A lot of advances have been made in WP1 during DigiCheck’s first year

The first year of the DigiChecks project is drawing to a close, with the completion of the first Work Package, dedicated to the definition of the requirements for the DigiChecks Framework. Our colleagues from Bureau Veritas summarise the advances of this Work Package during the first 12 months of the project.

The work carried out includes 4 main tasks:

  • The first task was dedicated to the analysis of the different permit management processes and related regulations in EU countries for buildings and infrastructure, in order to converge on common process patterns that can be implemented in DigiChecks, and that can be replicated regardless of country, region or municipality.

In addition to planning permits or building permits, usually required before construction works begin, particular attention has been paid to other permits required for a construction project at different phases (design, permitting, works, achievement). DigiChecks work has also highlighted the major differences between buildings and infrastructure projects. As a result, a dedicated process related to environmental permitting process has also been developed.

  • Then, the second task consisted of the standard information or data required or involved in the permit processes are identified and characterized in order to provide additional context for further studies. It has been shown that, depending on countries, regions, projects or local authorities, data required for a building or planning permit application are not the same. It is therefore not possible to define an exhaustive and specific list of data or information. However, it has been possible to identify major categories of data/information which are involved in the process and management of permits and compliance in building and construction.

The results from the two first tasks have been submitted to the European Commission by the end of the year 2022.

  • The third task was dedicated to compilation of the internal systems of the actors involved in the construction permitting process and their role in the DigiChecks framework. DigiChecks parties agreed that the best way to get that information is to communicate directly with the stakeholders involved in the process of the permit. For this purpose, an online survey was created and distributed in social media. Surveys results show that the Applicant has a higher level of data maturity and digital tools specialization than the Approver. The applicant uses digital tools to produce information that ultimately has to be submitted as a PDF because the approver does not have the resources to do this with BIM/GIS based tools. As a result, these different data maturity levels will be considered in the next steps of DigiChecks.
  • Regarding the last task, it dealt with informing the DigiChecks project consortium on the requirements (Functional, Non-functional, and Technical requirements) that need to be considered for the design and development of the DigiChecks’ framework and to define how to manage the requirements throughout the project life cycle as well as an overview of Verification and Validation (V-V) strategy. The main activities include:
    • Definition of the requirements engineering methodology.
    • Selection and configuration of the requirement specification repository and management tools.
    • Requirements elicitation:  compilation of the inputs from the previous tasks, collect specific needs and expectations from the pilot’s stakeholders.
    • Requirements analysis and specification: identify the catalogue of requirement specifications of the DigiChecks Framework.
    • The final report including the results from the two last tasks will be submitted to the European Commission by the end of June 2023.