The workshop has been organised in the framework of the Active Construction Waste Reduction task.

Last week, our partner Plan B hosted a two-day conference in their premises in Gothenburg, Sweden to address the project’s most challenging objectives using a Scrum framework. Counting on the knowledge and experience from Carolin Röske, Digitalisation Leader at PlanB, the participating team formed by Rebecca Markgren, Therese Wetterstrom, Linnea Sernemyr and Ylva Lemke shared ideas to develop their concepts and activities within Reincarnate from a secured, creative and motivated perspective, contributing to develop new ways to increase the reuse of building components in Sweden.

The workshop has been organised in the framework of the Active Construction Waste Reduction task of the project, whose mission is to develop the Lean Construction Resource Planning concepts and methods for active waste reduction during construction work. Solutions focus on using building information within the CP-IM platform for planning construction works better and reduce scrap material and over-purchasing of materials and products due to inaccurate quantity estimates and take-offs, including carbon inventorization. This task is also focusing on component and product reuse to extend the lifecycle and therefore reduce waste.


Why the scrum approach? 

The scrum framework guides the creation of a product or service, focusing on value and high visibility of progress. Working from a dynamic list of the most valuable things to do within the Reincarnate project, PlanB brought the main outcome of the project (the CP-IM platform) from an idea to life using the scrum framework as a way to encourage transparency, inspection, and adaptation.

Scrum is an Agile project management methodology that in this particular case involved a small team of 4 people led by the Scrum master Carolin Röske, whose main job is to remove all obstacles to getting work done. In a Scrum framework, work is done in short cycles called sprints, and in this workshop, the team met during two days to discuss current tasks and any roadblocks that need clearing.

Results of the workshop

In this initial workshop the scrum methodology was introduced to the team and the product backlog was created. The task of the Reincarnate project which Plan B leads was broken down into actionable items and activities. Those backlog items will now be prioritised in the recurring sprint-planning meetings and moved into the sprint backlog as necessary. Then the team works on the tasks during the sprint.

About PlanB

Plan B helps the built environment sector’s parties to become more efficient, sustainable, and competitive through the most powerful instrument of our time – digitalisation. With innovative digital solutions and a commitment and understanding of gender equality and sustainable development, Plan B plays a vital role in a project such as Reincarnate, which aims to develop the technical and social means to give new opportunities to buildings, construction products and materials through technology.

To face the enormous challenges of sustainability, efficiency and cost in the construction sector, Plan B has been working for 20 years, moving from a specialist CAD company to a digital partner to a diverse mix of stakeholders who run projects such as Reincarnate. With their expertise in digitalisation and sustainability, they are taking part in the Reincarnate Circular Potential – Information Model (CP-IM) as contributors to the models, inspections, and predictive life-cycle information.

Plan B is an expert in developing methodologies, processes, and work descriptions for digital twin concepts during design and construction. Therefore, they are supporting the innovative concepts for avoiding construction waste elaborated in the Active Construction Waste Reduction task of the Reincarnate project within the WP2. Together with other partners, they will develop the Lean Construction Resource Planning concepts and methods for active waste reduction during construction work.

At the Reincarnate project, Plan B leads the Component and product reuse task within WP3 on Solutions for adaptive reuse and recycling. This WP aims to develop solutions and possibilities to adapt buildings and their products to new uses. Plan B will generate the required concept to allow for de-installing products and components of buildings and to reuse them in other buildings at the high product quality.

Thanks to Plan B, Reincarnate will help architects and designers to recycle and reuse in their construction projects, integrating carbon-saving potential methods. Ultimately, all our approaches to address component and product reuse will be validated by a user group of architects, construction, and demolition contractors.

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