Construction sector reports the highest industry accident rate in the world of work. Construction workers are also those who perceive more clearly the lack of job safety. In all, 97.8% of them, according to the Department of Employment. In fact, one of every three work accidents takes place in a building site.

With things as they are, scientific work on the subject is almost non-existent. We have found an exception in the Higher Technical School of Civil Engineering of the UGR. The area of <...
Viernes, 14 de Noviembre de 2003

Excellence: the purest quality concept

The experience developed by a lot of companies with regard to Total Quality Management (TQM) implementation has proved, according to Professor María del Mar Fuentes Fuentes in her book “Total quality management”, that applying TQM principles does not guarantee success. “More and more experts --says María del Mar Fuentes—think that it is not a recipe to be taken by all the organizations in the same way.”

According to the UGR Professor, “discussion on the effectiveness of Total Quality Management (TQM) has been focused, so far, on its appropriate implantation. But, accepting that a correct implementation ...
“Most human and economic losses caused by earthquakes come from an inadequate seismic performance of the frameworks. Sometimes, they come to collapse partial or totally”, Professor José Ramón Arango González maintains in his book “Introduction to the study of seismic vulnerability of the historical buildings of Granada”, which has just been published by the Publishing House of the University of Granada.

According to José Ramón Arango, “vulnerability studies determine the damage expected in a framework, in a group of frameworks or in an urban area caused by a ...
Students of the University of Granada will have access to the different rooms of a virtual publishing house where they will meet the publisher, the writer, the productor, etc., and they will have to respond to their requests in order to prepare a book, thanks to a teaching innovation project that reproduces in a virtual way the whole work and creative process of a piublishing house and a printer´s.

In addition, the project includes a "tutorial" with the most common computer programs in document design and students will be able ...
Researchers of the Departments of Mineralogy and Petrology and of Microbiology of the University of Granada have managed to find out the amazing applications of a common soil bacteria, Myxococcus Xanthus, in ornamental element restoration of listed buildings. The microorganism, harmless to people, allows to rebuild damaged elements of these buildings with high accuracy through a perfect cement that increases on the original material, strengthing it but allowing it “to breath“ without trace or spores that endanger it. Once its task is over, the bacteria simply vanishes.

The persons in charge ...
Texts of Fernando Távora, Joao de Melo, Domingo Tavares, Sergio Fernández, Alexandre Alves Costa, José Antonio Bandeirinha, Víctor Maestre, Josa Santa Rita and Javer Gallego Roca, make up the book Architectural and urban renovation and restoration in Portugal, published by the University of Granada, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Camoes Institute and the Portugal Embassy.

The volume, profusely illustrated, has almost 250 pages and collects the works carried out on the occasion of the Torres Balbás Seminar, articulated around the contest announced to adapt the old Military Hospital ...
The project of a railway station in Granada, which last January obtained a first-class mark, contains in its proposal, which has been presented with in great detail with planimetries and models, 12,100 square metres for the station centre, parkings that take up 32,000 square metres, 6,500 sm of offices and other surfaces devoted to facilities, shopping areas, halls, lobbies, accesses, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.

The author of the project, Carmen Navas-Parejo, has taken into account the fact that the urban growth has favoured the “absorption” of the station by the city. Such absorption has determined a series of relations with the ...
The research work carried out by Professor Grindlay Moreno tackles urban centrality of port infrastructures from the process of the relations developed between port and city. In the first place, in general, some characteristic phases, verified and developed in the light of several model cases that illustrate relational processes and their effects, paying special attention, in a last and present urban integration phase of these infrastructures, to causal factors of the development “going more deeply-according to the author of the research work- into the common aspects of these singular operations; all this from the perspective of the recent dialogue between ...