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Incremental Digital Twin Conceptualisations Targeting Data-Driven Circular Construction

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CONSTRUCT/GEQUALTEC, Construction Institute, Faculty of Engineering, Porto University, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Academic Editors: David J. Edwards, Clinton Aigbavboa, Obuks Ejohwomu and Chris Roberts
Buildings 2021, 11(11), 554; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11110554
Received: 27 September 2021 / Revised: 11 November 2021 / Accepted: 14 November 2021 / Published: 18 November 2021
The construction industry faces multiple challenges, where transition to circular production is key. Digitalisation is a strategy to increase the sector’s productivity, competitiveness, and efficiency. However, digitalisation also impacts environmental goals, such as those concerning more eco-friendly solutions, energy efficiency, products recycling, and sustainability certifications. These strategies rely on data, understood as digital, interoperable, incremental and traceable. Data related concepts, such as digital data templates (DDT) and digital building logbooks (DBL), contribute to “good data”. Despite some research focused on each one, little importance has yet been given to their combination. Relevant relationships and overlaps exist, as they partially share the exact same data through the built environment life cycle. This research aims to provide improved understanding on the role of these concepts and their contribution to a more circular industry. The review develops conceptualisations where DDT and DBL are complementary and framed within an incremental digital twin construction (DTC). Misconceptions or confrontations between these three solutions can therefore stand down, for the benefit of a data-driven priority. To increase understanding and reduce misconceptions, our study developed the “Digital data-driven concept” (D3c). This concept contribution is the ability to structure, store, and trace data, opening way to streamlined digital transformation impacting circular built environment concerns. View Full-Text
Keywords: digitalisation; Construction 4.0; data templates; building logbook; traceability; concepts overlap digitalisation; Construction 4.0; data templates; building logbook; traceability; concepts overlap
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Mêda, P.; Calvetti, D.; Hjelseth, E.; Sousa, H. Incremental Digital Twin Conceptualisations Targeting Data-Driven Circular Construction. Buildings 2021, 11, 554. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11110554

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Mêda P, Calvetti D, Hjelseth E, Sousa H. Incremental Digital Twin Conceptualisations Targeting Data-Driven Circular Construction. Buildings. 2021; 11(11):554. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11110554

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Mêda, Pedro, Diego Calvetti, Eilif Hjelseth, and Hipólito Sousa. 2021. "Incremental Digital Twin Conceptualisations Targeting Data-Driven Circular Construction" Buildings 11, no. 11: 554. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11110554

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