The eeEmbedded consortium features a mix of 15 partners from 9 European countries, covering the whole knowledge transfer chain and all key areas of research and development relevant to the project goals. They represent 4 types of market segments:
- 9 Software vendors
- 4 End-users
- 1 University & 1 Research Institute
- 1 BIM consultant
Technische Universität Dresden – Institute of Contruction Informatics
TUD-CIB will be the eeEmbedded coordinator. Its competence for both the management and RTD work is grounded on numerous national and international research projects. The research areas of CIB comprise product and process modelling in particular BIM multi-model and knowledge-based management, concurrent engineering, virtual organisations, ontologies, information logistics, virtual enterprising, virtual labs, simulation systems, grid/cloud computing, semantic web technology and mobile computing. CIB has been a leading developer of BIM – in particular STEP and IFC models and related intelligent management methods for more than 20 years.
CIB will be the WP4 leader and develop the manipulation services, in particular, the filter services and the related toolbox method. With his knowledge in the interoperability and knowledge-based ontology modelling, CIB will be the WP5 leader and will be the main developer there, strongly supported by RIB. CIB will be one of the academic developer in the tasks for the development of the cloud-framework, multi-model to numerical simulation model mapper and the simulation manager in WP6. CIB is one of the main performers for the multi-model navigation and visualisation in all tasks in WP7, and one of the main developers of stochastic, vulnerability and risk models in WP3. Furthermore CIB will also contribute in WP1 and WP2 and is contributing to the SOA platform.
Technische Universität Dresden – Institute of Power Engineering
In eeEmbedded, IET will be represented by the Chair of Building Energy Systems and Heat Supply which is one of the eight chairs that constitute IET at the Technische Universität Dresden. The chair focuses in general energy and heat supply systems including energy production, energy efficient design and utilization both in the level of single buildings as well as on district and municipal level.
Regarding to the project objectives IET will provide broad knowledge especially in the field of energy system design and optimization, energy modelling and simulation processing. Therefore will strongly contribute to the stochastic, risk and life cycle performance methods in WP3, will be responsible for ESIM in WP4 and will strongly contribute to the simulation methods in WP6 in particular the multi-criteria optimization.
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V., Institute IIS/EAS, Germany
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is one of the leading institutes for applied research in Europe, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector, and the government. The Design Automation Division (EAS) is part of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS). The specific skills of EAS are the development of simulation, verification and optimization methodologies of the energy control systems for new buildings and retrofitting; development and energy-aware optimization of building automation control strategies, modelling of building automation system components and systems for existing buildings and for retrofitting packages,
simulation-based optimization of parameters for new buildings and retrofitting activities, BIM compliant design flows and data structures for control systems.
EAS brings his competence in particular in WP3 for the fast control strategies in WP4 for the ESIM and link model, in WP5 for all tasks of interoperability and ontology with special focus on BACS.
NEMETSCHEK ALLPLAN SLOVENSKO SRO, Slovakia
Nemetschek Allplan Slovensko (NEM) is a subsidiary fully owned by Nemetschek Allplan GmbH, which is providing high-quality software engineering services. The specific skills of NEM are advanced software solutions in computer graphics, engineering computation, database systems, web services and applications for mobile devices, and have great experience in developing BIMtools for the AEC industry. NEM has profound know-how in many proprietary and standard data formats used in the construction sector for data exchange. Since the very beginning of IAI /
buildingSMART in 1996, it has been developing the IFC-interface for the BIM-CAD application Allplan5.
In eeEmbedded NEM will contribute to WP1 and there to the requirements and specifications of the KPIs to guide and control the design process, e.g. how KPIs can be integrated in the CAD-GUI from the architectural point of view. NEM will also participate in WP2 in the KPI design framework and the development of the template schemas and will contribute to in the final consolidated holistic KPI-based design methodology. NEM will be engaged also in WP4 in the definition of BIM domain models, and will be the WP7 leader – the multi-model navigation and visualization. In addition, NEM will be strongly involved in the development of collaboration and orchestration methods of the SOA platform in WP8 and their implementation and will participate in the final validation of the virtual design laboratory prototype and the holistic eeeDesign methodology.
Data Design System ASA, Norway
Data Design System has developed innovative CAD/BIM solutions for the construction industry since 1984. DDS was amongst the very first in world to use the term Building Information Model (BIM) back in 1985, and the building model as the information carrier has been the core of the company’s concept ever since. Data Design System’s solutions support open standards and are also compliant with and certified for the buildingSMART standards (IFC and IFD). The company are one of Europe’s leading providers of software for the designing and calculating the technical installations in buildings (electrical, cooling, heating, ventilation, gas, water etc.).
As an European BIM based CAD-MEP DDS will contribute in WP1 to the requirements of the KPI-based
design from the HVAC design point of view. DDS will be responsible in WP2 for the specifications of knowledge-based ee-design templates for a fast characteristic HVAC detailing. DDS will contribute to the KPI design methodology and the new ways of holistic KPI based working for eeeDesign in WP4, and to the BIM HVAC domain models definition, classification and semantic description (annotation) as well as to the ESIM domain model definition and schema in WP5. DDS will also contribute in WP6 and the final validation of the holistic design lab in WP9.
RIB Information Technologies AG, Germany
RIB Information Technologies AG (RIB) is for more than 50 years a ERP software developing company in the AEC industry. RIB solutions cover the complete value-added chain and the complete processes for applications in construction, facility and infrastructure management. The software products comprise project planning, bidding, calculation, coordination, controlling, resource provision/management and utilization phase support in the named areas of application. RIB provides the skills to display the life-cycle of a building from first planning to utilization phase based on 5D modelling.
RIB will contribute in WP3 to the development of the energy, CO2 lifecycle performance and analysis and cost assessment from point of view of an ERP developer. RIB will further contribute in WP4 to the definition, classification and annotation of the BIM domain models and the implementation of the link model and the multi-model container, providing their prototype multi-model software and experience from the IP project Mefisto. Further RIB will be involved in WP5 in the development of the interoperability and ontology framework, the interoperability methods to the domain models, the design phases and the LoD. RIB will be the WP8 leader, the SOA platform development.
Jotne EPM Technology AS, Oslo, Norway
Jotne EPM Technology is an SME and member of the Jotne Group, specializing in System/Product (PLM) Information Technology and hence BIM server technology. Since 1990 the company has developed database solutions to handle standards such as ISO 16739 IFC, ISO 10303 STEP, PLCS, ASD/AIA 1-5000 series, OAIS, etc.
EPM’s contribution will be focused on the BIM multi-models (WP4) and the related interoperability and ontology (WP5), to integrate the distributed models and the related responsibilities. EPM will strongly contribute to the definition, classification and annotation of the BIM domain, the ESIM and BACS data models and the related link model. EPM will provide their data base management software for model manipulation and filtering and will extend its functionalities to multi-model applicability. Furthermore, EPM will also strongly contribute to the development of the interoperability framework and the interoperability methods for domain models.
Granlund Oy, Finland
GRA is a Finnish building services consulting company with headquarters in Helsinki and subsidiaries in Lahti, Kuopio, Tampere, Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Joensuu and Saint Petersburg with over 350 employees. Its core businesses are building services design, facility management consulting, and the development and sale of design and facility management software.
GRA will contribute in WP1 to the definition of the KPIs concerning FM aspects, support the methods for thermal and energy-system design and for the sensor and control system. GRA will also be involved in WP3 in the development of the risk models for new ways of management practises, ROI plan methods and will strongly contribute in WP7 to the multi-model navigation and visualization methods, to the visualization ontology, to the navigation language and their implementation in services. They will also support in WP9 the validation of the ee-design lab from the FM point of view, in particular the support for FM requirements management in the ee-design process.
SOFiSTiK Hellas AE, Greece
SOF is a software house specializing in the area of structural engineering. Its main focus is in the areas of mechanical behaviour of structures, reinforced concrete design, and CFD applications. SOF will provide a wide spectrum of knowledge in numerical methods and specifically CFD computations, energy simulations and geometrical modelling of complex geometries. Existing solvers for the solution of the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations will be enhanced with specialized features concerning wind flows in the built environment. The solvers are time-marching and are based on the pseudo-compressibility approach for the simulation of steady and unsteady incompressible flows while turbulence will be taken into account. They can be used for both indoor and outdoor multi-physics, climate and energy simulations. SOF has experience and software for simulation of steady and unsteady wind flows around buildings with the capability of simulating unsteady environmental flows, can provide the capability of imposing time-varying velocity profiles as boundary conditions, make the optimal selection of the physical time-step for this kind of flows, test flow unsteadiness resolution due to incoming wind turbulence or due to the inherent nature of the flow. Heat transfer will be coupled with the CFD Software for resulting to temperature distributions in the structure and the fluid (air). Selected analyses/simulation software of SOF will be adapted and re-engineered for more efficient use in a cloud-system for eeEmbedded. This includes parallelisation of software processes including partial redesign and re-implementation of existing modules.
Therefore, in eeEmbedded SOF will be the leader of WP6 and will contribute to the R&D work in WP1, WP2 and WP4. SOF will also lead task T11.4 in WP11 related to the exploitation and IPR management.
iabi – Institute for Applied Building Informatics, Germany
The iabi – Institute for Applied Building Informatics has been founded in 2008 through the funding of the Professor Georg-Nemetschek Foundation, which is established at the faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. iabi supports the implementation of existing interoperability standards in business processes, the definition of standardized directives for the exchange of building related information, is involved in national and international standardisation organisations, participate in national or international projects on applied building informatics, develops testing environments for practitioners and for software vendors, and develop continuing education programs in the fields of interoperability in the building industry.
IAB will contribute in WP4 to the definition, classification and semantic distribution of BIM domain models and share with the other developers its deep knowledge about the BIM-IFC model. IAB will be leader of task T8.2 “Collaboration Methods” in WP8 and in particular will bring in their BIM Collaboration Cloud-application. It will also lead task T9.1 “Validation Framework” in WP9 due to its large validation experience form buildingSMART. It will participate in the final validation of the holistic eeeDesign laboratory prototype and methodology and in WP1 and WP5.
Fr. Sauter AG, Switzerland
The SAUTER Group is one of the leading companies in the fields of building automation and system integration. As a specialist, SAUTER develops, manufactures and markets energyefficient solutions in building management systems, including a software platform for BACS design and maintenance. The company’s project portfolio includes offices and administrative buildings, research and educational institutions, hospitals, industrial and laboratory premises, airports, leisure complexes and hotels.
In eeEmbedded, SAR will share its practical experience in WP1 for the definition of requirements and specifications about the KPIs and the knowledgebased design templates. In WP2 SAR will support the development of KPI-based eeeDesign methodology. Moreover, SAR will be the WP3 leader and will also contribute to the control system strategy design and its association with the risk models. It will contribute also to the development of the stochastic models, the risk and vulnerability models, the prognosis and ROI model, as well as support the definition of new ways of FM. SAR will in WP9 provide test sites, populate the validation test model, detail scenarios and processes and carry out the validation together with other partners.
Obermeyer Planen + Beraten GmbH, Germany
OPB is an engineering and architectural design and consulting company with more than 800 employees, well known for its innovative design solution in energy efficient buildings. OPB has extensive experience managing large-scale technically complex projects in different climatic zones to give it a leading edge in formulating the complex multi-disciplinary design processes being investigated.
The KPIs feeding into this process will be determined in WP2 through the ability of OPB to objectively measure, survey and technically assess buildings and coordinate complete project documentation packages. Analysis of current design processes in existing buildings will enable OPB to develop templates encapsulating knowledge in an easily accessible manner. In the templates OPB will describe particular design information, strategic knowledge, and alternative planning. OPB will take a life-cycle view of the building by analysing not only the end performance energy requirements of building materials but also the energy needed for the construction processes. These construction templates together with the design templates will contribute towards an easily accessible database of design information. OPB will provide the BIM model data, which will be the input for validation. Thus, OPB will help to set up the validation framework and work out the validation scenarios and design processes using the above-mentioned test model (WP1, WP9).
Centro de Estudios de Materiales y control de Obra S.A., Spain
Centro de Estudios de Materiales y control de Obra S.A. (CEMOSA) is an engineering and quality control company in the field of construction (including transport infrastructure engineering, hydraulic works, building and industrial works). Founded in 1972, its headquarters are in Malaga, but it includes 10 national offices and 5 international offices (Brazil, Colombia, Equator, Bolivia and Panama). With respect to R&D activities, CEMOSA is coordinating two on-going FP7 projects in the field of Energy Efficient Buildings (Self-learning energy efficient buildings and open spaces –SEEDS-, www.seeds-fp7.eu) and Sustainable Surface Transport (Automated and cost effective maintenance for railway -ACEM-Rail-, www.acem-rail.eu). CEMOSA is an active member of the European Energy efficient Building Association (E2BA), the Spanish Technology Platform for Roads (being a member of its Executive Committee), and the Spanish Technology Platform for Railways. CEM has long-time experience with any kind of civil engineering consulting, quality-management and in particular design of equipment systems for energy, heating, cooling, lighting, shading or any other kind of intelligent building systems products.
CEM will be coordinating WP2 as leader, the holistic KPI based eeeDesign Method. CEM will contribute to the requirements and specifications and will work out scenarios and ee-business models. Furthermore it will also lead the dissemination and exploitation works (WP11 leader).
STRABAG AG, Austria
STRABAG SE is one of Europe’s leading construction groups. It offers its services under several brands, including STRABAG, Heilit+Woerner, Möbius and Züblin. The services span all areas of the construction industry and cover the entire construction value chain. STRABAG is member of building SMART and supports is the founder of the 5D initiative of European Construction companies for promoting and working BIM compliance.
Strabag will provide practical input for the requirements and specifications for the new design methodology (WP1). Strabag will lead in
WP2 the development of the knowledge templates for the construction methods and their specification for simulation. Strabag will support the development of the ICT methods through the monitoring of the development process, providing their experiences as both a consultant and a general contractor for numerous PPP and BOT projects, bringing test cases from real projects, which can be used in the testbed for a continuous testing.
Koninklijke BAM Groep nv, Netherlands
Koninklijke BAM Groep is a successful European Construction Group with 27,000 employees. BAM has top market positions in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. Projects all over the world reflect BAMs broad experience and expertise in Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Build and Operate (BOT) projects with an operation phase of usually 30 years and hence in integrated design, including advanced life-cycle assessment, construction and operation. BAM is member of buildingSMART and member of the 5D initiative of European Construction companies promoting BIM. BAM is currently chairing the European Construction Technology Platform ECTP.
In the eeEmbedded project, BAM is represented by its two subsidiaries: 1) BAM Deutschland AG (BDE) 2) BAM Utiliteitsbouw bv (BNL). BAM will participate actively in WPs 1, 2 and 3, emphasising on the KPI definitions and in the development of the KPI framework. BDE will also strongly contribute to WP9, the validation and quality verification of the new holistic method and system.