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Assistants for Healthy, Safe, and Productive Virtual Construction Design, Operation & Maintenance using a Digitial Twin

Ashvin aims at enabling the European construction industry to significantly improve its productivity, while reducing cost and ensuring absolutely safe work conditions, by providing a proposal for a European wide digital twin standard, an open source digital twin platform integrating IoT and image technologies, and a set of tools and demonstrated procedures to apply the platform and the standard proven to guarantee specified productivity, cost, and safety improvements. The envisioned platform will provide a digital representation of the construction product at hand and allow to collect real-time digital data before, during, and after production of the product to continuously monitor changes in the environment and within the production process. Based on the platform, Ashvin will develop and demonstrate applications that use the digital twin data. These applications will allow it to fully leverage the potential of the IoT based digital twin platform to reach the expected impacts (better scheduling forecast by 20%; better allocation of resources and optimization of equipment usage; reduced number of accidents; reduction of construction projects). The Ashvin solutions will overcome worker protection and privacy issues that come with the tracking of construction activities, provide means to fuse video data and sensor data, integrate geo-monitoring data, provide multiphysics simulation methods for digital representing the behavior of a product (not only its shape), provide evidence based engineering methods to design for productivity and safety, provide 4D simulation and visualization methods of construction processes, and develop a lean planning process supported by real-time data. All innovations will be demonstrated on 10 real-world construction projects across Europe. The Ashvin consortium combines strong R&I players from 11 EU member states with strong expertise in construction and engineering management, digital twin technology, IoT, and data security / privacy.

Ashvin Tools by TU Berlin

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Lupe

Generative design modeller to support design for productivity, resource efficiency and safety

Generative design methods will be developed that allow designers to automatically generate many alternatives based on a specific set of input parameters. The application will also allow users to score each alternative based on developed KPIs for productivity, resource efficiency, and safety.

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Lupe

Simulation-based real-time construction site and logistics planning tool  

A tool to set-up discrete event based stochastic simulations of planned construction activities and site layouts. The tool will use stochastic productivity data tracked with the ASHVIN digital twin platform.

Acknowledgements

This research project is funded under the European Union’s program Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 958161.

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