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Increase stakeholder involvement in construction logistics

The Mimic consortium met for the first-time mid-January and this time it was in Vienna. The participants discussed the way moving forward both in each individual work package but also together, in-between the work pages.
From the left: Charlotte De Broux, Brussels, Tom van Lier, Brussels, Selamawit Mamo Fufa, Oslo, Cecilie Flyen, Oslo, Nicholas Brusselaers, Brussels, Lovisa Westblom, Sweden & Kajsa Hultqvist, Sweden

The two days of the meeting also included several workshops including a MAMCA workshop but also one session where the Constructions Logistics Game was played that was developed during the CIVIC project. 

During the MIMIC project a supportive platform for sustainable urban development decisions and procurement processes through ‘A SMART Governance Concept*’ will develop and implement, 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.

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

The different National Demonstration Coordinators were asked what the next steps are in the project:

In Vienna a large construction project will be identified, and mobile phone-based movement data provided by the mobile network provider T-Mobile will be investigated to monitor the impacts of urban construction works on city traffic.” Says Pamela Nolz, Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, who is the National Demonstration Coordinator for Vienna. 
(Meta-)Heuristic methods will be developed to efficiently plan construction schedules and related transports of urban construction projects. An agent-based MATSim simulation will assess the impact of induced traffic (derived from the generated construction schedules and related transports) as well as restrictions in road capacity due to construction works.” Explains Nolz. 

The next overall step in MIMIC is to develop understanding of what KPI:s of interest are and how to collect data so we can measure these KPI:s. We also need to understand how construction logistics fits into the construction planning process. We need to find out where the open spots are.” Explains Anna Fredriksson Linköping University, the National Demonstration Coordinator for Sweden.

As there’s currently a large gap in accurate data on construction logistics flows and their share in total traffic flow, we are therefore thrilled to gain better insight and shed some light on these patterns. The expertise each party in MIMIC is bringing on board makes us look forward to work with this committed group of experts passionate about construction logistics to tackle the challenges ahead!” Explains Nicholas Brusselaers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, representing Brussels at the consortium meeting. 

We will start having a start-up meeting with the case project owners/LOI-partners Omsorgsbygg (OBY), but also make sure to meet with the other stakeholders to get input for construction logistic scenarios. We will also prepare the first round of qualitative empirical collection through interviews. 
And after this investigate background information on: MAMCA/CIVIC; The Constructions Logistics Game; Sustainable impact assessment; Case project Oslo
.” explains Cecilie Flyen, SINTEF, the National Demonstration Coordinator for Oslo.  

What was the best take away from the consortium meeting in Vienna?

Pamela Nolz, the National Demonstration Coordinator for Vienna:
The identification of interfaces between different tasks and institutions paves the way for fruitful cooperation and achievement of common objectives.

Anna Fredriksson, the National Demonstration Coordinator for Sweden:
The nice atmosphere and the possibilities of learning new things from the others, which will open up for new joint work.

Nicholas Brusselaers, representing Brussels at the consortium meeting:
Delighted to hear all demonstration parties are eager to use MAMCA to gain support from all stakeholders. Different actors generally have different interests, and there’s a need for support from all these stakeholders to implement innovative and more sustainable solutions. That’s where MAMCA comes in: given complex scenarios, the MAMCA methodology will enable us to gain insight on how different alternatives for transport to, from and on construction sites contribute to the interests of the different stakeholders involved.

Cecilie Flyen, the National Demonstration Coordinator for Oslo:
Everything really! Meeting everybody, and finding mutual interests and challenges, learning about MAMCA and CIVIC, and all the fruitful discussions about MIMIC.

During the MIMIC consortium meeting, the participants had the chance to play and evaluate the construction logistics game that was developed during CIVIC. Partly, this was meant as a team building exercise and partly to give input on how the game can be further developed during MIMIC. The result of this workshop was firstly laughter, but also valuable input on how the game can be simplified and tweaked in order to have a more playable and educational game. Going forwards, we will continue the development of the game to have a powerful tool for explaining how construction logistics plays a vital part in making urban development projects less disturbing for the surrounding society while simultaneously ensuring smooth delivery of the individual construction projects within the development area,” explains Mats Janné, Linköping University.