In North Rhine-Westphalia, the first building permit in digital form and based on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) method has been issued. On February 26, 2021, the lower building supervisory authority of the city of Dortmund issued the permit for the new construction of the company headquarters of Louis Opländer Heizungs- und Klimatechnik GmbH in Dortmund. The entire process, namely both the planning, the submission of the building application, the approval check and finally the granting of the building permit, ran digitally throughout.
In terms of life cycle assessment, civil engineering is one of the most problematic scopes in the construction sector. This is because of the plentiful land and energy consumption as well as the high emissions caused by civil engineering projects. To prevent this problem, the Resource Plan for Municipal Civil Engineering (ReKoTi) started on February 1st, 2021 under the leadership of the Institute for Infrastructure, Water, Resources and Environment (IWARU) at the Münster University of Applied Sciences.
Ensuring occupational safety is one of the essential, often underestimated challenges during construction. Since many different influencing factors converge when assessing potential sources of danger, the EU Horizon 2020-funded project BIM2TWIN aims to develop a digital platform that serves as a sound basis for action for those responsible for construction sites. Within the framework of the project, the Chair of Computer Science in Civil Engineering, together with practical partners, is developing various methods and prototypes for the optimal planning and control of construction machinery on construction sites.
A new cooperation project of the Chair of Computing in Engineering is dedicated to the structural inspection in the field of bridge construction with the help of AI. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt).