The support: Digital Ecosystem for the dynamic planning and realization of infrastructure construction projects
The open and intelligent integration platform to be developed in this research project is intended to connect all organizations, systems, and people involved in a construction project, enable end-to-end data exchange, and provide quick and well-founded decision support for problems at the construction site at any time. This will improve transparency for all stakeholders involved in the construction project, optimize the underlying processes in infrastructure construction projects, and accelerate the processes at the construction site.
An example: If an excavator at a construction site unexpectedly delivers less output, this information can be transmitted in real time via the platform to the responsible process stakeholders. Planning changes can also be transmitted in this way without time delay and media breaks, if necessary all the way to the construction machines. This prevents planning backlogs and allows resources to be used sensibly throughout.
To check whether the current status of a construction site corresponds to the original plan, so-called “Digital Twins” are also used – virtual images, for example of construction machines. With their help, problems can be identified at an early stage and construction processes can be better replanned digitally.
As the technical-scientific project lead, Fraunhofer IESE takes care of ecosystem modeling and platform design, in particular – but also of the integration of Digital Twins and end-to-end data security.
The result: Mapping of a real-digital construction site to a central platform
Comprehensive linking of data – as well as continuous comparison of the planning with the actual situation – offers a great opportunity for infrastructure projects. In Infra-Bau 4.0, planning data is linked and supplemented by extensive “construction process data” reflecting the current construction situation. Thus, the platform simulates a real-digital construction site and the construction process can be recorded, analyzed, and optimized without delay.
For road builders and civil engineers, this is good news. After all, more efficient construction planning and implementation could give them more time – and thus more orders – in the long term.