Reports

CORPORATE IDENTITY PACKAGE OF THE PROJECT
CORPORATE IDENTITY PACKAGE OF THE PROJECT

This cooperate package or identity kit is founded on some allegorical images that communicate simple concepts related to this project, first of all its complex nature and its power of renewal the process and built.BIM4EEB provides tool that will improve as consequence a sustainable environment. Also it will offer an ontology to interlink the elements of renovation workflows –objects, activities, resources, sensors -to satisfy the representational needs of modern construction planning methods and practices with a specific emphasis on the preconditions and effects of activities, temporal predicates, and multiple world representation. In the identity kit we tried to bring back many of these concepts as we will see later starting from the logo.

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PRESS KIT
PRESS KIT

This cooperate package or identity kit is founded on some allegorical images that communicate simple concepts related to this project, first of all its complex nature and its power of renewal the process and built.BIM4EEB provides tool that will improve as consequence a sustainable environment.Also it will offer an ontology to interlink the elements of renovation workflows –objects, activities, resources, sensors -to satisfy the representational needs of modern construction planning methods and practices with a specific emphasis on the preconditions and effects of activities, temporal predicates, and multiple world representation. In the identity kit we tried to bring back many of these concepts as we will see later starting from the logo.

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PROJECT WEBSITE
PROJECT WEBSITE

BIM4EEB website has been just launched. There are three strengths of the visual identity of the site: • clear identity with respect to the identity of the project; • strong iconographic presence; • project that changes over time depending on the project timeline Its strength as a tool for communication is to have a strong possibility to spread information through the channels linked with it: Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube using clear and simple language, short news and image as a link to new concepts. The website is planned to be the first window of the project and hopefully will be linked to sister projects containing their links and giving everybody the possibility to grow in dissemination activities.

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PROMOTIONAL  MATERIAL PACKAGE
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL PACKAGE

A promotional material package is a collection of tools for partners that builds a coherent statement of the project. It includes the positioning of the coordinated identity of the project for different target, specialized one or only curious one, allowing people to be aware of the main features, goals, progress and results of the project. The materials have been created in a clear and direct way, avoiding celebratory tones, going deep into the materials it concerns with no fear. The project considers images representing: • less performing buildings • new buildings • construction phases, site included; • the BIM Toolkit and BIM tools. • stakeholders • tenants The logo describes the core of the project: it summarises different ideas connecting ideas of complexity of the processes it improves, its pragmatic nature, the renewal of the process. Its presence in the whole materials assure the belonging to the project intention

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List of Designers’ Needs and Requirements for BIM-Based Renovation Processes
List of Designers’ Needs and Requirements for BIM-Based Renovation Processes

Key elements in the renovation process are the performance based building design in the early phases, where the most important decisions are made according to costs and performance, and enhanced collaborative design work. All tools should comply and support this approach. The performance based building design process assumes that design selections are validated against the Owners Project Requirements (OPR’s) in each design stage before moving to a following design stage. The BIM Assisted Scenario Simulator will tackle the complexity of the energy and indoor climate design by speeding up the decision making, enhancing the collaboration between the design domains and enabling the cross domain transparency of the technical details in the design team, that results in better indoor climate and energy selections in the renovation.

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List of construction companies’ needs and requirements for BIM-based renovation processes
List of construction companies’ needs and requirements for BIM-based renovation processes

The construction sector (AEC) has been facing several changes related to technology and innovation in order to improve the building process. Some enterprises are already making moves towards digitalization and are achieving good results, but some barriers exist when trying to adopt a new approach. The goal of the research presented in this deliverable is to identify construction companies’ needs to promote the development of an efficient and effective way to exchange information. An online questionnaire was sent to construction companies in Europe in order to figure out the best way to help the companies to satisfy their needs. The respondents profile shows that they are responsible for different roles in the construction process and that they work with different types of projects. It has been proven that the exchange of information can be improved by using different management tools and by practicing collaboration between all the actors. It is possible to say that the companies’ main needs are the improvement of the exchange of information, by using better or more specific software of data management, as well as, by updating the drawings as soon as possible to avoid change during or after the construction phase. The results presented are valid not only for new buildings, but also for renovation practices. Renovations can be very complex from the point of view of data collection and information exchange, however there are technologies and team work collaboration methods already applied in new buildings project, that would improve the process and increase the quality of the deliverable if applied also to renovation projects.

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List of service companies’ needs and requirements for BIM-based renovation processes
List of service companies’ needs and requirements for BIM-based renovation processes

The report describes main information to be considered by service companies in case of a residential renovation. Within BIM4EEB project, information collected around buildings should be used for providing services as: energy analysis and audits, energy management, project design and implementation, maintenance and operation, monitoring and evaluation of savings, property/facility management, energy and/or equipment supply, provision of service (space heating, lighting, etc.). By outlining main barriers to be overcome and main benefits for stakeholders, the report presents needs and requirements to be considered in a digital environment, represented by the digital logbook that will be stored and accessed through the BIM Management system. As outlined in D2.1, the analysis of the requirements allows to ensure the best adaptation of the methodological and technological features of BIM4EEB toolkit to the specific needs.

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List of owners’ and inhabitants’ needs and requirements for BIM-based renovation processes
List of owners’ and inhabitants’ needs and requirements for BIM-based renovation processes

The scope of deliverable D2.5 is to identify the needs and requirements of the building owners and inhabitants in respect to renovation interventions, considering them as stakeholders of the BIM4EEB project and end-users of the proposed toolkits. This deliverable supplement the activities undertaken in Work Package 2, which details the definition of requirements for an efficient renovation process, through the utilisation of the BIM4EEB platform. The extraction of the building owners and inhabitants requirements is based on a “hybrid” engagement approach; driven by the feedback received from questionnaires circulated in the preselected pilot sites of Italy, Poland and Finland, along with engagement of the pilot site representative partners in semi-structured interviews (ALER & Reg Lomb being responsible for the Italian site, Prochem being responsible for the Polish site and Caverion being responsible for the Finnish site). The outcome of this document resulted in the documentation of the building owners and inhabitants requirements including some technical and non-functional requirements, as well as pilot specific requirements and ethical, legal barriers as identified from the pilot site representative partners. The final list of the extracted requirements will form the basis for the design and development of the work packages of the BIM4EEB project, as well as provide the required inputs for the definition of the BIM4EEB technology framework architecture and specifications.

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API, Master End-User Front End
API, Master End-User Front End

This deliverable provides the documentation for the BIM Management System (BIMMS) Application Programming Interfaces (API) and the BIMMS front end user manual. The BIMMS is a platform built around a Common Data Environment (CDE) that stores all the data and information gathered through different sources and along the whole building life-cycle. The APIs are a set of procedures that define the interaction between two applications in order to exchange data and perform tasks. In light of these considerations, the APIs documentation helps the developers to connect their applications within the BIMMS. The front end user manual helps the end users on how to use the BIMMS web portal.

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Guidelines for the integration of new tools in the BIM Management System
Guidelines for the integration of new tools in the BIM Management System

The aim of this deliverable is the development of guidelines for the integration of new tools in the BIM Management System (BIMMS). The BIMMS platform is composed of set of digital tools (BIM4EEB toolkit) in order to support BIM-based building renovation. The guidelines has been established taking into account several aspects: (1) the advancements in modern architectural models used by web applications with new workflows and standards, (2) the data exchange requirements defined for the whole BIMMS Platform, and (3) the toolkit developed by the other project partners in the respective WPs and , introducing workflows, standards and methods. The integration of new tools will help to support and to provide attractive solutions for building retrofitting for designers, construction companies, owners, officials and end users.

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Report of Existing Techniques and Recommendation of Mapping Technique
Report of Existing Techniques and Recommendation of Mapping Technique

Fast mapping of buildings is a key factor in the renovation process. This report investigates different mapping techniques and gives a recommendation for the use in BIM4EEB project. Recommendations of fast mapping technique depends on how fast the mapping needs to be and also how good accuracy that is needed. The accuracy decided in the project goals should be not more than 1 cm deviation. Only one solution tested for this report actually matched the project goal of reducing the time for mapping a building. That was the the app called Magic floor plan. In this app the user is aided with image recognition and AR technology to select only the important features of a room (such as corners). This data is then instantly converted to a 3d model (but with a low accuracy). In terms of scanning walls, investigations of different sensing technologies has been done. Because none of the products meet the requirements themselves, the recommendations are to combine technologies and positioning systems. A solution that automatically create a model from scanning has not been found

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Methods and tools for selecting devices and linking them to the generic model
Methods and tools for selecting devices and linking them to the generic model

This deliverable D6.2 covers Research and Development (R&D) results and explains the supporting tools for relative stakeholders involved in renovation of existing buildings at the post-procurement phase. The outcome is based on the existing AUTERAS tool suite. That tool suite was initially developed by the TUD and originally designed to outline new Room Automation Systems (RAS) during the planning phase of their development. RAS are part of Building Automation and Control Systems (BAC). The limitation of RAS results is based on the availability of semantical functionality descriptions, which are currently only available for RAS functions. Furthermore, this report summaries enhancements of the AUTERAS suite in order to fulfil new renovation tasks. Some main improvements include an IFC importing for existing building data – a new methodology to cope with retrofit scenarios and for replacement of the existing device search algorithms. This works for the automatic design generation which had to be revised to enable it to handle the renovating task. The “IFC importer” enables an AUTERAS’ user to reutilize existing data about those buildings under renovation. It is designed as a “web-service interface” to access IFC documentation (located in the BIM Management System, BIMMS) allowing an automated rebuild of the known building’s structure within the AUTERAS tool. To properly integrate this information with the AUTERAS suite for the new scenario of retrofit, the following had to be considered: new user guidance; handling design generation requests; and representation of results. Thus, the device-search algorithm, as the core component of the automatic design generation process, had to be enhanced in order to handle existing designs on the initial planning phase. The reworked design generation option was integrated into the new workflow to improve users’ experience when selecting, replacing and linking devices in the existing layouts of generic model

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Ambient User Interface
Ambient User Interface

The main purpose of this deliverable is to develop a user-friendly web-based application dedicated to building occupants (i.e. Inhabitants and Owners), enabling them to be part of the BIM4EEB project ecosystem. More specifically, the building occupants should be able to provide input regarding their comfort preferences towards the extraction of their accurate comfort profiles, enhancing that way the personalization of the different applications developed in the BIM4EEB project. In addition, through the provision of context analytics dashboards, building occupants can get insights about their personal comfort preferences and further comfort related context analytics; as well as monitor their energy consumption on the way to raise occupant’s awareness in energy efficiency and their buildings energy performance. Upon consideration of the main requirements identified in the project complemented by the BIM4EEB pilot site representatives’ partners’ feedback; the developed application offers the following three major functionalities for building occupants: 1. Visualisation of both real time and historical information regarding individual comfort related parameters such as indoor/outdoor temperature, humidity, air quality and Illuminance; supplemented with context analytics. 2. Occupants input provision regarding their thermal and visual comfort status against set values of temperature, illuminance 3. Visualisation of energy consumption at apartment level, through a user-friendly dashboard, supplemented with context analytics Different views are available for the two stakeholder types: inhabitants and owners taking into account the level of details on the available information. Also, the overall framework is developed in a modular approach ensuring the proper visualization of information considering the level of data availability on each building site. The above-mentioned functionalities are provided with the context of the developed application, named as: BIM4Occupants - An application for building occupants engagement and interaction. Additional views are incorporated in the app (under the context of T7.2) towards setting a holistic building management framework for building occupants and building owners.

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