Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)
Paul is an entrepreneur at heart. Founder and CEO of Deploy Tech Ltd and co-founder and CEO of Project Stealth Tech Ltd (UK based start-ups). Former director of EónCorp technology and consultancy, and GeoPro Engineering and Design solutions (Ecuador based companies). He is trained as a Civil Engineer with 6 years of experience. In the early stages of his carrier, he took part in the construction of infrastructure projects including sport Centres, bridges, coach stations, roads, water and sewer pipelines. His work for Ecuadorian public companies as Project Manager, Project Supervisor, and Design Engineer has contributed to the development of more than 70 infrastructure projects from 2014 to 2017, his responsibilities consisted on planning, designing, evaluating, managing, supervising, and Quality control. During 2017-2018 he was part of an elite team, where he collaborated as Support Analyst, the project was called “Master Plan for Cuenca, phase 3”. The team was recruited to forecast, plan and design the future of drinking water and sanitation infrastructure, including rural communities, needed by Azuay county, Ecuador, until the year 2050. In the Autumn term of 2018, he joined the Innovation Design Engineering master’s course. In 2020, he worked as a Graduate-Teaching-Assistant of the Human-Centred Design course at Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London. For his second year of the master’s programme, he was involved in two projects and both were successfully sponsored by InnovationRCA for patent support. Currently, he has filed two patents in the UK and incorporated two start-up companies.
Engineering has always been part of my life, and design was an adventure that I needed to find to embrace my entrepreneurial identity. Throughout my work, you will find my approach to bringing closer the fields of science, engineering and design.
I am proud and happy to be in the world of innovation. I come from a country where that opportunity is not always coherent with the expectations and realities of my society.
Innovation, I finally found you and I am committed to never letting you go.
The water crisis is more relevant than ever since without access to safely managed drinking water, millions of people living in vulnerable areas are at risk of infectious diseases like COVID-19.
By interacting with more than 175 communities in Ecuador and analysing their water-related infrastructure, I found that water storage is an essential component for any water supply system. At the same time, it is the most expensive feature of the system due to its magnitude. I leveraged my relationship with an extraordinary UK company called Concrete Canvas Ltd to develop a water storage unit that could address some of the main issues seen in the field. Concrete Canvas manufactures a material called Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats (GCCMs), which means concrete-filled fabric. For this project, I have been using Concrete Canvas Hydro (CC HydroTM) that incorporates a geomembrane as part of the composite that provides impermeability properties to the material, making it perfect for water storage.
I have explored manufacturing processes, structural reinforcement, geometry, size and form to create a water tank that is best adapted to the parameters required. I have created a product that can be folded, packed and transported easily. Once it arrives at the site it can be simply deployed by one person and it can reach a volume of 40 000 litres. When hydrated, Deploy transforms into a unified concrete shell that ensures the durability, resistance, and reliability of the water storage vessel.
Deploy is ready to be used in just 24 hours. Its modularity and transportability help users to develop the best strategy for the usage and location of their water-related infrastructure to maximize efficiency and convenience for almost any application. As well as water storage, distribution, potable water treatment, sewer water containment, and even other liquids like beer and wine, could be held within the Deploy tank, without requiring any technical help or construction contractors.