Project ACCORD Starts with a Kick Off in Helsinki, Finland

The consortium partners working on Horizon Europe’s new research project ACCORD (Automated Compliance Checks for Construction, Renovation or Demolition Works) started planning project activities

New York, Sofia, Basel Friday, September 30, 2022

Sirma AI (trading as Ontotext) together with 20 more partners, took part in the kick-off meeting for the Horizon Europe research project ACCORD hosted by the project coordinator VTT Technical Research Center in Helsinki, Finland on September 8th. The meeting’s agenda included presentation of the consortium partners, overview of the project work packages, detailed planning for the first year project activities, discussions of the exploitation strategy and fine-tuning of the project roadmap.

Automated Compliance Checks for Construction, Renovation or Demolition Works (ACCORD for short) is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, call “TWIN GREEN AND DIGITAL TRANSITION 2021” (HORIZON-CL4-2021-TWIN-TRANSITION-01).

ACCORD aims to digitalize permitting and compliance processes using Natural Language Processing (NLP) over regulatory texts, Building Information Modeling (BIM) data, CityGML, data dictionaries and other data sources in order to improve the productivity and quality of design and construction processes. The project also keeps in line with the EU Green Deal and new European Bauhaus initiatives through supporting the design of climate-neutral buildings and advancing a sustainable built environment.

Ontotext is one of the semantic participants in the project, along with Institut Mines-Telecom, Jonkoping University, Fundació Privada Universitat i Tecnologia and other partners. The company will leverage 21 years of extensive industry experience and bringing in a commercial suite of semantic technologies enabling better data management, semantic integration and semantic search.

In the context of the project, Ontotext will work on the semantic representation of regulations data as well as open format for machine readable rules, a building compliance ontology, rule elaboration tool and a GraphDB Connector for efficient querying of architectural and engineering data. The company will also contribute to the development of micro-services that integrate and automate manual validation steps of design and construction and to the implementation of ACCORD building compliance checking components.

For more information about ACCORD, visit the official website at:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No:101056973. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

For more information, contact Doug Kimball, Chief Marketing Officer at Ontotext