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Industrial Software Engineering

Construction Factory

The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive conceptual description that can be used as a basis for future implementation and industrialization. The project focuses on road construction, with associated aggregate and asphalt production.

Start

2018-12-01

Planned completion

2021-06-30

Main financing

Energimyndigheten, Forskningsrådet Formas, Vinnova

Collaboration partners

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sandvik AB, Skanska AB, Trafikverket, Volvo Construction Equipment AB

Project manager at MDH

Professor

Jakob Axelsson

jakob.axelsson@mdh.se

Background

The construction industry is plagued by low productivity and has a major impact on the environment. This is largely a consequence of poor coordination of production resources, in comparison with the manufacturing industry, which is due to the very dynamic and mobile processes used in construction.

The vision of this project is to go from today's focus on individual machines and instead view the entire workplace as a coordinated and optimized process, a Construction Factory. This is achieved through innovative use of system-of-systems principles, as well as ideas from Industry 4.0, within this domain. The concepts will be validated in a real-world demonstration of asphalt paving and compactation.

Goal of the project

The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive conceptual description that can be used as a basis for future implementation and industrialization. The focus of the work is therefore on identifying the key actors who need to interact and their incentives; through value-flow and life cycle analysis identify where improvements can be put in place; as well as developing architecture description and information representation to understand which building blocks are available and how to communicate. The project will focus on road construction, with associated aggregate and asphalt production.

 

This research relates to the following sustainable development goals

Decent work and economic growth. Sustainable development goal 8.

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure. Sustainable development goal 9.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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Sustainable cities and communities. Sustainable development goal 11.

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Responsible consumption and production. Sustainable development goal 12.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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Climate action. Sustainable development goal 13.

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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