As of January 2nd, 2023, the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (hereinafter -EDI) has started the implementation of the “Horizon Europe” project “One Step Open DBL solution” (hereinafter – OpenDBL). The project intends to integrate multidisciplinary know-how to solve the issues of the current architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industry. The challenge of the project is to allow, through the development of openAPI, the disposal of openDBL in a unique standardized platform and create useful content, to simplify the workload of the AECO industry.

The project pursues 3 objectives:
1) create a digital building logbook (DBL) with useful content and functionalities,
2) ensure our DBL is usable and simple to use, reducing the time spent to upload, search and use the information and data to facilitate usage and gain wide adoption,
3) ensure attractive economics, through value propositions and convenient pricing.
We’ll provide any user with an integrated platform for their digitization needs; ensure that information and data conform to the latest trends and needs of our target clients and support the EU’s circular economy and green policies; develop automatic classification systems and data standards; facilitate the operation and maintenance activities of the building. This will be achieved by creating an Information Delivery Manual and a Data Model and further developing our existing platform already used for the creation of a DBL. This platform will support data matching with external databases and will integrate with state-of-the-art technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT and VR).
Our ambition is to make openDBL the platform of reference for the monitoring of building consumption, the transparencies of transactions and official documents, and the positive impact on maintenance and environmental.
EDI Deputy Director for Development and Senior Researcher Dr. Kaspars Ozols emphasizes: “The construction industry is one of the least digitized industries in Europe. If Europe wants to stay competitive in this industry and also stay environmentally friendly, while meeting the ambitions of the European Green Deal, it has to invest in the development of new and innovative solutions for the digitalization of the construction and management of buildings. We are therefore delighted that the European Commission has chosen to support this particular project, as I believe that it will lead to a wide range of commercially viable solutions that will have a major impact on the industry in the future.”
EDI Researcher Janis Judvaitis remarks: “This is a great opportunity to use our knowledge, resources and infrastructure to participate in the development of a modern European level data platform and provide meaningful improvements to the economy of Europe and also Latvia”.
In order to achieve the goals of the project within 36 months, the project consists of 13 partners from 8 countries (Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Greece) with a total budget of 5.5 million euros.
In this project, EDI will research and develop an IoT platform for the collection of big data (energy consumption, external and internal temperature, # people, etc.) from the building with the ultimate target to derive behaviors, and patterns and provide suggestions on how to reduce energy impacts. To achieve that, it is planned to use the large-scale (100+) node indoor/outdoor IoT Testbed available at EDI facilities. This testbed will allow rapid integration of selected sensors, selection of the most appropriate communication network, and protocols, as well as pre-processing and processing units for energy-efficient and secure data collection.
For more information on the OpenDBL project, please contact Dr. Kaspars Ozols or Janis Judvaitis.