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Creation of Fougerolle
Philippe Fougerolle (1806-1883) founds the family company as attested, on the completion of the construction of the Nivernais canal, by the royal seal which was presented to him on October 8 by the Ponts et Chaussées engineer for the Nièvre region.


Foundation of Quillery
Emile Quillery founds the family company at Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in 1863, near the imposing building site built by the Baron Haussmann.  


Creation of Beugnet
Victor Beugnet founds his pavement laying company at Mont-Saint-Eloi (Pas-de-Calais).

Inauguration of the Eiffel Tower
Ordered in 1885 by the Ministry of Commerce of the time, the Eiffel Tower was erected between 1887 and 1889, and inaugurated on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition. It remained the highest building in the world until 1930 when the Chrysler Building was built in New-York.
1924   Birth of SAE
The company Auxiliaire d'Entreprises Electriques et de Travaux Publics, better known as SAE, was founded in Paris by the Albert and Ernest de Marchena brothers, together with Gino Valatelli, a native of Milan and graduate from the Ecole polytechnique.
1927   First works on the Port of Dakar (Senegal)
The creation of the port began with the consolidation of 2 million tons of rocks, and the construction of 6 kilometres of quays.
Foundation of the Société Chimique de la Route
The foundation of a company is often the result of a meeting. The creation of SCR is due to the will of three young chemical engineers, Michel Trux, Marcel Reynaud and Alexandre Colon.
Construction of the first stretch of the A13 motorway
Work on the prestigious site of the A13, the first motorway to be built in France, employed a large proportion of the 500 employees of SAE for 4 years.
Creation of Gerland Routes
The company Chimique de Gerland (founded in Lyon in 1908 by the engineer Joseph Courbier), undertook its first road construction project in 1948, subsequently becoming a company wholly dedicated to road construction.
Fougerolle builds the Tancarville bridge
With a length of 1,360 metres, the Tancarville bridge was, at the time, the longest suspension bridge in Europe.
The first stretch of the A6 motorway, known as the "Autoroute du Soleil" (the sun motorway), is inaugurated.
The Sydney Opera House (Australia)
The construction of the Sydney Opera House lasted from 1963 to 1973. The architectural creation was extremely daring.
Forclum wins the contract for the overall technical management of the Forum des Halles in Paris. 
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
The construction of the Palais Omnisports at Paris-Bercy allows more than 110 events per year to be organised, with a capacity of 17,000 spectators. 
Jakarta airport
The award of the contract for the extension of Jakarta airport considerably strengthens the position of SAE as one of the major construction companies on the international market.
Louvre pyramid
Eiffel, today Eiffage Construction Métallique, constructs the new Paris emblem: the Louvre pyramid, a structure symbolising the renewal of the world's largest museum.