EUR 148,000 allocated to experimental projects promoting the digitalisation of the built environment and construction sector

Press release 2016-12-14 at 13:44
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The KIRA-digi project has allocated a total of EUR 148,000 to six experimental projects promoting the digitalisation of the built environment and construction sector. The focus areas of these projects include facilitating land use planning through digitalisation, promoting the implementation of digital signatures, developing the integration of building engineering systems, and creating a pilot environment for the digitalisation of sheltered housing.

The aim of the KIRA-digi project* is to develop operating methods for the built environment and construction sector through digitalisation. KIRA-digi is also a way of implementing one of the key projects within the Government Programme: Digitalisation of public services.

The total number of applications received during the project's first application period was 49, and the total sum of funding applied for was EUR 2.1 million.

"The experimental projects approved during the first application period complement each other well. I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of results the projects will produce in the coming months. On the other hand many good projects ended up not receiving funding. Luckily the next application period, with a larger total sum of available funding, will open on 2 January, meaning that things are only going to speed up in the spring," says Chief Digital Officer Teemu Lehtinen, who is coordinating the project.

The funded projects and amounts allocated:

  • Sova3D Oy: BIM models in building supervision inspections and interaction processes (EUR 12,648)
  • Aalto University Foundation/Aalto University: Open data transfer interfaces in the internet of things of building engineering and properties (EUR 32,000)
  • Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy: Service platform for electronic signatures and cooperation (EUR 30,000)
  • FCG Design and Engineering Ltd: Digital land use planning: Knowledge management, streamlining of planning process, digitalisation, interaction and transparency (EUR 28,000)
  • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Ltd: Pilot environment for the digitalisation of sheltered housing (EUR 42,292)
  • The Building Information Foundation: Piloting of building engineering bills of quantities in construction projects (EUR 3,920)

The kick-off event for the first experimental projects, which will include presentations on the funded projects, is to be held on Tuesday 20 December. The event can also be followed live between 1 and 4 pm at the kiradigi.fi website.

In addition to the next application period opening on 2 January 2017, another four application periods are to be held in 2017–2018. The total amount of funding reserved for experimental projects is EUR 4.4 million.

More information:

Chief Digital Officer, KIRA-digi project, Teemu Lehtinen, tel. +358 (0)40 456 6108, firstname.lastname@kiradigi.fi

Senior Specialist Minna Perähuhta, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 (0)295 250 223, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

 

* The vision of the KIRA-digi project is an open and interoperable information management ecosystem for the built environment sector.

KIRA-digi opens up public construction and land use planning information so that it can be easily utilised by everyone. The project develops smoothly interoperable systems and uniform operating methods, such as shared glossaries and inter-compatible information systems, allowing different actors to record, process and share information effectively and efficiently. KIRA-digi increases the openness of information, ensuring that once information is produced it stays up to date and accessible to authorities, companies and citizens through various electronic services. This is especially important in the built environment and construction sector, as building projects and building maintenance are processes that involve numerous different actors throughout buildings' life cycles.

KIRA-digi identifies and removes regulations that slow down digitalisation in the built environment and construction sector in order to facilitate the creation of an agile digital ecosystem. To this end, the project funds experimental projects involving the testing of new solutions and operating methods that benefit the entire value network of the built environment and construction sector.