2022 SMF4INFRA Kick-off Meeting at EMPA, Zurich

Published on 25 March 2022 at 16:22

On March 24th & 25th, kick-off for the joint project SMF4INFRA of UniBZ, TU Delft and ETH Zurich was held in Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) in Zurich. In the project, a prototype of an intelligent and mobile factory for the sustainable supply of materials for infrastructure construction projects will be developed over the next three years developed.

“Such large projects in road construction, railway construction and tunnel construction are often characterized by budget overruns and time delays. In addition, a centralized manufacturing strategy with a low level of digitalization is usually used, which means, among other things, that the material warehouse is relocated to the street, with consequences such as traffic jams and environmental pollution,” says researcher Patrick Dallasega . He leads the research team at UniBZ, which also includes Erwin Rauch and Andrea Revolti . Decentralized and mobile factory structures as well as research approaches in the area of ​​digitalization such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) or digital twins are intended to increase the efficiency and sustainability of such construction projects.

The test run will take place together with external partners TU Eindhoven and the Swiss research institute EuroTube Foundation , which will build a test track for high-speed trains in vacuum tubes in Lower Valais. The prototype of the mobile construction site should be tailored to the needs of the industrial partner in the research project. “That means, in this case, tube segments should be prefabricated in concrete,” explains Dallasega. And always as close as possible to the construction site; As they advance, the factory moves with them.

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