CONSTRUCTION 4.0 @ SAIE 2020
In recent years the construction industry has faced a number of challenges: climate change, sustainability, lagging productivity, and financial pressure. Different construction professionals have proposed individual solutions or insights, but they are still looking for a comprehensive response to these trends. Meanwhile, universities, research centers, start-ups, and forward-looking companies, have proposed various solutions to address critical issues that could simultaneously create significant business opportunities for the construction industry.
INDEXLAB, in the context of SAIE 2020, presents its research in collaboration with partner companies, coordinating the "CONSTRUCTION 4.0" demonstration area. The projects presented contribute to define new paradigms of "digital construction" from an industry 4.0 perspective, through prototypes that promote cloud-based integrated architectural design, prefabrication processes, monitoring and maintenance of buildings.
Trends that shape the construction industry
Cloud-based solutions for collecting and sharing information; digital testing and validation processes; data analysis and processing using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms; blockchain technology implementation for payment processing and validation, through traceability and "smart" contracts.
Software and methodologies for multi-dimensional design, ranging from parametric three-dimensional modeling to production planning; virtual and augmented reality technologies for new design methods and representation systems; computational design methodologies for product optimization in advanced production settings.
“Off-site” digital manufacturing systems and innovative solutions developed for a flexible supply chain management. Lean production systems: from raw to composite materials, from semi-finished products to high-tech sub-components. Modular prefabrication systems, automated assembly, additive manufacturing and robotic processing and machining.
Prototypes of innovative construction solutions with high technological and performance standards. Construction site support systems, managing building components, from their installation planning to their assembly. Monitoring of on-site activities and progress validation through “mixed reality” systems, robots, drones and digital platforms for remote interaction.
Technological solutions for automated building maintenance, from cable-robots for façades cleaning to service robots for interior space maintenance and management. Solutions for product life cycle analysis. Digital tools for the security and operational management of buildings, that meet users’ needs.
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Administration, logistics and communication
Eleonora Della Rosa
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Giuseppe Andrea Ferro
Daniel Suarez Riera
UNIVERSITA’ DI MESSINA
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