Innovate UK has approved funding for the Winvic construction project that relates to cross-sector multidisciplinary research group. The consortium comprising Winvic, Costain, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), and Edgetrix Ltd will use the £800,000 funding.
The fund-raised will be used for the project titled ‘AI System for Predicting Embodied Carbon in Construction’ (ASPEC). This is used to develop the first embodied carbon analytics AI system of its kind over the next two years.
The project undertaken predicts the carbon output on building and infrastructure projects based on materials carbon data, BIM designs, and lessons learned from past projects. Construction companies have been on the roll in continuing to make advances in how they address both embodied and operational carbon emissions.
There is no efficient way for design teams to proactively drive down the embodied carbon and carbon footprint of projects. This will propel constructors and materials manufacturing firms to meet the UK Government target of removing 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030.
The proposed ASPEC has three components- AI-based Embodied Carbon Calculator (ECC), Embodied Carbon Analytics and Simulation Platform (ECAS), and BIM-based Design Support Tool for Embodied Carbon Analytics (B-DST). These three components will help meet the tangible needs of the industry.