Digital Tools for Fast-Track Renovation Operations

Teemu Vesanen, Kiviniemi Markku (Corresponding author), Kostas Tsatsakis, Gabriele Masera

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Digital tools for fast-track renovation operations developed in the project aim to shorten the duration of renovation and disturbance to the occupants with BIM-enabled methods and tools in operations management at site and with prefabrication to speed up the installation tasks. The chapter presents an ensemble of tools, concepts and use cases. First, two tools are described that are used to support construction production management and user communication. Then a concept how product data could be used as part of the tools and further how the product data and the tools could support in achieving the overall BIM4EEB objectives in the use cases of prefabricated exhaust air heat pump and prefabricated thermal insulation. Target of the work was to improve the state-of-the-art planning and monitoring. A new tool was created that combines the BIM model and typical work breakdown structure (WBS) based project scheduling into location breakdown structure (LBS) based user-interface. Continuously updated LBS provide valuable information to stakeholders with web-service and mobile applications. The 24/7 situational awareness of the renovation activities status provides unprecedented transparency of the project progress. Hence, the system allows scheduling the site activities with shorter lead times to shorten the total construction duration while it is possible to immediately take control of possible deviations in implementation. The reliable progress data is available also to the clients and occupants with right timed guidance and safety instructions. The other aim in the work was to utilise BIM for increasing the share of prefabrication in renovation projects. The BIM-based design allows to manage the compatibility and tolerances between design disciplines and adapting those with mapped geometry of the building will enable the prefabrication and preassembling of structural and system components also in renovation. Two best practice examples were developed and described showing how to utilise prefabrication in real renovation scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Tools and Methods Using BIM for an Efficient Renovation in Buildings
EditorsB. Daniotti, S. Lupica Spagnolo, A. Bavan, C.M. Bolognesi
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-04670-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-04669-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology



  • Fast-track renovation
  • Prefabrication


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