The Fraunhofer Italia Research s.c.a.r.l. was founded December 21, 2009 by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Fraunhofer Society) with its first research center located in Bolzano, the Fraunhofer Innovation Engineering Center IEC.
IEC co-operates with private and public partners to promote applied research for the benefit of SMEs and for the society as a whole. Contractual partners are SMEs engaged in the fields of civil engineering, especially in timber construction, mechanical and plant engineering, building contractors and architects, building operator, public bodies, etc.
IEC has been involved in many national and international projects regarding optimization of processes on construction site, energy efficiency in refurbishment, technological solutions to improve energy and structural performance of timber building as well as projects regarding technology and knowledge transfer services and matching platform for research institutes and firms.
Fraunhofer IEC gained significant competencies in the following fields: process optimization in construction applying the Value Stream Engineering methodology in an SME environment; executive design of technological components and building envelopes in energy refurbishment; technological solutions to improve energy and structural performance of timber building; management of technology and knowledge transfer services.
IEC will contribute its expertise especially in the area of project management and process control and contribute to the assistant system being developed in ACCEPT. Also the large experience in the construction sector will help bridge the gap between research, technology and user partners and will directly influence the direction of the ACCEPT project.