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Breakthrough European tEchnologies Yielding cOnstruction sovereigNty, Diversity & Efficiency of ResourceS

Project description

Sophisticated technologies for construction sector support

Europe’s ageing workforce and labour shortage in the construction sector, triggered by demographic trends, need support. The EU-funded BEEYONDERS project will design, develop, and integrate innovative technologies including artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles to help the sector become more efficient and attractive to young people. These sophisticated tools will also boost safety, productivity, quality, and the environmental impact of construction projects. In collaboration with key stakeholders, BEEYONDERS will develop sophisticated solutions that will ensure the safety, well-being, and training of workers through the testing and validation of case studies focusing on buildings, maritime infrastructures, road maintenance and construction, and tunnels. The work will benefit the workforce, draw in future workers, and support gender equality.

Objective

Demographic trends in Europe are posing a challenge to the construction sector, which is facing labour shortage, and an aging existing workforce. This can be addressed through the integrated adoption of breakthrough technologies, e.g. autonomous vehicles, collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing, smart wearables, digital twin, and artificial intelligence, which can help to get construction tasks done with more efficacy, while at the same time making the sector more attractive to young people, and improving the safety, productivity, quality and environmental impact of construction projects. BEEYONDERS will take a leap forward in the design, development, and integration of these breakthrough technologies in real construction scenarios, bringing together the capabilities of European stakeholders, thus also demonstrating how the dependency on technology import from outside Europe can be reduced. Solutions will be developed for supporting the integration of autonomous and tele-operated, ground and aerial robotic platforms and heavy equipment in harsh environments. Innovative additive manufacturing solutions will be developed for resource optimization and for protection of biodiversity in maritime works. Safety, wellbeing, and training of workers will be improved through the development of exoskeletons, advanced wearables, and learning resources supported by XR technologies. A Digital Twin enriched with AI-based layers for decision-making will support seamless integration and management of all Project technologies. These will be tested and validated in 6 demonstration case studies covering different project typologies: tunnels, earthworks for road construction, buildings, maritime infrastructures, and road maintenance. BEEYONDERS impact will be evaluated both from the point of view of users? acceptance (e.g. benefits for aging workforce, attraction of young workers, contribution to gender balance in construction) and environment(e.g.LCA&LCC applied to all project).

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Coordinator

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Net EU contribution
€ 817 562,00
Address
Calle mesena 80
28033 Madrid
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
€ 0,50

Participants (25)