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Progreso Teams win international competition organized by SAP

In a multidisciplinary effort, teams from Progreso developed a prototype in the SAP Innoweeks Challenge. The purpose of the prototype is to help improve conditions of the Motagua River, as well as the communities located in its watershed.

Progreso’s environmental leadership invites its teams to seek solutions or projects by developing resilient infrastructure that will help improve the lives of communities.

Convened by the international company SAP, Progreso participated in the SAP Innoweeks Challenge. The challenge consisted of developing a prototype that would contribute to analyzing environmental conditions.

Technology, environmental management and corporate citizenship teams joined forces to design a tool that supported different stakeholders in their search for economically viable solutions/projects. It was to be accomplished by means of a simulator that analyzes Montagua River’s water and climate variables, and thereby forecasts different phenomena in the area surrounding the basin.

The idea of this prototype is to produce a behavioral map of the water and river currents. This information is to be used for a number of purposes, such as analyzing variables ahead of time, to predict how viable certain projects are. For example, waste collection projects, generating early flood warnings, and building infrastructure safely around watersheds.

Juan José Gudiel, Environmental Management Coordinator; Jorge Escoto, Planning and Social Strategy Manager; Hugo Silva, IT Business Manager; and Ludwin Alvarez, Environmental Control and Safety Manager, are part of the team that developed this prototype, which in a second phase (medium term) will seek to become software applicable to any water basin in the country.

The projects name is: Hydrological Basin Simulator for Sustainable Development which after executing multidisciplinary work, the Progreso-led project won the «Best Purpose» category.

This simulator can be used in five stages:

  1. Identify monitoring points (where infrastructure can be placed on the banks of the Motagua River).

  2. Analyze and capture data by means of a flow sensor.

  3. Feed the prototype with the help of meteorological information to determine rainfall, water conditions, and river current.

  4. This information clearly determines how strong the strength of the channel is, as well as the basins general condition. It will help decide what type of materials can be used if there is to be infrastructure construction in the rivers vicinity; such as bio fences, bridges or other necessary infrastructure.

  5. For existing infrastructure, the software can determine the buildings conditions, and mitigate disasters in real time.

What is the Innoweeks SAP 2022 challenge?

It’s an annual competition dedicated to innovation and new technology development, which seeks to respond to the challenges posed by participating companies from all over Latin America.

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