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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-11-01 - 2024-10-31

ACUTE addresses the challenges of sustainable urban passenger mobility, freight transport, connectivity and accessibility as an integral and essential part of sustainable urban development. ACUTE aims to create a space for stakeholder exchange and co-creation. It provides an inclusive environment for urban actors with diverse backgrounds (researchers, practitioners, public administrators, entrepreneurs, social innovators, etc.) to discuss current themes and priorities and identify the most pressing urban challenges of today and the future. ACUTE will support ENUAC-funded projects and enable cross-project cooperation. Also it will extract, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from these projects and provide it to other stakeholders and projects. Further it will initiate efforts to support practitioners and the mainstreaming of research results and provide strategic support for the future Horizon Europe Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) programme. ACUTE has a carefully selected consortium from geographically different regions and complementary areas of knowledge with contacts to relevant networks. This will ensure the dissemination of the project outcomes to many countries and cities in Europe.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-03-01 - 2022-12-31

This project aims to develop a wet storage concept for Vorarlberg with the following objectives and results: - Survey of the urgent need for additional wet storage capacities for small forest owners and small enterprises. - Strategic evaluation of the spatial distribution of additional wet storage capacities - Analysis of the required size of individual wet storage sites and the required number of new wet storage sites - Site search in the proposed regions and examination of the concrete availability of sites as well as the availability conditions - Calculation of the required investment costs for available and suitable sites - Survey of the willingness of landowners, municipalities, regional planning communities and other potential developers to actually construct wet storage sites and to bear the investment costs after deduction of the subsidy or to pre-finance the projects. - Concrete operator models for the operation of the wet storage facilities and possible operators - Calculation of the wet storage and operator costs as well as the logistical effort required to operate the wet storage facilities. - Derivation of suitable framework conditions, acceptance modalities and costs for potential suppliers and buyers of the wet storage facilities.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-05-01 - 2025-01-31

With the increasing availability of broadband communication (ultra-wide band, UWB) in mobile devices (e.g. cell phones, tablets) and the expected progress in localization and tracking of objects using 5G communication networks, a wide range of application possibilities also arise in an industrial environment. Particularly in combination with existing technologies such as RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and their advantages (low costs, simple installation, low power consumption or even components that can be operated completely passively), customized solutions can also be found for industries that have so far hardly been able to benefit from digitalization. Prefabricated houses in timber frame construction represent a significant factor in the Austrian and European construction industry due to the rapid construction method using prefabrication. Increasing demands in terms of customer individualization and improved product qualities are exerting increasing pressure on the prefabricated house sector. However, digitization is only present in the production of prefabricated houses in rudimentary form, while the demands on the product are becoming increasingly diverse. The specific goal of this project is therefore to research and test required methods, components and systems for proactive production planning and thus increase the productivity of existing and future plants. Due to the highly individualized products, this is a particular challenge in the production of prefabricated houses: wall segments are manufactured in variant flow processes, which requires individual processing steps that often cannot be handled with a uniform production line and require special workstations. The throughput time of the wall segments to the individual processing stations is therefore subject to strong fluctuations depending on the individual equipment of the segment, which currently prevents proactive planning of production capacities to avoid delays and waiting times between the individual production steps. To enable forward-looking production planning, the current production plant is to be modeled in the form of a digital twin. Based on the model, online planning procedures will be designed to enable data-driven production planning. With the help of the digital twin, the designed planning procedures and the existing production data (planning data of the wall segments to be produced and measurement data, which are obtained directly at the plant and which represent the current status of production), methods for proactive resource planning and for the improvement of production throughput times will be obtained.

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