Smart Construction Challenge

Smart Construction

Smart Construction Challenge

On February 19, 2020 at Bosch Connected World in Berlin, Contilio was named the winner of the Smart Construction Challenge.

The performance analytics platform developer was awarded €25,000 and a live Proof-of-Concept at a construction site in Singapore. As soon as conditions permit, we plan to launch another Challenge related to the Smart Construction industry.


In the Smart Construction Challenge, design and implementation organizations compete globally on challenges with real-world customer requirements. The focus of the Challenge is to advance real-world validation of Smart Construction applications and solutions in the Industrial Internet, and to bring together cloud, edge, fog and IoT technologies.

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About the Competition

The main goal of this initiative was to jointly develop solutions that provided real value-add to the construction industry, based on direct user feedback and field trials. The Industrial Internet Consortium and its partners aimed to build an ecosystem that would jointly bring the new solutions to the market.

The competition looked at the complete property lifecycle, from the initial planning to construction to operations by a Facility Management Company (FMC). A key assumption was that the construction site evolves over time, from empty site to a final, completed building. The Challengewas articulated in different Use Cases, targeting Construction Assurance, Track and Trace for Onsite Logistics and Smart Worker Equipment.

The winning entries provided the most innovative solution that enabled companies to efficiently manage the flow of materials and equipment in construction, damage prevention as well as benefit construction workers while enhancing safety and quality of work environment. We believe these aspects to be essential for any lean construction project.

The Challenge worked under the assumption that BIM (Building Information Modeling) was used as the foundation for planning, construction and operations, providing a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the building.

It’s important to keep in mind that the Challenge was not focused on who wins, but on who participates. Our goal was to help you create solutions that you can successfully bring to market. To get the most mileage out of the Challenge, we encourage you to promote and publicize your Challenge Journey.

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Judicial Committee

The judges for the competition represent Bosch, Liebherr, TÜV and Züblin. They are supported by representatives from the Industrial Internet Consortium, MachNation, and the Trusted IoT Alliance.

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Evaluation Criteria

The judging criteria for the Smart Construction Challenge are as follows:

  • Business
    How well does the proposal support the outlined use cases, provide value add for end-customers, and deliver innovation?
  • Technology
    How well does the proposal describe how it will ensure scalability and realistic rollout in an enterprise environment? Proof of Concepts will be given bonus consideration.
  • Community Contribution
    How well have the contributors supported the Smart Construction Challenge events reflected in the timeline?

The judges will also be evaluating the following:

  • Meeting Customer Requirements
    How is your proposal addressing the use cases and pain points identified for this challenge?
  • Shortening Time-to-Money
    How does your proposal, if built-out to production scale, lend itself to a rapid time-to-money (TTM)?
  • Decentralization
    How does your proposal contribute to the technological design of a decentralized  ecosystem by proposing and building common infrastructure operation (DLT, multiparty computation), software and hardware architectures, standards, reusable components, etc.?
  • Multi-domains
    How does your proposal integrate separated domains along the way? (e.g., lodging, food, commerce, energy, public sector, etc.)
  • Industry Engagement
    How has your team and team participants participated in industry-related marketing and technology activities including industry hackathons, challenge-related activities in Europe, trade shows, stopping by the entrant’s HQ for a demo, meeting the entrant’s team to work on the car or systems, etc.?
  • Competition
    How does your proposal support cooperation within an IoT and distributed ledger community that might be comprised of companies that traditionally compete?

Technical Logistics and Requirements

As BIM (Building Information Modeling) is assumed to be the foundation for planning, construction and operations, a key goal of the Challenge is to examine in how far Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) would be suitable to support a de-centralized approach to managing BIM data. This leads to explore de-centralized data marketplace or similar mechanism, which enables the selective availability of BIM data, as well as writing events back to the BIM model. This mechanism will have to ensure that different visibility levels for the BIM data can be ensured.

Building on such an innovative data management infrastructure, each team shall select one of three use cases: Construction Assurance, Track and Trace for Onsite Logistics and Smart Worker Equipment.

Since the Challenge operates under incomplete information, which is inevitable when opening new frontiers and creating a new marketplace, the Challenge will reward those who are able to work on defining and clarifying the space itself and building the tools for themselves and for others.

Therefore, it will be a requirement for entrants to join the Challenge Working Group, participate in a regular conference call, and work with partners and competitors to define the Use Case’s technological features.

More details are provided on conference calls and during the hackathons, and other channels that will be agreed upon on the calls.

Challenge Overview