Digitalization and BIM

Digital Innovation Factory

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Digitization and BIM

The call for sustainability also means an increase in the demands placed on planning and operation of buildings. Optimum energy savings are only possible when buildings can actively respond to environmental factors. The Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance develops application-specific simulations and calculation processes that enable the holistic observation of all construction-relevant aspects.

Digitalization and BIM entails the following three areas of expertise within the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance:

Integral Building Planning
In addition to methods and business models for early integration of the executing projects and suppliers, the planning expertise of the Building Innovation Alliance includes the development of planning tools for architects, and product and process enhancement based on a holistic balance.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) refers to the digital representation of an existing structure or a structure to be planned. Depending on programming, BIM is also capable of representing the entire lifecycle of a structure. Three-dimensional modeling makes it possible to derive consistent plans, with design based on building-specific objects. This makes changes in plans or furnishing components immediately visible to all involved parties. This simplifies both the planning process and the maintenance and status assessment of construction projects. The service range of the Building Innovation Alliance also includes test planning and training sessions with BIM.

Planning and Control of Execution
Among other things the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance offers methodologies and tools for visualization and design of overall processes as well as a mobile virtual construction control center for dynamic planning and control of procedures on the construction site.

Software in Construction
Software programs enable more than just digital construction and production processes; physical construction properties can also be defined with intelligent software: The software family WUFI detects and interprets temperature and moisture conditions in buildings and their external walls. This gives building owners information on possible energy losses due to thermal bridges, evaporation or ventilation. Using the software thus helps save money and energy and assists in the illustration of relationships between indoor climate factors and the user's sense of comfort.



Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory


Construction projects are interdisciplinary undertakings involving many and diverse actors. Although models have simplified work in the construction industry substantially for everyone involved in this era of progressive digitization, the wide variety of data formats and types of construction models impede interoperability among actors.


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory


Planning and Optimization of Energy Efficient Buildings Using Building Information Models (BIM)


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory


New Procedure for Outdoor Characterization of Façade Collectors and BIPV


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory


Optimization and Operational Management of Complex Building Energy Supply Systems


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory

Building information modeling (BIM) with VR (virtual reality)

Developing a bidirectional interface between Autodesk’s BIM (building information modeling) planning tool Revit® and immersive visualization systems.


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory

“VisB+”: Visualization in the public participation process

How can modern visualization technologies be used to involve the public when planning large construction projects?


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory


ACCEPT stands for Assistant for Quality Check during Construction Execution Processes for Energy-efficienT buildings.


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory

Dimensioning the climate wall by building simulation

The office building of the company C+P has been modified based on the new C+P climate concept and the „Biophilic Design“.


Process Optimization − Digital Innovation Factory

Building quality through hygrothermal simulation

Until just a few years ago, so-called dew point methods were the standard tools for evaluating the moisture balance of building components. However, they permit only a non-transient, i.e. highly simplified, assessment of the risk of condensation in winter.