MADASTER INFRA LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS ON COURSE

FIRST RESULTS PRESENTED AND PUBLIC DEBATE ON PLANNED NEXT STEPS

Is the composition of the concrete inside a viaduct the same as that in concrete flooring? Does the raw materials agreement also apply to our power grid? And how much material has been used in the infrastructure of our region? These questions are very important in our transition towards a circular economy. Over the past months, Madaster, the registry for building materials, was used as a learning environment by Rijkswaterstaat, ProRail and Alliander. The first results were published on 6 September, during an event about Madaster’s learning environment for infrastructure (Madaster Infra Leeromgeving).

Our national infrastructure is a bulk user of building materials. Large quantities are being used, not only by the learning environment’s initiators, but also by municipalities, provinces and organisations such as water supply companies. Together with advisors, contractors and product suppliers, they also generate valuable information that may facilitate the circular economy. Madaster’s learning environment for infrastructure was utilised to study how data could be used in the realisation of an online library of materials, which should greatly simplify the reuse of building materials.

INITIATORS DRAW LESSONS FROM THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Madaster is more than capable of processing the large diversity in standards, objects and data. This valuable insight was presented during the event of 6 September. The learning environment also leads to new questions, such as how security and privacy should be handled, how collaborations could be applied to streamline standards and guidelines, and how the related supervision should be organised. These questions were input for the public debate facilitated by the initiators.

HE OBJECTIVE: HIGH-QUALITY REUSE OF MATERIALS

The objective of the learning environment is to explore how and under which circumstances an online library of products and materials that are applied in our infrastructure could be used for the transition towards a circular economy. Such a library is to provide insight into the availability and characteristics of the applied products and materials, which will facilitate their high-quality reuse.

INITIATORS OF THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

  • Rijkswaterstaat is the government service for roads and waterways under the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, which works every day on ensuring the Netherlands is a safe, liveable and accessible country.
  • Alliander is a network company responsible for the distribution of energy, such as electricity, natural gas, biogas and heat, to consumers, companies and institutions.
  • ProRail is responsible for the railway network of the Netherlands. It strives to achieve an even better and sustainable railway infrastructure, while also taking the environment and society into consideration.
  • The learning environment is also a participant in the so-called action team ‘passports for construction’ (Paspoorten voor de bouw) of Platform CB’23. Under the leadership of the Dutch standardisation institute (NEN), it also addresses subjects such as privacy, collaboration and security.
  • Madaster is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) focused on eliminating waste through the registration of building materials, thus, providing those materials with an identity. Madaster is governed by representatives from multiple economic sectors.
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