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Zurich Hosts 2nd openDBL Plenary Meeting: Shaping the Future of Buildings through Digital Transformation 


In a significant move towards digitizing the building industry, the 2nd plenary meeting of the EU-funded Horizon Europe openDBL project was held in Zurich. This assembly marked a crucial step in the development of an innovative, secure, and open API for interoperability. 

International Collaboration at the Forefront 

Partners from 13 organizations across 8 European countries convened in this meeting. The diverse gathering of 22 participants underscored the importance of international collaboration in driving forward the digital transformation of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sectors.


Focus on Digitization and Sustainability 

The discussions primarily centered around initiatives to digitize the building industry. The goal is to create a multifunctional, interoperable Digital Building Logbook (DBL), which will bring about a paradigm shift in how the industry operates. The DBL also aims to foster transparency and promote sustainability in building practices. 

Simplifying Complex Processes through Open API 

At the heart of the openDBL project is the development of an open API. This initiative is poised to simplify the complex processes prevalent in the AEC industry. By integrating various aspects of construction and building management into a seamless digital format, the open API is set to revolutionize the sector. 

The Outcome: A Digital Building Logbook 

The envisioned digital building logbook from the openDBL project is not just a tool for record-keeping. It is envisioned as a multifunctional platform that will enable stakeholders in the building industry to access, manage, and analyze data in an efficient, sustainable, and transparent manner. This will significantly enhance decision-making processes and project management within the industry. 

A Step Towards a Sustainable Future 

The plenary meeting in Zurich was more than just a gathering of industry experts. It was a testament to the collective effort towards a sustainable and digitally advanced future in construction. The emphasis on European collaboration and innovation at the meeting points to a future where the construction industry is more efficient, transparent, and sustainable. 

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