The high degree of digitization in today’s society enables tracking of materials and equipment at construction sites, which provides a deeper understanding and potentially optimizes efficiency. In this way, you can optimize the use while making demands on suppliers on what type of material and equipment you as a customer want and be able to control this in a fast and safe way. In this project, the Volvo Group with Volvo CE challenged the students to create ‘digital dirt’, i.e., to digitize soil masses and other materials, and thus pave the way for understanding the properties, history, and environmental impact of building materials.
The solution is called DNES and is an integrated platform that uses distributed sensors and beacons to provide valuable data to a broad group of key people in the construction industry. DNES allows tracking materials on and off construction sites and other relevant areas that suit users, being both individuals and companies linked to the sale, purchase, and transportation of materials. The solution facilitates tracking and minimizes paperwork because the solution makes it possible to save all data in one place that everyone connected to material handling can take part in. That makes the solution universal and can be used between companies, ensuring that they handle materials per laws, rules, and requirements.
Joakim Gylleneiden, Joel Wirén and Mohammed Ali Mohammed.