Project details



Digital Platform for Construction in Europe

Start date: 01.09.2019

Duration: 21 months

Coordinator: Politecnico di Milano

Budget: 1 M€


DigiPLACE is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) which has run from September 2019 to May 2021 (with an extension post-COVID of 3 months).

The construction sector is characterised by a high presence of SMEs, low capitalization, a low rate of higher educated employees, low investment in innovation, and a long supply chain. Moreover, in the EU market, different languages, taxation, and regulatory frameworks are obstacles to Union synergies.

Several initiatives have been developed at national level to improve the innovation in this sector. At EU level, some projects were devoted to facilitating the exchange of information, practice and knowledge (e.g. CPR 305/2011 and Levels). DigiPLACE has created a common ecosystem of innovation, standardization and commerce with the aim to collect the achieved results and to increase the productivity of the sector and the quality of its end products (buildings & infrastructures).

Could digitalization help the sector to solve these historical issues and future ones? What kind of digitalization, what kind of market, what kind of production and supply-chain we could imagine? What kind of consumers do we have for our products and services. How do these worlds work together?

DigiPLACE aimed to investigate all these themes with a strong analysis of markets, actors and barriers. It will define a Reference Architecture Framework (RAF) for digital construction platform based on an EU-wide consensus involving a large community of stakeholders and the expertise of selected key players, resulting in a strategic roadmap for successful implementation of this RAF.

List of achievements

The project publications are available here.

The final results are presented in the online DigiPLACE Booklet, with the DigiPLACE Reference Architecture Framework (RAF) and Strategic roadmap.

The DigiPLACE Community is transferred to the METABUILDING Community (and platform).


Contact person: Claudio Mirarchi
Address: Politecnico di Milano