Winvic to launch ASPEC, a construction carbon calculator

Winvic invites sector to register for free trial of construction carbon calculator, an AI System for Predicting Embodied Carbon in Construction (ASPEC).

Winvic to launch an AI System for Predicting Embodied Carbon in Construction (ASPEC) | BTR News
Winvic to launch an AI System for Predicting Embodied Carbon in Construction (ASPEC).

Winvic Construction Ltd, a contractor specialising in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects, and its partners in a cross-sector multidisciplinary research group, is inviting construction industry professionals to register their interest to access a new embodied carbon analytics AI system. 

Professionals should visit www.carboncalculated.co.uk to join the mailing list, and will be able to access a free trial of ASPEC as soon as its available. 

Winvic, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), and Costain make up the consortium that was awarded £800,000 of funding by Innovate UK in November 2020 to create a fit-for-purpose technology solution to help drive industry carbon emissions down and meet government’s green targets.

Users will be able to upload a 3D BIM file – a Revit model – to the web-based system, and it will calculate the building or infrastructure project’s carbon output within minutes. Materials can then be altered within ASPEC to directly affect the real-time calculations of the carbon data. The aim is to allow construction schemes to be designed in a ‘green first’, non-time-consuming approach. 

ASPEC is integrated with the Government Green House Gas conversion factors, Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE) and the Environment Agency (EA), making it the largest database of environmental construction data in the world. The system allows users to upload their own materials databases, which will work alongside the data points already available.

Winvic and its research group partners have also been engaging with supply chains and other stakeholders throughout the two-year ASPEC project, and 360-degree feedback has been employed with the aim of ensuring the tool is user friendly and functional.       

ASPEC bim model | BTR News
ASPEC bim model.

The system is expected to help propel contractors and material manufacturing firms to meet the UK government target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030. Furthermore, a 50% reduction in carbon emissions has been set through the Construction 2025 strategy and the target for 2050 is to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.

“When we started this Innovate UK funded project two years ago, embodied construction calculation methods were onerous at best and there was simply no efficient way for design teams to proactively reduce the carbon footprint of projects. Therefore, ASPEC is transformational for the industry as contractors, consultants and material manufacturers can at last sit in the driving seat with this fit-for-purpose, cloud-based tool.

“With the Innovate UK two-year funding period now over and development in its final stages, we’re inviting people to visit the ASPEC website to register their interest. We’re looking for professionals to get hands on in a free trial towards the end of the year. This is just the beginning, where we can all make the real impact that is required to meet client and building occupier needs, as well as important government and industry targets.” 

Morgan Hambling, Digital Engineering Manager, Winvic, and Project Lead for ASPEC