Current Living Labs


Léon olde Scholtenhuis, Ph.D.

Cities have ambitions to become smarter. As a result of this amount of buried networks in public space increases, creating a complex maze of underground city infrastructure. How do we execute construction activities on these city infrastructures smoothly - i.e. timely, within budget, without too many hiccups? 

This is one central question to the research activities that the Ssmart Inner City Construction Lab focuses on. His lab explores, develops, and implements models, tools and methods that support activities and decision making along the life cycle of subsurface utilities. Some underlying objectives and questions that drive the research in the lab are, for example:

  • To explore and develop tools that model & visualize subsurface utilities in 3D;
  • To study how geographical and building information models of city infrastructure can be meaninfully integrated to support decision making for utilities; 
  • To identify meaningful attributes and integrate these within a subsurface information model;
  • To develop tools that support multi-stakeholder collaboration and coordination of inner city projects;
  • To develop systems that support inspection of infrastructure.

A most recent deliverable the research work is the development of an approach to support utility reconstruction projects with 4D-CAD visualizations. 

The work conducted in this lab is also part of the following programmes : 

  • (research programme aimed at Reducing Excavation Damage to Utilities and Careful Excavation)
  • (3.TU Bouw research project aimed at visualizing the subsurface in 3D using fuzzy geometry information)