Digitalisation and DigiPLACE project

25/11/2021

  • This article was originally written by DigiPlace for the EDA Yearbook 2021.

A project that was lasting almost two years. An EU-funded action which gathered 19 partners from 11 countries. A project that represented the first proposal ever targeting the digital transformation of the construction industry. This was DigiPLACE. A project that ran from September 2019 to May 2021.

The Closing Conference that took place at the end of May 2021 showed the project’s outcomes, future perspectives in the digital transition and summed up the main activities and aims that were set at the beginning of the project.

So, what was the DigiPLACE project about?

The project – whose first meeting took place in September 2019 – aimed at creating a roadmap for a digital platform for construction in Europe. Such a digital platform should present an operating system that integrates different technologies and various applications and services.

To remain competitive in an increasingly globalized market, the EU economy must transform itself digitally. The construction sector is known for a high presence of SMEs, low capitalization, a low rate of higher educated employees, low investment in innovation, and a long supply chain. DigiPLACE tried to address those issues, as digitalization is nowadays the main driver of productivity growth in all industries.

DigiPLACE is a framework helping the development of future digital platforms as common ecosystems of digital services that support innovation, commerce, and digitalization. The project defined the Reference Architecture Framework (RAF) for the digital construction platforms coming from an EU-wide consensus of the large community of stakeholders, and gradually developing a set of guidelines and recommendations. All these guidelines should present a foundation for a generalization of these future digital platforms as common ecosystems of digital services that will support innovation, public procurements, commerce, etc.

The DigiPLACE project outcome is also a strategic roadmap that aims at the successful implementation of the RAF. This document sets the scope and targets of future activities to be undertaken in the 2021-2027 period. This aims at making the upscaling of construction digital platforms and services a reality by the end of this decade, together with the ambition of linking EU, national, regional levels.

DigiPLACE is a framework helping the development of future digital platforms as common ecosystems of digital services that support innovation, commerce, and digitalization. The project defined the Reference Architecture Framework (RAF) for the digital construction platforms coming from an EU-wide consensus of the large community of stakeholders, and gradually developing a set of guidelines and recommendations. All these guidelines should present a foundation for a generalization of these future digital platforms as common ecosystems of digital services that will support innovation, public procurements, commerce, etc.

The project that involved 19 partners, and was led by Politecnico di Milano, helped to build a foundation for building logbooks, as information management tools, organizing, and allowing data sharing to potentially enable better decision-making across the entire value chain. This improved decision-making can impact key aspects such as management of technical and functional aspects, safety, conservation of economic value, certification, improved energy, and environmental performances.

For more information, please visit www.digiplaceproject.eu

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