After a successful and inspiring 'mid-term event' of the Interreg NWE project 'Digital Deconstruction' in Paris, the collaborating project partners and stakeholders from the construction and demolition industry went home with an important assignment. Apply the developed technological DDC-modules to the five pilots in respectively, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. The further roll-out of the Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs) is also at the top of the list.
The mid-term event in Paris was kicked off by an inspiring speaker, Michaël Ghyoot from the Belgian company RotorDC, Deconstruction & Consulting. Michaël gave a unique insight into the dismantling, conditioning and sale of materials from buildings undergoing transformation or demolition. RotorDC also helps building owners, contractors and architects integrate these elements into their projects. After that the project partners presented the developments of the individual DDC-modules, which will eventually be merged into one digital software platform. The integrated DDC-platform will take final shape at the end of 2022 to identify materials in buildings for reuse and to enable circular construction. This is first preceded by a test period of the technological DDC-modules and their integration on pilot sites. The testing of these different digital technology modules, such as 3D scanning, Building Information Modeling (BIM), digital materials and building database and blockchain technology is being done at five pilot sites, of which the Thermenmuseum in Heerlen (NL) is one.
In addition to focusing on the test phase of the DDC-modules, in the coming months the project will also zoom in on the further roll-out of the Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs). In each participating country, the RIHs bring together industry leaders and other parties interested in digital tools for reuse and high-value recycling.
"Let's move towards a circular economy for the construction industry", with those words Sebastien Delpont, Associate Director of GreenFlex, concluded the DDC Mid-term Event. This day was a great opportunity for the project partners to physically meet and interact, which was/is important for the teamspirit after being limited to online meetings for almost two years during the pandemic.