On Monday 15th October, I.CO.P. has successfully completed the Adda river crossing in Vaprio D'Adda with the DIRECT PIPE technique. An AVN1200T drilling machine with a HKPT pipe thruster 750ton was able to go through 410m of inhomogeneous and hard ground conditions below River Adda. Sand, gravel, cobbles, boulders and conglomerate were drilled without interruption by I.CO.P.’s team from the beginning to the end. Installed casing pipe is a 56’’ steel pipe planned within the Snam project related to Vaprio D'Adda pipeline expansion.
From 3 to 6 October 2018 the GEOFLUID event took place in Piacenza: a traditional appointment for operators in the drilling sector and special foundations. On this occasion I.CO.P. S.p.A. was invited to participate actively in the context of the conference organized by IATT (Italian Association for Trenchless Technologies) in collaboration with the Order of Engineers of the province of Piacenza, on this theme: "TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGIES: DESIGN, REALIZATION AND MAINTENANCE OF GAS NETWORKS IN THE OPTICS OF ECONOMICITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY ". I.CO.P. has proposed a presentation entitled "THE EVOLUTION OF SPECIES" with which it illustrated the DIRECT PIPE technology that is part of its know-how; I.CO.P. is a world leader in its use. In particular, the origins of the system have been highlighted: it is a synthesis of HDD and Microtunnelling technologies. Furthermore the development characteristics of the new DIRECT PIPE technology compared to the existing ones have been identified. Then 9 work experiences have been presented: achieved in the years 2017 and 2018 using the DIRECT PIPE system, they include a total of 3,950 m of line piping successfully installed in Lot 1 of the Cervignano d'Adda - Mortara pipeline (DN 1400 75bar).
Elite, the London Stock Exchange Group international program dedicated to the most ambitious companies, welcomes 17 new Italian companies, including I.CO.P., bringing to 925 the total number of companies from 32 countries representing 34 sectors. The new Italian companies admitted to the program are the result of the collaboration between Elite and Bnl Group Bnp Paribas through the well-established model of the Lounges. The aim is to create a dedicated environment that puts the bank's customer at the center of a network of opportunities, skills and value. The new companies are representative of different sectors, from chemistry to food, from industrial engineering to the world of media. The 17 companies come from 11 different Italian regions, with an aggregate turnover of 900 million euros and a total of 2,500 employees.
On October 4, 2018 the Order of Engineers of the Province of Piacenza in collaboration with the IATT (Italian Association for Trenchless Technology) organizes the Convention TECHNOLOGIE TRENCHLESS within the Geofluid event: DESIGN, REALIZATION AND MAINTENANCE OF GAS NETWORKS WITH A VIEW OF ECONOMICITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY "at Piacenza Expò - Room B from 9.30 all the morning. On this occasion there will be an intervention by Engineers Antonio Guerini and Enzo Rizzi entitled" Direct Pipe: the evolution of the species”. The participation in the conference is free, upon registration given the limited number of seats, and it has obtained the recognition of 3CFP by the Order of Engineers.
La Vetrina dell'Ingegno is the title of the school-work alternation project that involved 15 girls and boys from the Social Economic High School "C. Percoto "of Udine. The students, led by the experts of the "Varianti" Cooperative of Udine, have carried out a social historical research at two centenary Friulian companies: the Taverna and the Tonon company. The multimedia documentation produced was presented to the public in a small exhibition, hosted by the Aipem company in Udine at the end of June. Here is the video that presents the company Taverna, a tangible proof of the results obtained from the interaction of students with the world of work and with the entrepreneurial tradition of our region.
I.CO.P. S.p.A. has earned the second score overall (97/100) in the first call issued by AICS for interventions by institutions and companies that dedicate part of their business to the non-profit. The project promoted by AICS is called "Social Business for South Sudan: Support for entrepreneurship in South Sudan, from humanitarian emergency to human and social development” and its amount is 400 thousand euros: 250 thousand will be financed by I.CO.P. and the remaining share by AICS. The participation in the tender allowed the company to continue its commitment to the African country, where it had already landed back in 2006, taking root even more in the role of company promoting a sustainable global economic force, respectful of human and labor rights, environmental protection and the fight against corruption.
The first edition of the Private Debt Award has decreed I.CO.P. S.P.A. among the winners in the development category last 23rd of May. The Award intent was to enhance the best investments in Italian SMEs debt transactions carried out between January the 1st, 2013 and July the 31, 2017. These were characterized by the following categories: development (growth projects through the entry into new segments, geographic areas or new products and/or technologies) and leverage buyout/extraordinary transactions (growth projects through acquisitions, also together with private equity, providing the debt necessary for the lbo operation or structuring the transaction directly with the entrepreneur). The aim of the Award was to highlight the relationship between investor and entrepreneur, which is decisive for the company's success and for the fund. The Award also wanted to make the tool and the private debt activities known as the promoter of the development of Italian companies, highlighting their impact on the business system. To judge the nominations, professionals belonging to the economic, entrepreneurial and academic world were called: Innocenzo Cipolletta (AIFI President), Luigi Abete (FeBAF President), Guido Corbetta (ordinary in the Management and Technology Department, Bocconi), Andrea Giovanelli (Deloitte Head of Debt Advisory), Giancarlo Giudici (associate professor of Corporate Finance, Milan Polytechnic), Sergio Luciano (director, Economy), Giovanni Maggi (Assofondipensione president), Antonella Mansi (Confindustria vice president), Luca Manzoni (corporate banking manager, Banco BPM), Christian Martino (Editor-in-Chief Plus 24, Il Sole 24 Ore), Federico Visconti (Rector of the Carlo Cattaneo University - LIUC).
The award the "Star of merit for Labor" has been given to twenty-two new Masters of Labor in Friuli Venezia Giulia last May the first at the prefecture of Trieste during the traditional ceremony. Adriano Miol of I.CO.P. S.P.A. was awarded the title of "Master of Work" because he is particularly distinguished for his singular merits of skill, hard work and good moral conduct. Among the other motivations of the nominees there are inventions and innovations in the technical and production field that have improved the efficiency of tools, machines and processing methods; the original contributions to the improvement of work safety measures; the preparation of new generations for professional activity.
As already mentioned, Il Sole 24 Ore together with the local press Il Piccolo, Il Messaggero Veneto and Il Gazzettino, as well as the online publications Il Piccolo Web, Il Gazzettino.it, Il Friuli.it and the Italian network unanimously announce I.CO.P.’s award of the contract for the foundation works of the new metro line in Paris. The work value amounts to € 250 million. The project involves the construction of 4 underground stations, almost 20 km of the subway line, as well as ancillary works. The relevance of the news is global, given the magnitude of the “Grand Paris Express”: the world’s largest infrastructure project currently underway, which involves the construction of over 200 km of metro networks in Paris and in the Ile-de –France area. The group of companies that has been awarded the contract is captained by the French giant Eiffage, with which I.CO.P. has been collaborating for several years. This important acquisition allows I.CO.P. to pursue its own development and growth plan abroad, with the aim of being listed among the main operators in the sector of special foundations with a high technological content at European level. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The cutter enters the station built by I.CO.P. S.P.A.[/caption]
I.CO.P. will participate in the execution of the Grand Paris Express Project line 16 lot 1 as subcontractor of Eiffage Genie Civil. The overall contract of € 1.84 billion (€ 1.71 billion for Eiffage) include crossings for more than 19 km of tunnels, the construction of 18 annexed works, the laying of tracks, catenaries, linear installations and the creation of five stations: the French Stadium, La Courneuve Six Routes, Le Bourget RER, Le Blanc-Mesnil and Saint-Denis Pleyel which will be the largest station of Grand Paris Express (250,000 passengers per day). The works include three months of preparation and they will be carried out over six years.