Digital Deconstruction - Advanced Digital Solutions Supporting Reuse and High-Quality Recycling of Building Materials


Project Summary

Digital Deconstruction (DDC) is an innovated Interreg North West Europe project in which smart services are developed to make circular construction possible. And the environment green.

The project aims to develop an innovative digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools (3D scanning, Building Information Modelling, a digital materials & buildings database, blockchain technology) that helps to define the most sustainable and economical deconstruction and reuse strategy for building. By linking the digital system to innovative Building Information Model techniques, a cycle is created between design, construction and demolition. Scarce resources are reused in this way and will drastically reduce the huge CO2 emissions of the construction industry.

Researchers within the project are working on this open-source software system so engineers can reuse materials released from the dismantling of renovation and demolition projects in the construction industry and create a more sustainable future.

The project focuses on regions having set sustainable materials management, ecotechnologies, ICT and digitization in industry as one of their RIS3 priorities in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France, paving the way for roll-out to United Kingdom and Denmark. 

 

Project Development

 The project develops the following main outputs:

  1. An integrated DDC system at TRL7, to be made accessible to companies in IT, engineering, construction & real estate sector as an open-source software package for further development and integration to market-ready products and services. 
  2. A transnational network of Regional Innovation Hubs (RIH) that support the optimization, validation and roll-out of DDC solutions. 
  3. 5 pilots, where the digital tools are tested in operational environment; an interactive DDC Navigator supporting the use and further adaptation of DDC tools. 

Background

Construction and demolition waste (CDW) accounts for about 1/3 of all waste produced in the EU. About 50% of this amount is currently recycled in most EU countries, however the majority of CDW is destined for backfilling and other low value applications (downcycling). In North West European countries reuse and high-quality recycling (upcycling) of CDW remains below 3%. ​​Poor digitalization of the construction sector is one of the key factors hindering better exploitation of circular opportunities. ​​

 

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Provincie Limburg P.O. Box 5700
Maastricht
NL-6202 MA
Netherlands
hhajg.van.hooren@prvlimburg.nl www.limburg.nl
Name Contact Name Email Country
Campus Heerlen Management & Development BV (Brightlands Smart Services Campus) Ida Weber ida.weber@brightlands.com Netherlands
NOBATEK/INEF4 Benjamin Laclau blaclau@nobatek.inef4.com France
Block Materials Simon Duindam simon@blockmaterials.com Netherlands
Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings Elma Durmisevic e.durmisevic@4darchitects.nl Netherlands
GreenFlex Sébastien Delpont sdelpont@greenflex.com France
Cyprès International Jean-Yves Marié team@bim-y.com Luxembourg
Kempens’ Landscape Tine van den Broeck Tine.vandenbroeck@kempenslandschap.be Belgium
Vilogia Agnieszka Bogucka agnieszka.bogucka@vilogia.fr France
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology Annie Guerriero annie.guerriero@list.lu Luxembourg
Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf (BBRI) Jeroen Vrijders Jeroen.vrijders@bbri.be Belgium
Schroeder et Associés s.a. Marc Feider Marc.feider@schroeder.lu Luxembourg
AREP Philippe Druesne philippe.druesne@arep.fr France
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Paul Valton paul.valton@sncf.fr France

News


3D scanning Hof Ter Laken (Belgium)

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On Thursday 29th of April 2021 the scanning of the castle, horse stables and barns of Hof Ter Laken, situated in Booischot (Heist-op-den-Berg) in Belgium. Project Partner BIM-Y made the scans. The architectural office received the data in June and is currently reviewing and evaluating it. At the end of 2020, project partner Kempens Landschap already had 3D scans of the buildings performed by another company, so it will be very interesting to compare their data to the data from BIM-Y in terms of quality and detail. In this way a useful evaluation can be made. Read More

3D scanning pilot Vilogia (Fr)

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The project aims to develop a digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools. One of these tools is the 3D scanning of the buildings; it was tested on pilot sites in France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium. On June 15th in Norther France, in Lomme, city located in Lille Metropolitan Area, the 3D scanning was performed by project partner BIM-Y on Vilogia’s pilot site. The scan will illustrate the various states of the dwellings, depending on each dwelling particular story. Read More

3D scanning Gare Villeneuve St. Georges (FR)

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Digital Deconstruction is an innovated Interreg North West Europe project in which smart services are developed to make circular construction possible and the environment green. The project aims to develop a digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools. One of these tools is the 3D scanning of the buildings on pilot sites in France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium. Read More

Crossing Boundaries

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The conference ‘CROSSING BOUNDARIES, Towards a circular, sustainable and vital built environment’ aims to create a platform on which knowledge on the subject can be exchanged on a scientific level, to study the environmental and economic implications and to share experiences on the latest developments in the field of circular building. Harald van Hooren, Leadpartner of DDC was present: Read More


Events


Transnational Innovation Hub review

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On the 6th of October the 3th Transnational Innovation Hub was held by project partner WTCB-CSTC-BBRI. It was a lively session where the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST) presented the DDC Platform and the modules in this platform. They presented the tools developed and exchange with the actors present. Actors in the deconstruction/designers field had several questions about the use of these tools, the costs and which problems could occur in practice or the industry has no answer for yet. The results of this Hub will be taken into account in the further development of the platform. The input of the actors in the field is very useful for perfecting the definite digital platform.
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3D Scanning Roman Museum Heerlen

, Roman Museum, Coriovallumstraat 9, Heerlen

On July 5, 2021, the building of the Thermenmuseum Heerlen will be mapped with a 3D scanner. The building, which will be completely demolished, is one of five pilot projects within Digital Deconstuction (DDC). Under the leadership of the Province of Limburg, 14 European project partners from France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are developing a digital software platform that can define materials in buildings for reuse and enable circular construction. Green Transformable Building Lab (GTB Lab) from Heerlen is one of the 14 partners in this project developing a Digital Deconstruction Platform and coordinating the test of DDC Technica modules on 5 pilot sites (buildings in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Luxembourg). The 3D scanner scans the surface of the building and based on those scans GTB Lab makes a 3D model, the so-called circular Reversible BIM model 'Durmisevic'. The scanning is done under the supervision of GTB Lab and Luxembourg project partner BIM-Y. In collaboration with Blockmaterials (also Dutch partner in DDC), the data is stored in a materials database.
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Crossing Boundaries

, Online

The conference ‘CROSSING BOUNDARIES, Towards a circular, sustainable and vital built environment’ aims to create a platform on which knowledge on the subject can be exchanged on a scientific level, to study the environmental and economic implications and to share experiences on the latest developments in the field of circular building. Harald van Hooren, Leadpartner of DDC was present:
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PILOTS


The results of the project can be tested and demonstrated on 5 pilot sites, in the 4 cooperative countries, organized by one of the project partners, who is also the first contact for the pilot owner.

Each pilot owner must be able to set up the pilot on the basis of a manual en be able to make use of the present technological tools that are available at that time. These pilot owners are also supported in the process of demolition of buildings when using these instruments.

The manual for each pilot will be updated along the process of the pilot, the use of tools and the way of working. The pilot results can be used in the Regional Innovation Hubs.

3D scanning Hof Ter Laken (B)

On Thursday 29th of April 2021 the scanning of the castle, horse stables and barns of Hof Ter Laken, situated in Booischot (Heist-op-den-Berg) in Belgium. Project Partner BIM-Y made the scans. The architectural office received the data in June and is currently reviewing and evaluating it. At the end of 2020, project partner Kempens Landschap already had 3D scans of the buildings performed by another company, so it will be very interesting to compare their data to the data from BIM-Y in terms of quality and detail. In this way a useful evaluation can be made.

On Thursday 29th of April 2021 the scanning of the castle, horse stables and barns of Hof Ter Laken, situated in Booischot (Heist-op-den-Berg) in Belgium. Project Partner BIM-Y made the scans. The architectural office received the data in June and is currently reviewing and evaluating it. At the end of 2020, project partner Kempens Landschap already had 3D scans of the buildings performed by another company, so it will be very interesting to compare their data to the data from BIM-Y in terms of quality and detail. In this way a useful evaluation can be made. 

The next step is to see whether the 3D scans can be used for drawing up floor plans, cuts, etc. so that the demolition file can be drawn up more easily. It will also be examined whether it is possible to establish a digital link to certain elements that will be sold online, for example, on the basis of the digital copy that is now available of the buildings. 

Two barns behind the stables/depot will be deconstructed in the winter of 2021-2022. Or at least that's what they are planning for now. If the administrative procedures run out, it will be the spring of 2022. 

The interior of 1 part of the depot will also be deconstructed in that period. The other buildings on the domain will be preserved and will be restored in the coming years, preserving their heritage value. 

 

See the video of the scanning of this beautiful monumental castle and barns. Dutch spoken.

 

3D scanning Vilogia (Fr)

Digital Deconstruction is an innovated Interreg North West Europe project in which smart services are developed to make circular construction possible and the environment green. The project aims to develop a digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools. One of these tools is the 3D scanning of the buildings; it was tested on pilot sites in France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium.

On June 15th in Norther France, in Lomme, city located in Lille Metropolitan Area, the 3D scanning was performed by project partner BIM-Y on Vilogia’s pilot site. The scan will illustrate the various states of the dwellings, depending on each dwelling particular story. 

Vilogia: “We scanned a residential building where 7 dwellings over 16 are still occupied. The scan was done in the unoccupied dwellings (9 over 16) and the external parts of the building. The outcome of the 3D scanning is quite impressive! We can virtually visit the dwellings and see their current state. The next step is to test the other modules for the digital software platform. 

  
When is/will this building be demolished, or will not be demolished?  
It should be deconstructed in 2022, depending on the administrative procedures that have to take place"  

 

3D scanning Roman Museum Heerlen (NL)

On monday 5th of July 2021 the Roman Museum in Heerlen was mapped with a 3D scanner by project partners GTB Lab (NL) and BIM-Y (LU).

On Monday 5 July 2021, the building of the Thermenmuseum (Roman Museum) Heerlen in the Netherlands was mapped with a 3D scanner. The building, which will be completely demolished, is one of five pilot projects within the Interreg North-West Europe subsidy project Digital Deconstuction (DDC). Under the leadership of the Province of Limburg, 14 European project partners from France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are developing a digital software platform that can define materials in buildings for reuse and enable circular construction.

 

Press release on this 3D scanning 

Counsel members municipality Heerlen, Charles Claessens and Jordy Clemens were present.

3D scanning Gare Villeneuve Saint Georges (FR)

In Villeneuve (FR) project partners Greenflex, Vilogia and AREP started the 3D scanning of the buildings and the area around the buildings. They scanned Gare Villeneuve Saint Georges as this building needs to be deconstruct in 2022.

 

More information: of the 3D scanning of Gare Villeneuve

Publications


The project results and further Digital Deconstruction publications will be placed here for general use. Also press releases and articles within thematical magazines, linked to project milestones and events will be published here.

 

Iceberg article on DDC

Iceberg, the platform of circular economy of building materials published a article on the District Deconstruction project.

Read the article on their website.

DDC State of the Art on digital tools for Urban Mining

Digital products, services and tools supporting the recovery of building materials sourced from deconstruction operations

This report consists in a review of digital products, services and tools already available in the market or in development that support the recovery of building materials sourced from deconstruction operations. Every product, service or tool is briefly explained with the help of information such as used technologies, explanation on how the products can help the recovery of reclaimed product, etc.

This review does not pretend to be exhaustive, but hopes to give an overview of what new digital technologies can bring to the world of repair, reclaim, reuse and recycle.

Focus. Trois initiatives associant numérique et économie circulaire

Campus Transfo Num (FR) published this article about three initiatives to make circular economy possible. The Interreg NWE project Digital Deconstruction is one of them.

Campus Transfo Num in France enables its members to learn, train, discuss, collaborate, find solutions and growth drivers in order to better manage all of their activities at a lower cost.To do this, Campus Transfo Num shares a set of information from the major players in the sector and organizes working groups to jointly define the challenges and methods to come for a building that is healthier, more efficient and respectful of the environment.

 

See the article: Trois initiatives associant numerique et économie circulaire

Blog Innovation and Infrastructure Government The Netherlands

Information on the 4 best practices in circularity in France. Digital Deconstruction is one of the innovative and sustainable projects mentioned by the Central Government of The Netherlands, by the Dutch embassy in France.

Blog Innovatie en Infrastructuur Rijksoverheid Nederland, Franse ambassade
Blog Innovation and Infrastructure Government The Netherlands, embassy France

NWE making an impact - 44 innovation projects

Our new publication "NWE making an impact - Cooperation in action" provides a summary of all projects, showcases specific results and demonstrates the positive impact of transnational cooperation on the NWE territory. This publication was produced under the scope of the NWE Programme Capitalization Strategy, which aims at maximizing the impact from projects as well as ensuring long term benefits for NWE and Europe as a whole.

Read more in the publication of NWE 

Regional Innovation Hubs

The Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs) bring together industry frontrunners and other parties interested in digital tools for reuse and high quality recycling. These networks allow participants to explore possibilities to use digital technology for urban mining – through demonstrations, explanations, hands on testing and practical use cases. Members of the Hubs will also discover first-hand the innovative digital tools developed by the Digital Deconstruction project and share experiences with other frontrunners in the sector.

In each of the four countries participating in the Digital Deconstruction project is set up a Regional Innovation Hub (RIH) : Belgium, France, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands.

The Regional Innovation Hubs reach out to general and demolition contractors, architects and consultants, public or private clients interested in circular economy, software developers, and stakeholders in the reclamation and recycling industry. The RIHs have the objective to create and coordinate a network of deconstruction actors interested in digitalization. Within the network, participants are empowered to start new projects and develop their skills and knowledge.

A Transnational Hub is also set up to allow frontrunners to dive deep in the technological developments of the Digital Deconstruction modules, and share on transnational issues, creating a network for future developments of DDC tools.

Would you like to get hands-on experience with innovative digital tools for urban mining and discuss your experience with industry pioneers? Click on Events and join the activities of your Regional Innovation Hub. The next Regional Innovation Hubs will be in September, in France and The Netherlands.

 

Regional Innovation Hub Belgium: 23th of June 2021 

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