Five research groups from Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, and Luleå University cooperate in three research teams with the aim to build knowledge about the effects of increased digitization and industrialization in the construction sector. The work is performed in collaboration between the universities and companies and organizations active in the Real Estate, housing construction and and civil engineering.
The research teams will be composed of both PhD students and senior scientist with three different foci: Geodata, BIM, and industrial processes, will develop knowledge about how companies and organizations can manage the risks and opportunities of the structural, organizational and technological changes have created by a continuous flow of information. The project received go-ahead by the end of 2016 with the intent of running through to 2021.
"We have chosen to focus on the use of BIM models in municipalities for 3D Property Surveying and digital terrain models used by the Swedish Transport Administration. A challenge is to connect the reference systems for BIM / CAD and surveying / geodata / GIS and be able to "zoom seamlessly" between these", says Anna Jensen, Professor of Geodesy at KTH.
A common information infrastructure is the key to successful change. An uninterrupted flow of information with business-driven applications in BIM, Geodata and industrial processes creates advantages for businesses, users and society. The research teams will therefore support existing information structures as much as possible, for example, CoClass / BSAB. The uninterrupted flow of information will require changes, since far back functioning structures for information exchange, relationships between actors within and between projects, organizational structures for the implementation of projects involves research teams also must turn over the stones on the risks and changing demands of the digitized work methods may involve.
"We look at risk management in a digitalized process with special focus in the resistance and moisture damage. The challenge is to carefully develop BIM-based risk assessment systems that are of practical use for the entire industry as today's way of managing risk grading is not something people talk openly about or communicates openly", says Miklos Molnar is Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Lund University.
"We focus on the benefits of industrialization. We are interested in the ability of companies and thus also the risks and change the requirements for value chains to simultaneously manage the customization and standardized prefabricated solutions. We will examine the effectiveness of different types of value chains, the most customized, the fastest and the least environmental impactful through a BIM-based platform model" concludes Lars Stehn Professor of Industrial and sustainable building at Luleå University.
The results put forth by the research teams will be presented at seminars organized within Smart Built Environment, and in future newsletters.