An average of 1 natural disaster per day occur every year. Almost 50% of the material and human resources mobilized in a catastrophe are necessary to restore basic infrastructures. Current solutions for temporary bridges, and in particular those of rapid deployment, have been developed during World War II. Since then these bridges have suffered virtually no innovations. They are heavy solutions, difficult to transport and require a great effort of assembly, often with heavy equipment needs.
PSTECH develops light, inflatable and portable products specially designed for emergency applications when an immediate deployment of infrastructures is required. These inflatable structures are envisioned to contribute to emergency services to drastically reduce the resources needed for transportation and assembly, allowing these resources to be used to assist population and bring them food, water and medicines.
PNEUMATIC STRUCTURES TECHNOLOGIES S.L. (PSTECH) is a start-up company created in February 2015 after an initiative of BuildAir (a company expert on the design and construction of inflatable hangars, www.buildair.com), the International Center on Numerical Methods in Engineering CIMNE, www.cimne.com), and other investors. PSTECH team provides the company with all the design, production, commercialization and maintenance capacities required to successfully produce and commercialize the inflatable structures.