IIC Announces Winner Of Smart Construction Challenge


By Juan Pedro Tomás

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced that 3D AI analytics start-up Contilio is the winner of its Smart Construction Challenge, IIC said in a release.

 The challenge was designed to advance real-world validation of Smart Construction applications and solutions while integrating cloud, edge, fog and IoT technologies.

As the winner, Contilio was awarded €25,000 (US$27,000) and the opportunity to deliver a live proof of concept (POC) at the TÜV SÜD International Business Park in Singapore.

IIC Contilio’s solution uses advanced technologies including 3D computer vision and deep learning to provide intelligent insights from 3D data and photos captured from a construction site. This data is uploaded to a cloud environment and processed automatically through a 3D AI platform into intelligent analytics on construction progress, installation quality and predictive KPIs on risks and issues. The analytics can be accessed through a cloud dashboard that communicates the insights to key construction employees and other stakeholders, including owners, financial partners and company management.

“We are delighted to work with TÜV SÜD, a global leader in real estate inspection and certification.” said CEO of Contilio, Zara Riahi. “Our cutting-edge analytics software and agile approach, combined with TÜV SÜD’s expertise and innovation leadership resulted in a powerful partnership at TÜV SÜD’s new Asia Pacific Headquarters, where we successfully deployed our 3D AI technology. We hope to continue to bring significant value to TÜV SÜD and their global customers in the built environment.”

“By replicating the complete property lifecycle, from initial planning to construction to facility operations, the challenge put the focus on Building Information Management (BIM) as the foundation of today’s smart construction design,” said CEO, Real Estate & Infrastructure Division at TÜV SÜD, Joachim Birnthaler. “The Contilio team presented an innovative analytics solution that met all of the criteria. We believe it will prove to be essential for any lean, BIM-oriented construction project.”

Construction industry partners TÜV SÜD Züblin, Bosch and Liebherr provided the requirements and use case definitions for the challenge and assisted challenge participants in testing their proof-of-concept (POC), IIC said.

Technology suppliers Autodesk, HERE, Ottobock and Qtum provided relevant technology components to assist start-ups and solution providers in the creation of their POCs for further development and offered overall technology guidance.

Earlier this year, IIC announced the winners of its smart buildings challenge, which is aimed at helping digitalize the smart buildings industry.

ICC noted that initial use cases for this challenge included:

-Smart space flow analytics: Tracking, zones, anonymized tracking

-Smart metering in multi-tenant commercial buildings: Smart metering, energy consumption, focus on electric energy

-Smart automated building: HVAC, control technical equipment, demand-oriented control of equipment, sustainability

-Smart building dashboard: Management tools, sales tools, overview, digital twins, augmented reality

The winners of the contest were:

-Cubelizer S.L., which won for smart space flow analytics;

-Aedifion  and Thing Technologies, who won for both the smart metering in multi-tenant commercial buildings and smart automated building use cases; and

-Holisticon and its subsidiary Markenwerk ,who won for smart building cockpit.

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