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​​​​​​​Intuitive Self-Inspection Techniques based on BIM for Energy-efficient Buildings:

EU Horizon 2020 Research Project INSITER



​More than 70% of all buildings in the EU nowadays are based on prefab components. The critical mass of energy-efficient buildings in Europe by 2020 can, therefore, be achieved through sustainable building industrialisation. Prefabricated architectural, structural, MEP and HVAC components nowadays are designed and manufactured according to high quality and performance standards. However, realising the targeted performance in design is hampered by critical shortcomings during on-site construction and refurbishment that cause a lower built-quality and sub-optimal energy-saving in the building lifecycle.

The INSITER research project within the EU Horizon 2020 Programme aims to eliminate the gaps in quality and energy-performance between design and realisation of buildings with prefabricated components. The key innovation of INSITER is an intuitive and cost-effective Augmented Reality (AR) system that connects the virtual model based on Building Information Model (BIM) and the physical building in real-time.

The new concept of self-inspection that is performed simultaneously with on-site processes has a strong contrast with the traditional post-inspection approach. INSITER will develop a new methodology and supporting toolset for self-instruction and self-inspection by construction workers, subcontractors, component suppliers, and other stakeholders during on-site working processes.


Ton Damen & Dr. Rizal Sebastian
DEMO Consultants B.V.
Delftechpark 10, 2628 XH Delft
The Netherlands
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T his project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 636063.