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EPSRC Reference: EP/N509012/1
Title: Deconstruction and Recovery Information Modelling (DRIM): A Tool for identifying and reclaiming valuable materials at end-of-life of Buildings
Principal Investigator: Oyedele, Professor LO
Other Investigators:
Adelopo, Dr I Kumar, Professor V Karimu, Mr B
Ruan, Dr X
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Faculty of Business and Law
Organisation: University of the West of England
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 April 2016 Ends: 31 March 2018 Value (£): 218,964
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Building Ops & Management Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
EP/N509036/1
Panel History:  
Summary on Grant Application Form
More than 50,000 buildings are demolished yearly in the UK leading to huge demolition waste that ends in landfill (Power,

2014). It is noted that demolition waste comprises significant proportion of valuable building materials that could be re-used

for new constructions or refurbishment if recovered properly. However, no such tool currently exists that can help in

identification of valuable building materials for reuse & recycling. The overall aim of this project is to develop an

intelligence-based tool called Deconstruction and Recovery Information Modelling (DRIM) that will enable identification of

reusable and recoverable building materials at end-of-life of a building. DRIM Tool will enable: (i) production of

deconstruction plan; (ii) simulation of deconstruction process; (iii) production of deconstruction protocols during demolition

of the building to enable efficient recovery; (iv) improved demolition waste collection schemes. The tool is aimed at both

new and existing buildings sector. The Tool will use innovative technologies that include ontologies, NoSQL and big data

analytics to capture and predict end-of-life properties and value of building materials. It is about circular economy in the

construction industry.

Methodology and Plan: This is a 24 Months (M) project of 8 Work Packages (WP): (i) WP1 - Data collection on Materials

properties using workshops with Designers and Suppliers - Month 1 - 6 (6M); (ii) WP2 - Creation of Semantic Store with

End-of-Life Material Properties - Month 4 - 9 (6M); (iii) WP3 - Creation of Big Data Analytics Simulation Platform - Month 7 -

12 (6M); (iv) WP4 -Prototype DRIM Development - Month 9 - 12 (4M); (v) WP5 - Full DRIM Development - Month 13 - 21

(9M); (vi) WP6 - Security & Testing of DRIM tool - Month 22 - 23 (2M); (vii) WP7 - Exploitation and Dissemination - Month 4

- 24 (21M); and (viii) WP8 - Project Management - Month 1 - 24 (24M). - (Please see Appendix B for Gantt Chart).

Key Milestones, Deliverables & Realistic Timelines: WP1 - Gigantic Dataset of Material Properties @ M6; WP2 - Database

storage of End-of-Life Material Properties @ M9; WP3 - Big Data Analytics based Simulation Platform @ M12; WP4 -

DRIM Prototype @ M12; WP5 - DRIM Full System @ M21; WP6 - Packaged DRIM Tool @M23; WP7 - Exploitable &

Dissemination Outputs @ M4 to M24; and WP8 - Quarterly Project Reports & Meetings.

Clear Management Reporting Lines: Lara Ayris from Waste Plan Solutions Ltd. (WPS) will project manage and coordinate

project resources, with the support of Project Administrator and Exploitation Manager for wider roll-out. Project

Management Board (PMB) will be set to drive project, monitor project progress and provide relevant advice. Using

PRINCE2 methodology, Task managers for each WP will (i) manage day-to-day project activities (ii) meet with their WP

team on weekly basis (iii) meet monthly (iv) report quarterly to the PMB about work progress . - (Please see Appendix B for

Project Management Structure).

Rival Solutions: None of the existing waste tools within the industry (i.e. ArchiCAD, Revit, SMARTWaste, WRAP Netwaste,

etc.) has deconstruction and material recovery functionality. The DRIM tool is therefore unique within the industry. It will

provide a simulation platform to benchmark the whole-life sustainability of designs in terms end-of-life re-usable, recyclable

and recovered materials.

Alternative R&D Strategies: Concurrent Engineering (CE) model which is based on parellelization of tasks (Work

Packages) will be used as a R&D approach for this project, as compared to traditional waterfall model where tasks are

carried out sequentially. CE will therefore enable R&D completion within 2 years of project duration.
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