SPHERE IS A BIM DIGITAL TWIN PLATFORM

SPHERE is a 4-year, Horizon 2020 project that aims to provide
a BIM-based Digital Twin Platform to optimise the building lifecycle,
reduce costs, and improve energy efficiency in residential buildings.

PLATFORM AS A SERVICE (PaaS)

An underlying ICT Systems of Systems infrastructure based on Platform as a Service (PaaS) service to allow large scale data, information and knowledge integration, and synchronization.

VERTICAL INTEGRATED PROCESSES

During any phase of the building’s lifecycle, different stakeholders will be able to interact with this BIM Digital Twin model, based on the building’s information and a scalable set of different software tools.

BUILDING SPECS & REAL TIME DATA

Seamless and efficient updating based on IDDS framework, where any action can be analysed in a virtual environment prior to physical implementation and consequent expenses.

USER CENTERED DESIGN (UCD)

To accelerate market uptake & social acceptance in order to help promote standards and policy that paves the way for more extended use of ICT-tools in building design, construction, and operations.

DIGITAL TWIN ENVIRONMENT

Twinning this virtual information model with reality helps significantly in decision-making during each phase of the whole building’s lifespan, increases collaboration, and reduces inefficiencies while improving energy efficiency and reducing time and costs.

BETTER DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND PERFORMANCE

SPHERE will help boost a building’s energy performance throughout its lifecycle and reduce time, costs & the environmental impact of the construction process.

25% Reduction in construction time

15% Less energy demand during the operational phase
25% Less CO2 and GHG emissions in buildings

Sphere Integrates Two Planes of Research, Innovation and Improvement:

1. A building-centred Digital Twin Environment, involving not only the design and construction of the building but including also the manufacturing and the operational phases.

2. The seamless and efficient updating and synchronization of SPHERE’s Digital Twin platform based on an Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions (IDDS) framework.

STO-01

Development & Integration of the Digital Twin System of Systems Architecture and Ontology and its related process and stakeholders.

STO-02

To integrate circular economy criteria into de decision-taking process (including manufacturing).

STO-03

Development & integration of Technology System Applications to integrate design and construction phases and smart tenders.

STO-04

Development & Integration of Technology System Applications for the Operational Phase in Digital Twin Instances.

STO-05

To demonstrate the Digital Twin Environment and its technologies and tools by deploying SPHERE’s PaaS and SaaS Apps (tools) into the renovation operations of our pilot residential buildings in 3 different climate zones.

STO-06

Scalability & Replication: to use project activities as a vehicle to attain the maximum post-project uptake of the project foreground and impact on the widest possible audience of EU workers and contractors, construction professionals, and the general public.

The Consortium is composed of 18 partners from 10 different EU countries consisting of multi-purpose technology leaders in Europe as well as software tool providers.

For the duration of the project, we will provide demonstrations in 2 new buildings and 2 renovation residential buildings in Finland, Austria, Italy, and Netherlands.

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