ASHVIN demonstrated its innovations on real-world projects. These pilots involved over ten real-life projects across Europe from different construction areas.

#1 Bridges for high-speed railways in Spain

Plascencia-Bajadoz, Spain

Spanish design and engineering firm GEOCISA provided access to their monitoring effort of 3 bridges of different sizes and in different stages of the product development cycle (from design to construction to maintenance). The bridges varied in type, from simple underpasses to complex arch bridges. BIM models were available for the bridges and condition monitoring sensors were installed on several structures. ASHVIN demonstrated how to support the entire product delivery lifecycle for bridges and the ASHVIN interoperability solutions.

#2 Building Renovation

Gdansk/Gdynia, Poland

Partner FAS renovated one multi-family house built before WW2 with the goal of improving the energy efficiency of the buildings. The building is owned by the City of Gdynia, the unit responsible for the building management is the Municipal Buildings and Housing Administration of Gdynia. The build-up area is 260m2, and the heat is generated by the tiled stoves (for coal and wood). ASHVIN should provide accurate digital twin information of existing buildings as a baseline for better planning of the renovation process. The goal was to support the building owner and develop a digital twin that accurately describe the energetic behavior of the building.

#3 Airport runway in Croatia

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar Airport is situated in the middle of the Adriatic coast, and in 2019 was among the top 5 in terms of traffic growth. Therefore, the airport was extended and reconstructed. The project was planned to be executed in several phases. The first phase started in 2021, which included the extension of the runway and expansion of the terminal building and apron. The next phase includes the construction of the new passenger terminal, for which the design project has been finished. Within ASHVIN the implementation of a digital twin on Zadar airport demo site focused on the maintenance and condition monitoring of the existing runway.

#4 Logistics hall construction in Germany

Rinteln, Germany

The demo site is an industrial building located in Germany. During the pilot, the building was under construction. The building hosts state-of-the-art production facilities to ensure a Smart Factory. Overall, the building has a size of nearly 30.000 m². The structure of the building consists mainly of prefabricated components such as precast concrete pillars, steel walls, and steel roof panels. ASHVIN supported the planning and control of construction processes. As the building consists of prefabricated components, the whole construction process has a high degree of automation. A more automated construction process increases productivity on construction sites. However, this requires detailed information about the sequence of the construction process.

#5 Kineum office building in Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden

Project partner NCC is responsible for building a 27- story office building with integrated hotel and spa and a total height of 110 meters. The construction site is very small and health and safety a priority. Construction work is also required to consider the environment and the surrounding areas. The project aimed for a BREEAM certificate: Excellent in the office part and Very Good in the hotel part. For this complex project, ASHVIN focused on developing a dynamic digital twin with tailor-made support that fed back to site management. This provided an opportunity to demonstrate possibilities to integrate engineering data and construction planning and processes, building on historical and synthetic data for modern analyses in the digital twin.

#6 Office Buildings

Barcelona, Spain

BIS structures confirmed to provide a set of case studies as demonstrators. Demonstration buildings are located in Barcelona (Spain) and they are part of project 22@, also known as 22@Barcelona and “Innovation district”. The 22@Barcelona project changes the urban, social and functional structure of the central areas and contributes to the transformation of Barcelona from a City of Industrial Civilization into a City of Knowledge Civilization. Within ASHVIN, the project aimed at demonstrating how digital twin implementations through the life cycle can increase the productivity, resource efficiency, and safety of real projects in the buildings, bridges, and industrial market segments. The goal was to pull the digital threads and methodologies from other work packages and knit them into coherent solutions implemented in this demonstration project.

#7 Bridges in highway network in Spain

Castellbisbal, Catalonia, Spain

BAGH TECNICA committed to implement and demonstrate  ASHVIN technologies for the inspection of  structures located in Highway Networks of the provinces of Barcelona, owned by MITMA. ASHVIN technology was implemented to support inspecting a bridge with a total length of 800 meters. Structures were equipped with sensors, images and remote sensing. The corresponding digital twins were developed and the ASHVIN model matching methods and asset management applications were validated.

#8 Footbridge in Germany

Dortmund, Germany

Project partner SBP demonstrated evidence-based and generative design methods using their large portfolio of footbridges. The City of Dortmund was planning to replace the existing Lindemannstrasse foot and cycle path bridge, which connects Max-Ophüls-Platz with the forecourt of the Dortmund Trade Fair Centre. The bridge crosses the Rheinlanddamm, a highly frequented inner-city main road with six lanes. Within the framework of the ASHVIN project, an already existing project database was expanded. It contains data, experience and knowledge from previously implemented footbridges.  The data was filtered according to project-relevant performance and key performance indicators, i.e., safety, productivity, costs, and resource efficiency, and thus served as an orientation aid and benchmark in the design process. This database serves to assess design variants on an ongoing basis in the design phase.

#9 Sport stadium roof structure

Munich, Germany

Next to footbridges, project partner SBP demonstrated the evidence-based and generative design methods developed during the ASHVIN project on its sports stadium roof structures portfolio. The Olympic Roof in Munich was built for the 1972 Olympic Games. This impressive cable net structure is, from an aesthetic-architectural point of view and as a technical venture, an icon of the construction and engineering art of the second half of the 20th century. This project allowed us to demonstrate the possibilities to use digital twins to plan for productivity and safety using accurate digital representations of the envisioned structural behaviour within a digital twin environment.

#10 Quay wall in the Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. They are striving to develop intelligent infrastructure and one of the key assets they have identified is Smart Quay Walls. The ability to increase the utilisation of the infrastructure is key to keeping the Port competitive and they are undertaking significant research to develop the world’s smartest port. The focus of this work was on the development of a finite element model as a predictive twin of the quay wall. The combination of monitoring data and finite element analyses provided insight into physical mechanisms that allowed new understanding to be formulated that reflected actual quay wall response in a fundamental manner. Using the calibrated model, stress-tests can be performed, and field tests can be undertaken, for example, loading the back of the wall or dredging in front of the wall to confirm the model matches the actual performance in real-time. Together with the capacity models, probabilistic life-cycle models allowed the complete financial and environmental costs of such systems to be compared.