Digital: Processes + Architecture


3D sketch of different houses

Digitalization has advanced significantly in the building industry in recent years. With the latest developments in IT and above all in BIM (Building Information Modeling) the job of planning is undergoing tremendous change. At BAU 2019 you have the chance to find out first-hand what is happening now in the field of digital building.

Digital building – better quality through precise planning

Paper and 3D sketch of a building project zoom © gettyimages / adventtr

Today it´s the norm for planning teams spread across different international locations to work together and simultaneously on the same project data. That simplifies collaboration and makes the job easier. It also enhances the quality of the planning. Architectural ideas and designs will continue to be the product of the creative skills of the architect, the interior designer and the designers. But here, too, we are seeing attempts at “generative design”, in which the design is done by logarithms. The actual detailed design is then done digitally and encompasses all the building trades.

In large-scale projects this kind of planning is now commonplace. In future the digital planning tools will be used also in smaller projects and in renovation and modernization work. As a result digital planning will become the standard worldwide.

Digital planning – greater efficiency in building

Digitalization is bringing new challenges for the building industry. At the same time it is opening up new options in planning. In future it will be possible to translate a plan in part direct into 3D production. In engineering, with components made of steel or wood, this is already a reality. But also in other areas it will be possible to feed 3D data into machines. Digital models can be programmed to represent the whole life cycle of a building. In this way the planning process becomes more efficient and precise, and so, too, does subsequent construction of individual buildings. Another advantage is that changes in the plans or specifications can be easily identified by all those involved in the project. At first a certain level of investment is required, in terms of special BIM tools and planning for BIM, but many are convinced that this quickly pays for itself in the course of the project. The entire planning process, as well as assessment and ongoing management, are all made easier by BIM. It saves not only time and money, but also has a lasting impact on the efficiency of the building process.

The building trades must also get ready for this development, if they are to remain competitive. The work of the individual tradesman or -woman will change, but their expertise will always be in demand.

Find our more about digital planning and building at BAU 2019: In 19 exhibition halls you can meet and talk to the experts in the building industry, and experience the future of building close up.

In and around Hall C2:

  • more than 200 exhibitors of façades

  • the biggest turnout in Europe of companies involved in IT for construction

  • market leaders in integrated buildings and lighting control / shading

  • more than 130 companies in the field of glass

  • high-caliber architects forum at BAU