The construction industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by an increased focus on environmental sustainability and workplace safety, and the growing importance of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics as well as higher quality construction products and materials. In the last three years alone, there have been over 248,000 patents filed and granted in the construction industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Modular construction in Construction: Embankment construction.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 179,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the construction industry, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Embankment construction is a key innovation area in modular construction

Embankments are created to protect roads, canals, railways and other infrastructure from a body of water. It is therefore necessary that materials used in construction are impervious and compressible to ensure long-term structural integrity and protection.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies.  According to GlobalData, there are 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established construction companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of embankment construction.

Key players in embankment construction – a disruptive innovation in the construction industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to embankment construction

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
China State Construction Engineering 83 Unlock company profile
Power Construction Corporation of China 61 Unlock company profile
China Railway Construction 32 Unlock company profile
State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council 30 Unlock company profile
China Communications Construction Group 27 Unlock company profile
China Railway Group 27 Unlock company profile
HYDROCHINA Chengdu Engineering 15 Unlock company profile
Guizhou Transportation Planning Survey and Design Academe 7 Unlock company profile
Shanghai Construction Group 7 Unlock company profile
Qingdao Ruiyuan Engineering Group 7 Unlock company profile
China Energy Engineering Group 7 Unlock company profile
Zhejiang Communications Construction Group 6 Unlock company profile
Obayashi 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

China State Construction Engineering is the leading filer in embankment construction. It is one of the largest construction companies by revenue globally with a core focus on infrastructure construction. The company has developed various construction techniques to improve long-term resistance and lower construction costs of embankment construction. One such technique uses a high-pressure jet grouting pile in the deeper foundation, which comprises a water-stop valve. This lowers construction timelines and costs, while maintaining a high degree of water resistance.

In terms of application diversity, Zhejiang Communications Construction Group is among the leaders in the pack, along with China Communications Construction Group. By means of geographic reach, Obayashi held the top position followed by China Railway Construction and China State Construction Engineering.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.