Discover more sustainable, and safer, construction works with less inconvenience and cleaner air
The CIVIC handbook has been developed for local governments, clients, developers, contractors, or any other actor that can influence logistics planning and the set-up of construction projects. It can help local governments collaborate with private partners to discover more sustainable, and safer, construction works with less inconvenience and cleaner air. In addition, it can help clients, developers and contractors to ensure smooth and efficient construction operations. Hence, sustainable construction logistics could be a future deal-breaker.
By combining innovation and implementation with applied research, CIVIC supported the movement from “research to market” through experiences from the four European cities that hosted demonstration sites for the project: Brussels, Vienna, Amsterdam and Stockholm.
The transformation of Woluwe Boulevard was the focus of the demonstration in Brussels. This was the first demonstration in the CIVIC project and is aimed mainly at developing the participatory framework, on which the subsequent pilots would be built.
In the Austrian context for aspern Seestadt, a holistic and system-optimal approach was investigated for efficient planning, based on real-time data collected through smart applications and stakeholder consultation. The challenges of coordinating workers at different construction sites and the timely delivery of the material were addressed with the objective of optimizing resource efficiency and reducing traffic. The optimization and impact assessment of alternative sustainability measures benefit participatory decision-making by providing accurate insight into the consequences for and of construction-related transport.
The UvA City Centre Campus is known for its narrow streets, which lead to difficulties in construction logistics. On the other hand, the area offers ample possibilities because it is surrounded by channels. Innovative solutions are therefore available. Besides these challenges, there is a need to approach stakeholder management in a different way: local residents and business associations are very active in the area. The demonstration in Amsterdam was the second demonstration in the CIVIC project and builds on experiences from a previous demonstration with respect to participatory decision-making.
CIVIC WAS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN
CIVIC was a JPI Urban Europe project. The project started in April 2016 and ran until September 2018, with partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden. JPI Urban Europe is a joint programming initiative. The aim is to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas, in which European citizens, communities and their surroundings can thrive.
- The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
- The Brussels Capital Region - Innoviris and the European Union.
- The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems.
- The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) in the framework of the research programme "Stadt der Zukunft" and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW).
- This work was part of the research programme JPI Urban Europe with project number 438.15.403 (CIVIC), which was partly financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
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