The attraction of the EUE (Energizing Urban Ecosystems) research program that focuses on sustainable urban development and the regional innovation ecosystems, services and business models supporting it is growing. At the start of the third season, the number of participants is double that of the previous season. The program aims e.g. to develop and introduce virtual and interactive city models.
The EUE consortium consists of 12 enterprises, e.g. Kone Corporation and Fortum Corporation, the cities of Helsinki and Espoo, the health care organizations of the HUS hospital district and Orton, and five research institutes and universities. Both the enterprises and public operators will benefit from such strong interdisciplinarity and the results of extensive cooperation. Cities and municipalities will get answers to what is expected of new and refurbished urban areas in the future, while companies and consortia will learn how they can offer these solutions in the future.
SITO Oy is a good example of a new program member that studies and pilots the design and operation of the open, continuously updating city model and its integration into the key processes of urban planning. Another subject of its R&D is the sharing of the city model in the form of open data through open interfaces to all users. Practical results of that effort already exists: SITO created a 4D city model of the Kivistö residential and workplace area for the Building Supervision of Vantaa that can be viewed using a Net browser.
Another newcomer, Elisa Corporation, joined the program in order to promote the emergence of a digital service economy through R&D on service structures and their networks. Elisa also has already developed solutions that will allow taking decisive steps together with partners on the path to creating the service economy of the future.
Common vision and three work packages
The three work packages of the research program are Sustainable Innovation City (SIC), Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) and Business in Built Environment (BBE). The work packages and their themes reflect the basic vision of the program and the foundations of urban development at its core: holistic wellbeing, user centric and technology that supports them.
The SIC package, led by SRV, focuses on the processes of sustainable area planning processes from the users’ viewpoint: experience orientation and service design as well as effective use of resources in cities. Answers are sought to how we can design an attractive and ecologically and socially sustainable urban space, and how the carbon emissions of low-rise residential buildings can be brought to a sustainable level.
The RIE package led by the City of Espoo and SITO creates, among other things, area data model concepts by integrating existing data with modern measurement technology, environmental and building models, and virtual elements. Mapping and laser scanning and related solutions are prominently featured as are interaction and BIM. The regional innovation ecosystem will be developed into a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The BBE package led by Fira Oy examines value creation in business settings of several companies or organizations: how they form and function, and how the value creation logic changes during the life cycle.
The key idea behind all RYM research programs is strong international orientation. The EUE program is no exception: it involves active cooperation e.g. with MIT and University of Madrid as well as several other universities across the world.
Jarmo Heinonen, Program Manager
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