Iceland welcomed the three N-EEC projects

The booming capital of Iceland Reykjavik was the place for the second clustering project Northern-European Energy Cluster (N-EEC) event. Hosted by the Icelandic National Energy Agency Orkustofnun, an open seminar on Thursday October 4 was a success. A total of 20 key energy experts and stakeholders attended the seminar which included 10 presentations by speakers from Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Ireland.

The head organizer and chairman of the seminar Sigurdur Fridleifsson was satisfied about the outcome and discussions happened during the event:

“We were happy to welcome European energy experts and find out that their current focus is pretty much the same as is here in Iceland. It seems that most developed countries put a lot of effort to prevent global warming, or at least slow down it happening.“

Experts from research, education, industry and government focused on energy efficiency in buildings, district heating and heat pumps in their presentations. N-EEC –project will continue by arranging three more events during 2018-19, one in each site: Cork/Ireland, Umeå/Sweden and Narvik/Norway.

The event was supported by N-EEC -project which is a joint dissemination effort with three European development projects: Energy Lighthouse Cities in the NPA Region (e-Lighthouse), Increasing Competence in Northern Building and Construction (ICNB) and Renovation Center - A Nordic Center for Energy Efficient Renovation (RC).

In addition, also the fourth European project, namely visiting H-CHP (funded by NPA) presented their actions at the seminar.

The ICNB project was presented by the OUAS BIM team in ISARC 2018 on July in Berlin, Germany

One of the main aim of the ICNB project is to support the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) who are active in the building industry to increase their competitiveness by employing BIM as modeling. However, it is significant for the ICNB project’s stakeholders to be informed of the international novel progresses, ideas, innovations and current and possible future research and developments by sharing and exchanging knowledge with other international colleagues from universities, research institutes and industries in the building industry.

In this respect, the OAMK BIM team (Oulu University of Applied Sciences) presented a paper in the 35th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction known as ISARC and also participated in the International AEC/FM Hackathon, the construction robotics workshop. The symposium was organized 35 times and it attracted appr. 500 experts worldwide.

The presented paper “Key Factors of an Initial BIM Implementation Framework for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)”, authored by Arman M. Kouch, Kimmo Illikainen and Seppo Perälä, basically provides the realistic key factors for an initial BIM implementation framework based on the previous studies, shared knowledge and experiences. The proposed framework can potentially increase the contractors’ competitiveness and help them to understand BIM as modeling and employ it with less costs and more efficiency.

Nevertheless, it was observed from the presentation Q/A session that what ICNB project is targeting and the SMEs knowledge of BIM are extremely necessary and the importance of the BIM technology for the SMEs are known to a limited extent which even shows much more related researches are required for the SMEs.

Link to the paper: http://www.iaarc.org/publications/fulltext/ISARC2018-Paper190.pdf

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