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Built2Spec Report Summary

Project ID: 637221
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Built2Spec (Built to Specifications: Self-Inspection, 3D Modelling, Management and Quality-Check Tools for the 21st Century Construction Worksite)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Built2Spec brings together a new and breakthrough set of technological advances for self-inspection and quality assurance that will be put into the hands of construction stakeholders to help meeting EU energy efficiency targets, new build standards, and related policy ambitions. B2S will expand upon a cloud based construction support platform, conceived following the most advanced integrated design and delivery framework for the building sector and hosting applications that facilitate worksite activities and quality compliance by putting knowledge in hands of contractors, in the form of shared design specifications and 3D models, installation guidelines, information on regulatory frameworks, and help from construction experts on smartphones and tablets. New self-inspection technologies managed within the platform and developed in the project include:
- Special IR camera in smartphones coupled with new mathematical “reverse” models for on-the-fly analysis of existing buildings envelope thermal properties.
- Rapid BIM modelling via instant 3D capture with smartphones, passed via the cloud to the refurbishment team backoffice, allowing accurate instant energy efficiency evaluation, quality check and streamlined quotation process.
- Portable, innovative low pressure air tightness technique allowing testing of occupied buildings.
- Smart sensor and RFID embedded construction elements (identification, structural performance, and building environment parameters).
- Portable single device for Indoor Air Quality tests offering multi-gas capabilities targeting the most harmful gas pollutants.
- A novel lightweight portable sound source for on-site acoustic tests to regulation compliance.
The B2S system will be integrated into the operations of SME contractors, large construction firms, and end user clients directly within the consortium and work program activities, assuring systematic and scientific performance measures, feedback and powerful exploitation and dissemination strategies.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first year most of the tasks and technical activities have started, in perfect agreement with the expectations.
The activities concerning the specification of the quality checks and self-inspection framework to be tackled by the project (Work Package 1 or WP1) was to be completed by month 12. They deliver a large part of the results corresponding to the first reporting period (year 1). WP1 resulted in providing inputs for all the others technical WPs (WP2 to WP6). More particularly, main WP1 objectives were to:
- Document the best practices of innovative design approaches and consortium partners backgrounds/products/activities.
- Identify the elements with the highest value for the construction management platform to be developed during the project.
- Document and develop the self-inspection and quality check measures the project covers.
- Gather end-user needs and expectations about self-inspection and quality check tools in several EU countries via desktop work, stakeholders workshops, etc.
- Propose a system architecture that supports the proposed framework.
WP1 reached its objectives and the results obtained serve as a basis for a relevant positioning of the project regarding the construction projects reality and needs in Europe. The conclusions of WP1 developments are then expressed in the form of requirements for quality checks use cases, to be integrated by the next work packages (WP2 to WP6) as a starting point for their development. Most of these technical work packages have started, corresponding to various technical fields: thermal inspection (WP2), acoustic/air tightness/indoor air quality (WP3), smart materials/BIM/imagery techniques (WP4), and more recently quality assurance methods (WP5). After only a few months, already considerable and concrete progress has been made on several of these technology developments, as detailed in the following sections of this report.
During next year (month 13 to 24), these developments (WP2 to WP5) will go on and WP6 dealing with the development of the virtual construction management platform (VCMP) will start: it will integrates most of the results from WP2 to WP5. Pilot testing activities (WP7) will start during the third year of the project.
The first year was very intense concerning exploitation (WP8) and communication activities (WP9). The main results are: the set-up of a watch activities platform (B2S Flipboard magazine), the construction of the website, 2 newsletters, 2 press releases, the production of various communication materials (e.g. 500 brochures), social media activities, the construction of the Built2Spec Stakeholder Community, the organization of at least 4 workshop events, and at least 34 reported dissemination activities (conferences, scientific publication, popular science articles, presentations, etc.).

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The first technical results (WP1) are gathered in 4 deliverables that include a large variety of information from various European construction contexts, stakeholders and processes. Detailed results are obtained concerning various topics: best practices in design and construction, adoption and adaptation of IDDS approaches by Built2Spec, complete stakeholders mapping (roles and obligations), main issues faced by the stakeholders, regulation contexts, business as usual quality checks, future high potential self-inspection techniques, solutions to reduce the performance gap, proposal of requirements for new use cases to face the needs in terms of quality checks, system architecture based on the previously defined requirements and to be integrated in the future construction management platform. The analysis of the stakeholders context and needs across various European countries represents a new result compared with the references mentioned in the deliverables of WP1.
The consortium thus established the link between the needs observed on the market and the requirements that will serve as a basis of the technical developments of the projects. These developments have started on most of the technical work packages: new thermal inspection techniques (WP2), acoustic inspection techniques (WP3), indoor air quality measurement methods (WP3), innovative airtightness test system to be used in self-inspection context (WP3), smart materials and embedded sensors (WP4), BIM integration for quality check (WP4), 3D scanning and aerial imagery techniques (WP4), automated quality assurance and compliance method (WP5). On each of these technical fields, the developments are allowing progress beyond the state of art, together with a maximized impact in terms of self-inspection and quality checks solutions.

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