Virtual Construction for Roads (V-Con)

Virtual Construction for Roads (V-Con)

Virtual Constructions for Roads (V-Con) was a European project co-funded by the 7th framework program of the European Commission, which has been started in October 2012 and ended at April 1st 2017.

The aim of V-Con was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the participating National Road Authorities by improving data exchange in civil infrastructure with the implementation of Building Information Management (BIM). 

The project consisted of two parts: a development/standardization, part regarding open BIM standards and a Pre-Commercial Procurement part, where market parties has been challenged by the National Road Authorities to develop software tooling to serve the digital data exchange.

Partners

The project was lead by the Dutch Agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat). Other partners are the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and two leading national research institutes in the field of virtual construction from the Netherlands (TNO) and France (CSTB). They have formally joint forces to break out of a circle of IT standstill regarding the use of open standards.

Aims and objectives

V-Con aims at enabling national road authorities to introduce software tools for exchanging and sharing comprehensive road (highway) information with commercial parties in the sector and applying them in their life-cycle and supply-chain processes.

Background

The right IT based integration for infrastructure is seen as a key opportunity here: better information management will lead to shorter lead times, less failure costs, better handover to commercial parties for realization and maintenance of infrastructure and vice versa, improved asset management and better traffic management.

V-Con Pre-Commercial Procurement

PCP is an approach for procuring development of innovation which enables public procurers to: 

  • share risks and benefits of designing, prototyping and testing new products and services with suppliers, without the risk of state aid;
  • create the optimum conditions for wide commercialization and take-up of innovation through standardization and/or publication;
  • pool the efforts of several procurers and a number of market parties. 

By acting as technologically demanding first buyers of innovation, public procurers can drive innovation from the demand side. This enables public authorities to innovate the provision of public services faster and creates opportunities for companies to take international leadership in new markets. For more information, check the website of the European Commission

V-Con PCP consisted of a funnel of three phases: solution design, development prototype, development and testing of pre-production product. 

V-Con PCP was published at TenderNed (Dutch) in March 2015. The original documents of the procedure can be found there, including the elaborated Business and Technical Specifications. For future purposes a Final version of the Technical Specifications has been made available, where in Annex F links can be found to the actual test package derived from real project data. 

In phase 0, V-Con has received 14 proposals from consortia. For phase 1, 6 bids have been selected to start with V-Con, in alphabetical order: 

  • Arcadis/Semmtech [1,2,3] 
  • Demo Consultants [1] 
  • Jotne EPM [1,2] 
  • Sweco [1,2] 
  • TopQuadrant [1,2,3] 
  • Vianova Systems A/S (now Trimble) [1] 

Between brackets is the actual number of the phases that the tenderer has participated in.

V-Con's final results

An extensive description of the results can be found in the download section of this webpage. The key documents of V-Con's final results are: 

Underlying pages