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Webinar - Practical Tools for the Construction Sector in Digital Twin

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On 4th October and organised by COGITO project, BUILD UP hosted the webinar "Practical Tools for the Construction Sector in Digital Twin", recommended for everybody interested in Digital Twin and current practical solutions in that area. During this session, we were able to know about the learning and progress that this project has made and to know the opinions of the audience about this topic through different polls.

Moderated by Agnieszka Mikołajczyk, from ASM Research, the session addressed one of the COGITO project challenges: Towards minimising construction project time/cost overruns and alleviate workplace accidents, COGITO targets to a semantic and pragmatic alignment between novel data capture techniques and delivery of value-adding end-user services.


To face it, the project introduces a real-time digital representation (twin) of a construction project, using methods to ensure interoperability among the different components and technologies constituting the digital twin ecosystem.


Giorgos Giannakis, from Hypertech, was the first one to take the floor to say that "the construction phase has so far been overlooked by the Digital Twin community, and the lack of commonly agreed standards and low interoperability among collected data reveal a major drawback to the enterprises' digital transformation". On the other hand, he brought some light to the solution: development and delivery of (1) a transparent digital data management platform and (2) digital Construction 4.0 toolbox that contributes to productivity improvement and increased safety.


After this presentation, Thanos Tsakiris, from the Information Technologies Institute, talked about the Visual Data Pre-processing Tool and highlighted the steps that the tool needs to follow: 


  • Select a construction project
  • View the on-going work orders
  • Upload the necessary files
  • Send the files to the DTP (the Digital Twin Platform will provide the necessary data to the appropiate Quality Control Tool).

In third place, it was the time to speak about Geometric Quality Control, conducted by Martin Bueno Esposito, Research Associate in Civil and Environment Engineering for the School of Engineering at University of Edinburgh. An important part of his intervention revolved around this question: "Which QC rules are passed, failed, not controlled? And why?".


Thereafter, Tsakiris took the floor again to explain the functioning of two of the tools that are currently in place: Visual Quality Control (for automated defects detection in pictures acquired on site) and DigiTAR (on-site Augmented Reality-based Digital Twin information visualisation and decision making).


Giannakis was the speaker in charge of closing this presentations, talking about the Digital Command Centre - DCC (off-site Digital Twin information visualisation). In addition, the audience was asked about their knowledge of all the topics discussed in the webinar and also how they would like to be involved in the COGITO project.


At the end of the session, a Q&A space was opened where the panellists responded to questions raised by the audience.