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Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures

About the project
The project aims to develop an integrated digital infrastructure system to enhance the level of automation for smart construction. The initial goal will involve the creation of models for the digital twin of the robotic environment on construction sites. The digital twin will be used for remote real-time monitoring, prediction, optimization and multi-robot task planning and control. The results will be tested and applied to a practical Skanska use case.

Background
Construction sites today still rely to a large amount on manual labour, and the vision for the future is to leverage automation equipment (machines, robots) to the largest extent possible in order to speed up the production cycle, enhance quality while also reducing human risks, carbon emissions and costs. Smart construction, in essence, a flexible automation process, requires a stringent digitalization of the construction site in terms of real-time digital twins of products and production systems paired with advanced algorithms for the control of machines, the coordination of robots and the assurance of safety at the workspace.

The project strives for the realization of such systems, leading to fundamental research challenges but also practical implementations in relevant use cases. The project developments can lay the foundation for future activities by forming and evolving a consortium nucleus.

Crossdisciplinary collaboration
The project partners are Ericsson AB, Skanska and KTH.

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Contacts

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Dimos Dimarogonas

Professor, Division of Decision and Control Systems at KTH, Working group Cooperate, PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures, Digital Futures Faculty

+46 8 790 73 26
dimos@kth.se

James Gross

Professor, Division of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH, Member of the Executive Committee, Associate Director Partner Programme, Member of Working group Cooperate, Co-PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures, Digital Futures fellow, Digital Futures Faculty

+46 8 790 88 19
jamesgr@kth.se
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Bo Hagerman

PhD Advanced Technology Director Asia Pacific, Principal Researcher Radio Systems & Technology, Ericsson Research, Co-PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures

+46 70 677 47 96
bo.hagerman@ericsson.com
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Ulf Håkansson

PhD, Technical Manager, Skanska Sweden AB, Co-PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures

+46 70 3712493
ulf.hakansson@skanska.se
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Fredrik Johanson

Associate Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Co-PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures

+46 8-790 79 91
frejoha@kth.se
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Mats Rönnbo

Sustainovation Director Affärsutvecklingschef at Skanska, Co-PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures

Mats.Ronnbo@skanska.se
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Sara Sandberg

PhD, Master Researcher - Radio Network Solutions for Industries, Ericsson Research, Co-PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures

+46 72 539 80 45
sara.sandberg@ericsson.com
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Lihui Wang

Professor and Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing at KTH, Co-supervisor for Postdoc project Intelligent wireless communications and high-accuracy positioning systems, Co-PI of research project Towards Safe Smart Construction: Algorithms, Digital Twins and Infrastructures, Digital Futures Faculty

lihuiw@kth.se