News archive 2021

2021/12/08: Benvenuto nel team Alessandro Bruttini!

Alessandro Bruttini has been part of the chair team since November 1, 2021, and will be working on his doctorate here until the end of March 2022. In this interview, he tells us what he is researching and what he is very excited about.

2021/11/25: International Concrete Conference & Exhibition 2021

ICCX Western Europe took place from 03 to 04 November 2021 in Bonn, Germany. The combination of conference and trade fair has been held since 2005. The focus of the event is on innovations, trends and the professional exchange around the topic of concrete. This time, the focus was on digital construction with precast concrete elements.
International experts presented their results from research and practice at the conference. Representatives from the two chairs of Computer Science in Civil Engineering and Digital Engineering were also present at the accompanying trade fair.

2021/11/23: Admission of the chair to the Bundesverband Bausoftware e.V.

Recently, the Chair of Computer Science in Engineering was accepted into the Bundesverband Bausoftware e.V. (BVBS) as an extraordinary member.

2021/11/10: Paper presentation at ISARC 2021

The 38th ISARC Symposium was held in Dubai from November 2-4. ISARC is the leading organization dedicated to promoting automation and robotics in the construction industry. Xuling Ye, Phillip Schönfelder, Daniel Napps, Dennis Pawlowski and Markus König attended digitally and presented their papers. 

2021/11/10: Digital shell acceptance - reality or dreams of the future?

In the course of the shell inspection of the new company headquarters of Louis Opländer Heizungs- und Klima GmbH, digital tools were included in the inspection. Stephan Embers and Patrick Herbers were interviewed about this. Both are researching the use of augmented reality in construction, and Patrick in particular also on BIM-based interior location.

2021/10/26: Young talents in construction informatics urgently needed

The "BIM Entwicklung" campaign has recently been published. In the e-paper, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus König reports on the potential of construction informatics, the shortage of skilled workers in this field and what challenges the foreseeable future holds.

2021/10/11: European Conference on product and process modeling- ECPPM 2021

Experts estimate that the global population will grow by two billion people in the next 30 years. As the population grows, so does the need for affordable housing. Concrete is already the most widely used building material and will play an important role in meeting the future demand for affordable housing, particularly due to its suitability for prefabrication.

2021/10/08: I3CE 2021 in Orlando

Under the motto " IT for Smart Infrastructure and Communities ", the University of Florida organized the "International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering " (i3CE2021) from September 12 to 14, 2021.

2021/09/23: What can KI do? - Turn old into new!

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has considerable potential, especially for the operational phase of buildings. Digital as-built models of existing buildings are needed to use the method, but these are currently few and far between. A comprehensive digitalisation must take place, which can be supported by machine learning (ML) and especially computer vision (CV), thus considerably accelerating the construction processes. One way to restore the quality of construction plans is presented in the paper "Improving 2D Construction Plans with Cycle-consistent Generative Adversarial Networks (CycleGAN)" by Firdes Celik, Benedikt Faltin and Prof. Markus König.

2021/09/14: Exchange 4D models based on openCDE and ICDD

Felix Cleve presents the paper, co-authored with Lea Höltgen and Philipp Hagedorn, at the 32nd Forum Bauinformatik online conference, September 9-10, 2021.

2021/09/14: The IIB congratulates Ningshuang Zeng on her doctorate

We are pleased to announce that Sofia Ningshuang Zeng successfully passed her disputation on Monday and may now bear the title of Dr.-Ing. after receiving her doctoral certificate.

2021/08/24: An Approach for Cross-Data Querying and Spatial Reasoning of Tunnel Alignments

Procedure for cross-document and geometric-spatial querying for evaluating line alignments in tunneling.
The paper on the topic was presented and published at EC-ICE 2021 ("An Approach for Cross-Data Querying and Spatial Reasoning of Tunnel Alignments", pages 146-155 by Marcel Stepien, André Vonthron and Markus König).  This and other interesting articles can be read in the recently published conference proceedings.

2021/07/27: Best Paper Award of the European Conference on Computing in Construction 2021

The paper entitled: "An ontology integrating as-built information for infrastructure asset management using BIM and semantic web" by Liu Liu, Philipp Hagedorn and Markus König has won the Best Paper Award of the 2021 European Conference on Computing in Construction.

2021/07/05: MBO2BIM - Digitization of the Model Building Code: Preparation for BIM-based inspection tools

A few months ago, a research project for the digitalization of the German building code template (MBO) has been launched together with the City of Hamburg and is funded by the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt). Within a BIM-based building permit process the results of the project shall enable the authorities to perform rule-based code compliance checking, as well as enabling the applicants to perform this checking already before submission.

2021/06/28: Building Concrete Monitoring (BCOM) with Liu Liu

Liu Liu has been a research assistant at the chair since March 2020. She studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Cologne. She then went into practice and later studied civil engineering at the RUB in parallel in the master's program. Today she is a member of the projects AMSFREE and BIM4AMS. Furthermore, together with Philipp Hagedorn, she has developed a Building Concrete Monitoring (BCOM) ontology for construction.

2021/06/08: CoolTech: Phillip Schönfelder and the AI computer NVIDIA DGX A100

Research at the Chair of Computer Science in Construction does not only mean to develop new approaches for the construction industry, but also the use of new and advanced technologies. This time the GPU server and the research of Phillip Schönfelder is presented.

2021/06/07: IFC-Tunnel Webinar on June, 29th, 2021 on 16:00 CEST

The chair is part of the Collaborative Research Center 837 (SFB837) entitled “Interaction modeling in mechanized tunneling”. A webinar will be held on June 29th, 2021, which informs about the current status of the buildingSmart International IFC-Tunnel Project.

2021/05/31: First place at the BIMSWARM Hackathon 2021

The winner of this year's hackathon is the team "Die Gebrüder BIM" from the IIB with the project "PIMP MY IFC". Team members are the master students Felix Cleve, Lea Höltgen, Leonie Zimmermann, Malik Müller and Niklas Heyne. Leonie, Malik and Niklas tell us what the hackathon was like this year and what they worked on in an interview.

2021/05/04: "Everyone has their area of expertise" - The "Bridge Inspect" project and the possibilities of bridge inspection with the help of AI

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.

2021/04/26: The chair team has grown

Since April 2021, two new employees, Angelina Aziz and Daniel Napps, have been working at the chair. They told us what they studied and what projects they are working on in a short interview.

2021/04/06: Moodle Kurse

Liebe Studierende,

entgegen allen Hoffnungen beginnt die Lehre in diesem Sommersemester zum 12. April wieder (hauptsächlich) digital. Dazu stehen die angebotenen Moodle Kurse online bereit und die Einschreibung ist jetzt möglich.

2021/03/08: First building permit in North Rhine-Westphalia issued digitally and BIM-based

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.

2021/02/09: New cooperation project for resource-efficient circular economy in municipal civil engineering

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.

2021/01/28: BIM2TWIN - New EU Project Computing in Engineering

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.

2021/01/18: Computing in Engineering cooperates with BASt

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).

2021/01/14: New project BIMKIT - Inventory Modeling of constructions using AI

In a new joint project entitled "As-built Modeling of Buildings and Infrastructure Structures Using AI to Generate Digital Twins - BIMKIT", partners from research and industry, including the Chair of Computer Science in Civil Engineering headed by Prof. Markus König, want to develop methods that use artificial intelligence (AI) to convert building documents into digital 3D models.

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