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Digital Platform for Construction in Europe

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - DigiPLACE (Digital Platform for Construction in Europe)

Período documentado: 2019-09-01 hasta 2021-05-31

The European construction employs 18 million people and represents 9% of EU GDP. However, half a billion of EU inhabitants live, work and travel in the built environment shaped by construction industry and create 100% of the GDP in it. Well built, used and maintained built environment (including buildings, infrastructures and linked services) is therefore crucial to address the societal challenges of the EU. This sector is therefore moving into the centre of attention of policymaking, innovation and research. Nevertheless, the construction sector is lagging behind in digitalisation, even behind agriculture.
Governments, owners and users are dealing with climate change, resource efficiency, aging populations, social sensitivities, urbanisation, migration, ageing infrastructures, as well as constrained budgets and spatial interventions as key aspects of their policy and projects. Construction is a driver for economic growth and a tool for anti-cyclic policies in the times of crisis – as the Juncker plan well demonstrated. It is home to 3 million companies, most of which are SMEs. An innovative, competitive and growing construction sector is crucial for tackling these challenges. DigiPLACE is about charting the modernization path of European construction industry under the headline of Construction 4.0.
Achieving the vison of Construction 4.0 and the resulting Built Environment 4.0 will require a technological evolution and massive drive of innovation, both in technology, in value chain organization and in innovation patterns. The value chains of the future will be integrated and digitised. The key to achieving modernization of construction is the modernization of the business environment and of the innovation environment. The most important concept for achieving this are platforms. Platforms have proved to be extremely successful in modernizing many consumer-oriented businesses – both the business as well as the innovation aspect. For the digital native businesses and technologies this transition has been quite natural. Not so for traditional industries.
The highest-level objective of the DigiPLACE project is to create a reference architecture framework for the digital industrial platform for the construction sector based on a shared consensus.
DigiPLACE is based on four main pillars: a) the definition and activation of the Advisory Board (AB) and of the Community of Stakeholders (CoS), b) the understanding of the digital technologies and tools adoption in the EU construction sector including a comparative analysis between construction and other industrial sectors (WP3) integrated with the analysis of barriers and needs in the construction sector (WP4), c) the development of the DigiPLACE Reference Architecture Framework (WP5), and the definition of a Strategic Roadmap for the application of the RAF (WP6). By the end of the project the AB demonstrated an excellent engagement in the project activities and all the scheduled meeting have been held. The CoS reached a good number of members and a dedicated set of actions have been analysed to guarantee the continuity of the Community after the project end.
The DigiPLACE project has developed a Reference Architecture Framework (RAF) for digital construction platforms based on an EU-wide consensus involving a large community of stakeholders, providing an evolving structured set of guidelines, recommendations and development/deployment guidance that should be the gro