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    Virtual Construction Platform

    The construction sector is the largest industrial sector with a portion of approx. 10% of the entire European GDP. Changes brought around by „virtual planning, production and operation“ will have the largest economical impact across the whole European construction market. This is especially the case when it is taken into account that the construction industry has under-proportionally participated in developing new technology in this area.

    The planning and production methods of other industrial sectors, such as the automobile or the shipbuilding industry, have been subject to fundamental changes in the past years. The core element of this change is virtual product development using computer models. Before a product is produced it has already been designed and constructed in 3D within a virtual environment. This makes it possible to do sustainable analysis and calculations over the entire product life cycle at a very early stage, i.e. from the design idea right up to the final disposal of the product. Especially by simulating the production process and the operation period products can be optimised. These developments will not take halt before the construction industry.

    ENCORD member companies are prepared to face the challenge of implementing these revolutionary approaches to our way of working.

    ENCORD VCP members and other partners have also initiated the 5d Initiative with the goal of describing common requirements of the European construction industry for the development of new innovative tools by the hard and software industry. See the webpage www.5d-initiative.eu for more details.

    Find below a summary of some of the group´s meetings:

    Call on Smart and Sustainable Cities for demostration projects

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    The “Smart and Sustainable Cities” cross-cutting focus area has a clear aim to bring together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs. The scope includes the creation of urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility, smart tools and services, innovative nature-based solutions and showcasing economic viability.

    The following calls have a deadline on 8 March 2016 at 17:00 (Brussels time):

    • SCC-02-2016-2017: Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities
    • SCC-03-2016: New governance, business, financing models and economic impact assessment tools for sustainable cities with nature-based solutions (urban re-naturing)
    • SCC-04-2016: Sustainable urbanisation.

    Access more information on these calls and the Submission Service on the participant portal here.

    29th meeting ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform April 2014

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    The ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform met for their 29th meeting on 13-14 April 2015 in Paris, France. The workshop was organized by Vinci.

    The topic for the meeting was “Real time construction project control”:

    • Best practices and input from the ENCORD Companies.
    • Guest speakers for solution providers: ERP, Planning, Estimation, Logistic domains.
    • Link to innovative startups (location houses many innovative companies).
    • Supply Chain Management speaker.
    • Visit to one of the biggest building sites in Paris.

    Some topics were discussed:

    – What benefits do we seek?
    – What is really working , what is not?
    – Do we mean the same things, is the complexity understood?
    – Can model data actually evolve?
    – How involved is the supply chain?
    – What are lessons learned to things work?
    – What are solution directions various software vendors seek?

    Thank you
    ENCORD VCP would like to thank the host Vinci for making this excellent meeting possible.

    Next meeting:
    October 2015, hosted by NCC in Sweden.

    28th meeting ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform October 2014

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    The ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform met for their 28th meeting on 14-15 October 2014 in Madrid, Spain. The workshop was organized by OHL.

    14 participants from 10 member companies attended the workshop, and the Universities of Helsinki, Oulu, Stanford, Twente and Brescia. With the following guest speakers: Prof. Angelo Ciribini, As. Prof. Timo Hartmann, Prof. Martin Fischer, Prof. Hannele Kerosuo, Researcher Tarja Mäki, Prod. Man. Jukka Suomi, Miguel Amerigo and Prof Rauno Heikkilä.

    Best Practice Highlight Actions from BOUYGUES, HOCHTIEF, HILTI, OHL, NCC, BAM, UPONOR, FERROVIAL, VINCI and DRAGADOS were shown.

    SOme topics were discussed:

    • Are the next waves? (beyond the ones we see)
    • Overview what is possible in 5 years
    • Robotics, Wearables, Simulations, 3D printing decision support, data mining, smart cities, …
    • Are leading institutes exploring?
    • Sre Encord companies exploring?
    • Is our role… the guys who enabled to manage the information…?
    • Is solved before we can look ahead?

    Thank you
    ENCORD VCP would like to thank the host OHL for making this excellent meeting possible.

    Next meeting:
    April 2015, hosted by Vinci in Paris, France.

    27th meeting ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform April 2014

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    The ENCORD Virtual Construction Platform met for their 27th (twenty-seventh) meeting on 14 and 15 April 2014 at Microsoft’s headoffice in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands. The work-shop was organized by Royal BAM Group and Ballast Nedam in collaboration with Microsoft.

    The main topics of the meeting were:
    • Microsoft – Construction Industry introduction – Impact of technology
    • Big Data & Smart Buildings
    • Innovation streamlining
    • Microsoft hardware in construction
    • New Way of Working environment (visit MS office)
    • Visit Ballast Nedam Building Site – Hilton Schiphol Hotel
    • Best Practices / What’s new presentations by participants

    The first day of the ENCORD VCP meeting was well cared for by Microsoft. Several speakers from Microsoft presented their view on the role of Microsoft’s software, hardware and services in the construction sector. Topics like big data, smart buildings, facility management, cloud computing, devices for use in engineering and construction and innovation management using tok! on top of Microsoft’s SharePoint platform were presented. Menno de Jonge from Ballast Nedam talked about the Plug & Play Core stadium concept which was delivered using the tok! formula.

    The second day of the ENCORD VCP meeting started at Microsoft’s office with a number of Best Practice / What’s new presentations, which were presented by 8 of the 10 present ENCORD member companies. The presentations were alternated with a workshop on determining the 3 main technologies that will influence our BIM implementations and how these three technologies will be influenced indirectly.
    In the afternoon we moved our meeting to the project site of the Schiphol Hilton Hotel which is being built by Ballast Nedam. After an introduction about the Schiphol Hilton Hotel project we continued with the remaining Best Practice / What’s new presentations. For the interested members a tour through the Schiphol Hilton Hotel project was provided by Ballast Nedam.

    For this meeting we invited 2 external guests: Microsoft and ETTU.

    Thank you
    ENCORD VCP would like to thank the host BAM, Ballast Nedam and Microsoft for making this meeting possible. Of course we would also like to thank Microsoft and Ballast Nedam for making available a meeting location and catering for the meeting.

    Tekla European BIM Forum 2014-February 13-14 I Berlin, Germany

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    The building and construction industry faces many challenges. It requires companies to constantly adapt to new circumstances, be more efficient and produce less waste. The process of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is today viewed as the key method to transform the industry and give companies the competitive edge they need. The Tekla European BIM Forum 2014 explores the possibilities of this revolution and brings you the insights and strategies for success.

    The Tekla European BIM Forum 2014 is a high profile industry and networking event, aiming to educate decision makers in the European building and construction industry about the possibilities and opportunities of Building Information Modeling (BIM). The forum gives participants the opportunity to learn about current trends, the strategies and success stories of other companies and meet new, like-minded business connections.

    This year’s BIM Forum focuses on three central themes, examining the standards, strategies and processes for the successful implementation and utilization of BIM. We are proud to present three renowned key note speakers for these themes, which will share their insights and experience.


    – STANDARDS: The role of governments, institutions and education in implementing BIM.
    – STRATEGY: Incorporating BIM into your business strategy.
    – PROCESS: Improving your company’s processes and workflows with BIM.


    – Paul Morrell, UK Government Advisor:
    Paul Morrell has recently completed his term as the UK government’s first Chief Construction Adviser and has supported the formulation of a new cross-government construction strategy in the UK, including a strategy for BIM.

    – Menno de Jonge, Director of Innovation, Ballast Nedam/ Vice President, ENCORD
    Menno de Jonge is the Director of Innovation at Ballast Nedam and active as Vice President of ENCORD, the European Network of Construction Companies in R&D and Innovation.

    – Dr. Rafael Sacks, Associate Professor, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
    Rafael Sacks is Associate Professor for Structural Engineering and Construction Management at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and has engaged in award-winning research in the field of BIM.

    For more speakers, agenda and partners visit: