SEMANTIC TOOLS FOR CARBON REDUCTION IN URBAN PLANNING Co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme Deliverables This document describes the methodology developed during the first year of the SEMANCO project. Its purpose is to explain how the work of the Tasks in different  Work Packages (WPs) can be integrated. As such it introduces the tools and mechanisms used to ensure the integrated development of the different components of  the project.   Deliverable 1.8: Project Methodology Lead partner: FUNITEC, September 21st 2012 Download  This work grounds the ICT development within the SEMANCO project in the case study sites. To do so it presents an initial analysis of the following for the Spanish,  Danish and UK sites: The current situation with regard to the energy performance of the built environment.  The urban planning policy frameworks and strategies for reducing CO2 emissions. The implemented urban planning schemes.  The relevant actors involved in the urban planning processes.   Data requirements and data sources. The expected outcomes of the analytical tools under development.  Deliverable 2.1: Report of the case studies and analysis Lead partner: CIMNE, March 30th 2012  Download  This document presents two tools developed to help different types of user involved in the ontology design -domain experts, data owners, and ontology engineers-  to integrate data from multiple sources collaboratively using standard semantic technologies:  an OWL mapping extractor and  an ontology mapping collaborative  web environment.  These tools can be used: 1.To generate an OWL ontology from a schema database (almost all data sources exist as databases), 2.To translate  relational data stored in tables and columns to RDF format according to the local ontology previously generated, and 3. To provide an environment where users can  easily map a local ontology to a global ontology according to their knowledge.​ Deliverable 4.1: Environments for collaborative ontology Mapping Lead partner: FUNITEC, October 10th 2012 Download  The purpose of this report is:  To propose a methodology for classifying and characterising energy related data by means of a shared terminology which will be used in the subsequent  semantic modelling and ontology building processes.  This methodology will help domain experts and ontology engineers to identifying concepts and  relationships between data. To provide a set of standard forms to collect and describe data and data sources which will be used in the ontology building process as well as in the analysis  performed by tools.  Deliverable 3.1: Report on the Accessible Energy Data Lead partner: POLITO, September 21st 2012 Download  This report provides  strategies to monitor CO2 emissions and a list of indicators that can be used to measure the performance of strategies to reduce CO2  emissions. Deliverable 2.2: Strategies and Indicators for Monitoring CO2 Emissions Lead partner: RAMBOLL, October 15th 2012 Download  The processes of design, implementation and monitoring of the demonstration scenarios in the three cases of study are defined in this report. The scenarios have  been designed to ensure a comparable parallel development and to facilitate the exchange of experiences at the European level.   Deliverable 8.1: Implementation Plan Lead partner: CIMNE, October 15th 2012 Download  This report provides: a ) Guidelines for structuring and semantically modelling energy data, allowing the building of ontologies; b) Standard Tables for structuring and  modelling the data; and c) Mapping Tables to create correspondences between the ontology and data deriving from the databases or from the tools.  Deliverable 3.2: Guidelines for Structuring Energy Data Lead partner: POLITO, January 21st 2013 Download  This report provides guidelines for structuring and semantically modelling contextual data which are necessary for the development of the ontologies. Some  standards and literary references are presented as the main sources for carrying out the ontological work as regards the energy-related data. The Standard Tables,  in which the contextual data are structured and semantically modelled, are provided. The way to connect all the Standard Tables and to refer them to different  territorial scales constitutes a true application of semantics which is not constrained to buildings but which also embraces the urban scale. Deliverable 3.3: Guidelines for Structuring Contextual Data Lead partner: POLITO, March 21st 2013 Download  A presentation of the ontology repository which contains the data sources provided by the three case studies. The repository contains two kinds of data: building  typologies based on building use or year of construction; and urban data including contextual information. A semantic integration process has been carried out to  transform the relational data sources into Resource Description Framework (RDF) according to the semantic energy model developed in the project. This process  has applied the ontology mapping tools created in the project as well as the data sources mapping tables collected by the partners. Deliverable 3.4: Ontology repository with migrated data Lead partner: FUNITEC, April 30th 2013 Download  The report is a description of two environments created in the project to support the ontology design and building, as follows. 1. An ontology editor, a tool to facilitate  cooperative ontology design involving ontology designers and domain experts, such as building engineers and energy consultants.  2. A semantic data explorer to  enable domain experts to explore the data exposed by the Semantic Energy Information Framework (SEIF).    Deliverable 4.3: User interfaces for domain experts interacting with SEIF Lead partner: HAS, April 30th 2013 Download  The report summarises the findings from the stakeholder requirements capture conducted during the first eighteen months of the project. The outcomes of this  exercise are the identification, specification and validation of a range of Use Cases applicable to Denmark, Spain and the UK. The Use Cases are described in the  form of a detailed specification for the practical application of the ICT tools by a range of stakeholders.  Deliverable 6.1: Stakeholder requirements analysis Lead partner: UOT, April 30th 2013 Download  This report presents a description of the development of the 3D building models in the three case study areas and of the energy modelling tools for the case studies’  building stock. These tools are capable of identifying an urban area’s baseline energy consumption and CO2 emissions, a critical step for correctly targeting CO2   reduction interventions.  Deliverable 5.1: Building Extraction and Classification Tools Lead partner: UOT, July 31st 2013 Download  This report describes the development of analysis tools which combine a visual-based approach with complex data mining to support the decision making process of stakeholders and their consultants. The tools described achieve the retrieval and systematization (facilitated by the SEMANCO ontology), probabilistic analysis and  visualisation (interacting with the project’s 3DMaps) of data from a variety of sources.   Deliverable 5.2: Tools for Energy Analysis Lead partner: HAS, July 31st 2013 Download  This report describes the implementation of the first stage of the Implementation Plan, applying existing data and tools in real scenarios with actual users in the  Case Study areas. The report identifies refinements in the Use Cases and Tools that will be required for the second implementation round. Deliverable 8.2: Implementation Success Indicators Lead partner: CIMNE, June 18th 2013 Download  This document presents the SEMANCO integrated platform at its current level of implementation, at the end of the second year of the project. The content of this  report includes the development process undertaken in the last year of work -consisting of a sequence of cycles of design, development and testing of the platform  prototype- as well as the structure and functionalities of the platform at its current stage of development. The integrated platform is the front-end for users with  different profiles to interact with the semantic data using tools that are associated to a model of an urban energy system.  Deliverable 5.4: Prototype of the Integrated Platform Lead partner: FUNITEC, October 30th 2013 Download  Description of the interfaces –based on standard technologies such as SPARQL– to connect external tools with the data sources collected by means of the  Semantic Energy Information Framework (SEIF). A federation engine is introduced along with explanations of how interoperability issues (in terms of query language  and protocol of access) are solved. The SEIF mediates between tools and data sources at two levels: first, conceptually, by providing a semantic energy model  shared by tools and data; and second, technically, through a federation of related data sources and answering data queries  Deliverable 5.2: Tools for Energy Analysis Lead partner: FUNITEC, October 30th 2013 Download  This report updates the impact verification strategy from Deliverable 2.3 and provides recommendations to continue with the development of the integrated platform  functionalities whose purpose is to help to reduce CO2 emissions at the urban level.  It provides strategies which will enable the verification of the impact of the  integrated tools and associated methodologies, which will be then applied in WP 8 in three yearly cycles.  Download  Lead partner: CIMNE, October 30th 2013 Deliverable 2.4: Updated impact verification The Semantic Energy Information Framework (SEIF)  is a key technological component of the entire SEMANCO project. The main goal of the SEIF is to facilitate the  energy assessment and analysis tools integrated within the SEMANCO platform the access to the distributed data sources that hold the data they require. The SEIF  is made of the following components: A federation engine; mapping tools; a  semantic data explorer  and a set of requirements in the energy model. Download  Lead partner: FUNITEC, October 30th 2013 Deliverable 4.5: Semantic Energy Information Framework Deliverable 4.2: Semantic Energy Model Lead partner: FUNITEC, March 21st 2013 Download  An ontology design methodology devised specifically for the project which focuses on the integration of data sources and on facilitating the processing  of federated queries. Ontology requirements are captured in the use cases and the activities have been processed to implement the semantic energy  model. A semantic energy model described as a formal ontology using Web Ontology Language 2 (OWL 2) is reported. This model comprises concepts  gathered from the use cases and the data sources provided by three case studies (Manresa, Copenhagen, Newcastle).  This is a report of the implementation of the SEMANCO tools in the second round of demonstration scenarios carried out in the three cases of study: Newcastle,  Copenhagen and Manresa. The goal of these demonstrations was to check whether the integrated platform, in its current state, provides relevant and qualified  information to support energy efficient urban planning.   In particular, the evaluation covered the following issues:   Access to data: The users evaluated whether the data made available on the SEMANCO integrated platform is useful for making decisions in the planning of  energy efficient urban areas and whether any items of data that they required to do this were missing from the platform.   Use of tools: The users evaluated whether the tools available on the platform were adequate for supporting decision making regarding urban energy  efficiency.   Performance indicators: The users evaluated whether the set of indicators currently available on the SEMANCO platform are adequate for supporting their  decision-making, or whether the platform should be extended to include additional indicators. Download  Lead partner: CIMNE, April 30th 2014 Deliverable 8.3: Intermediate implementation report The purpose of the work summarized in this report has been to empirically demonstrate the feasibility of using semantic web technologies to facilitate the  communication between semantically modelled data obtained from multiple sources and existing energy simulation tools. With this purpose, an urban energy  simulation software application named URSOS -developed by the University of Zaragoza - has been integrated as a tool in the SEMANCO platform. The report  describes the process and following to integrate this tool with the semantic data.     Download  Lead partner: FUNITEC, April 30th 2014 Deliverable 5.5: Interoperable tools with SEIF Deliverable 4.6: VoCamp “Energy Data Models for Urban Planning” Lead partner: FUNITEC, February 13th 2014 A report has been published which summarizes the work carried out in the VoCamp on "Integrating multiple domains and scales" which took place at the School of  Architecture and Engineering La Salle, Barcelona, Spain on 13-14t February 2014. The purpose of this VoCamp was to discuss the application of ontologies to  integrate data from various domains and scales to improve the energy efficiency in urban areas. This report summarizes the program and objectives of the VoCamp,  the presentations delivered by participants and the outcomes of the discussions. Thirty researchers from ten countries representing five research projects  (SEMANCO, Ready4SmartCities, NRG4Cast, COOPERaTE and Odysseus) participated at this event.  Download  Deliverable 5.3: Energy Simulation and Trade-off Visualisation Tool Lead partner: UoT, June 30th 2014 This report presents the development of fully integrated intervention assessment tools for each of the three case studies, and a multi criteria tool for considering the  effects of different energy efficiency interventions in the built environment that can be applied in each of the three case studies. These tools built on the previous  work developed in Deliverable 5.1. Besides, a generic multi criteria based trade off tool to rank the improvement options has been created. This tool can be applied  across all three case study areas. All tools reported in this document have been integrated in the SEMANCO platform.  Download  Deliverable 7.5: Project Stakeholder Dissemination Events Lead partner: UoT, June 30th 2014 This document summarizes the three stakeholder workshops were held in the three stakeholder areas: Newcastle, Manresa and Copenhagen. The events featured a combination of some invited keynote speakers in the area of energy efficiency with presentations about SEMANCO and opportunities for the participants to discuss  these ideas with each other. The combined overall attendance for the three events has reached around 130 people. The events both provided a very useful  evaluation of the outputs of the SEMANCO project by relevant stakeholders, and contributed to the dissemination of these results.    Download  Energy efficient urban planning processes involve multiple scales and time. Also, urban planning practices practices are multidimensional in nature as they  encompass social, political, economic, technical and environmental aspects. It is necessary, therefore, to have accounting frameworks to come up with the  appropriate energy performance indicators and strategies which then can be supported by tools accessing semantically modeled data. This report proposes a  methodology to be followed to identify those indicators and strategies operating at multiple levels and domains. Deliverable 2.3: Impact Verification Lead partner: CIMNE, September 21st 2012 Download  Deliverable 5.6: Operative integrated platform Lead partner: FUNITEC, July 31th 2014 This document presents the final version of the SEMANCO integrated platform developed in Task 5.6 Integrated platform. This final version is the result of the  development of the previous prototype reported in Deliverable 5.4 Prototype of the integrated platform. The work done in Task 5.6 encompasses the integration of  the new tools developed since the creation of the prototype, the improvement of some of the prototype functionalities, and the enhancement of the interfaces. A  usability test has been designed for final users to assess the performance of the platform in in the demonstration scenarios. ​ Download  Deliverable 6.3: Identifying implementation strategies and business models Lead partner: UoT, July 31th 2014 The work presented in this report identifies business models to enable the application of the tools developed in SEMANCO project beyond the initial case study  areas. It is of interest to those involved in the application of ICTs to urban planning in both research and business spheres and potential customers that could benefit  from the application of the SEMANCO platform. The information obtained through this task is also of interest to the SEMANCO partners as it directly informs future  exploitation plans for the SEMANCO platform, associated tools and services.  Download  Deliverable 6.5: Engaging practitioners beyond the case studies Lead partner: UoT, September 30th 2014 This report describes the work undertaken throughout the course of the SEMANCO project in order to disseminate the results, including: events organized by the  project, participation in external events, and academic and non-academic publications.  Download  Deliverable 2.5: Final verification Lead partner: CIMNE, November 30th 2014 This report presents the final impact verification of the capacities of the SEMANCO integrated platform: 1. To respond to the needs identified in each case study 2. To  support energy efficient urban planning and 3. To deliver relevant information to stakeholders involved in energy efficient urban planning.  Download  Deliverable 3.5: Enhancing Available Data Lead partner: POLITO, September 30th 2014 Update of the Energy Standard Tables with new terms added to the categories "Energy systems, energy quantities and boundary conditions data" and "Contextual  data".  Download  Urban development projects in Denmark, Spain in the UK have been analyzed to identify key parameters related to policy, data, stakeholders and technical  requirements. The analysis led to a set of recommendations to be considered in the design of the SEMANCO platform.  Download  Lead partner: RAMBOLL, January 23rd 2014 Deliverable 6.2: Identication of Key Parameters Relevant to CO2 Reduction in Urban Development Projects Deliverable 8.4: Implementation Effectiveness Lead partner: CIMNE, November 14th 2014 This report describes the third and final stage of the implementation plan for the demonstrations of the SEMANCO platform.  It includes the results of the usability  tests performed by end-users. Download