Towards the end of 2020, the research project "Bridge Inspect" of the Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen - BASt for short - started. In addition to the company HOCHTIEF ViCon GmbH, the Chair of Computer Science in Civil Engineering is also a project partner.
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.