Alvac’s commitment to excellence does not stop at providing the best service available today, but at ensuring that it will provide an even better one tomorrow. To this end, Alvac undertakes research programs at all its road maintenance centres, transforming the road into a laboratory in order to survey new technology and techniques before implementing them. An extensive study on winter maintenance practice in Spain, for instance, yielded the development by Alvac of a unique calibration procedure for its salt spreaders, improving accuracy and therefore containing de-icer waste and environmental damage.
Similarly, the development of high resolution road weather and decision support systems have allowed Alvac to fine-tune its response when faced with adverse weather, reducing risks and improving resource usage.
Another aspect to this commitment is constant supervision of new technological solutions for road management. Either as a company or through its personnel, Alvac is involved in some of the most relevant technological forums in the field, such as robotic manufacturer platform Hisparob or the World Road Association. This has allowed Alvac, for instance, to be the first company in Europe to install a laser-based continuous salinity detection system, or to participate in a trans-Atlantic study on vehicle corrosion due to de-icers.
To this date, Alvac has cooperated with research facilities and universities in the USA, Spain, Sweden, the UK and Japan, apart from actively participating in international technical committees and presenting findings to international audiences.