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Aiming for sustainable construction logistics

The aim of the MIMIC project is to demonstrate how SMART Governance concepts can be used as an aid in the construction and city planning processes. They can facilitate and support logistics to, from and on urban construction sites to improve mobility and reduce congestion. This is done within cities and will thereby reduce the negative impact of construction sites on the surrounding community.

Lovisa Westblom, Project Manager and Coordinator, tells us more about the project;

MIMIC originates from the CIVIC project, what key learnings was the basis for continuing with the MIMIC project?

"Historically, construction logistics has not been a prioritised area within construction and city planning processes. During the CIVIC project we received a large interest for the tools and concepts developed in the project and also an increased interest for construction logistics from multiple actors in the construction and city planning processes. This is the main reason for continuing to develop these tools and concepts and raise awareness of sustainable construction logistics in the MIMIC project."

How can you describe what will come out of the project?

"During the MIMIC project we will develop and implement a supportive platform for sustainable urban development decisions and procurement processes through ‘A SMART Governance Concept*’ which provides a structure of tools to be used when deciding how to organize construction logistics in a city or project in co-creation. In MIMIC supporting tools will also be developed to increase the knowledge of construction logistics to assess and evaluate the impact of construction logistics solutions on different stakeholders."

There are a lot of different partners across Europe, who are they and what will the different cities bring with them into the project?

"All tools and concepts will be developed and tested in co-creation in four demonstration cities or regions; Brussels, Vienna, Oslo and Stockholm/Gothenburg."

  • In Vienna, MIMIC solutions will be used to evaluate how mobile phone-based movement data provided by the mobile network provider T-Mobile can be investigated to monitor the impacts of urban construction works on city traffic. The SMART governance concept will be tested in cooperation with Bernard Engineers, focusing on construction projects in Vienna. Input on a large construction project will be provided by Wiener Linien GmbH.
  • In Brussels, the MIMIC solutions will be facilitating the implementation of novel logistics scenarios and integration of construction logistics requirements in (public) tendering and procurement procedures (Smart Governance Concept). The application of the sustainability impact assessment framework will be tested on a first port-located construction consolidation in a multi-stakeholder co-operation with Port of Brussels authority, Knauf (building material supplier), Valens (contractor) and Shipit (barge operator). 
  • In Oslo, the MIMIC solutions will be used by the municipality in a local demonstrator to test the applicability of the methods and solutions to reduce negative impact of construction activity. The focus will be on improving transport logistics and the implementation of Smart Governance. The demonstrator will be conducted in cooperation with HENT, one of Norway’s largest contractors. The demonstrator will be a 14,300 sqm nursing home under construction Q2 2019 – Q3 2020 in Oslo. 
  • In Sweden, the MIMIC solutions will be tested by the authorities of Sollentuna, Stockholm, Trafikverket (the Swedish Road Administration) and the publicly owned real estate company Älvstranden, Gothenburg. Focus is how these can become more active as developers and include construction logistics issues already in the planning process by integration of construction logistics requirements in (public) tendering and procurement procedures (Smart Governance Concept) and increased stakeholder involvement. One of the largest supplier of construction material Ahlsell, the contractor Skanska and the construction logistics company FM Bygnadsdrift will provide input to the solutions from a construction supply chain and construction management perspective.
     
* SMART Governance is about the future of the public services, it’s about greater efficiency, community leadership, mobile working and continuous improvement through innovation. It is also about using technology to facilitate and support better planning and decision making. It is about improving democratic processes and transforming the ways that public services are delivered. It includes e-government, the efficiency agenda and mobile working.