Hall en Bruselas.

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