Sustainable engineering requires interconnection, efficiency and conservation of resources. Holistic approaches to the planning, construction, operation, and eventually the dismantling of buildings and structures are therefore in increasing demand. This is where digital tools, techniques to utilize renewable resources, and raw material recycling make a significant contribution. These techniques are the main focus of our research field ENGINEERING.


PROJECT Interdisciplinary BIM-based planning, construction and operational process management in tunnel construction

The prototypical character of tunnelling projects, specific software tools, individual data structures and a certain traditionalism within the companies involved impede the digital transformation process and pose major challenges to the introduction of the BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology. The project "Interdisciplinary BIM-based planning, construction and operational process management in tunnelling" was commissioned by the Austrian Association of Construction Engineers (ÖBV) and aims at keeping data on the entire life cycle of an underground construction project within a single digital model.

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The design of a high-alpine railway logistics centre represents a significant challenge. Especially when the project area is located in one of the world’s most remote regions – the Puna de Atacama, Argentina, at 4,000 m above sea level. The “Tren a las Nubes” (Train into the clouds) currently is the only active railway line across the Andes. Planned expansion of mining activities along the track will not only increase pressure on the existing railway but will also require infrastructure expansion. Based on the targeted use of innovative methods, holistic solutions will be generatedBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) will play a key role during this process.

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CONFERENCE 9th International Symposium on Geothecnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground

EGU 2017

At the 9. International Symposium of Underground Construction in Soft Ground in Sao Paulo we were able to discuss the topic Building Information Modeling for Tunneling with an audience of interested specialists on tunneling. Aim of our keynote was: evaluation of the special requirements to a BIM resulting from BIM in tunneling and underground constructions and deduction of development possibilities.

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PROJECT BIMunderground

The integrative tool of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is already widely used in structural engineering in order to optimize planning, construction and operation. BIM data structures used for such applications, are not yet adequately adapted to infrastructure requirements. The overall aim of BIMunderground is thus, to adapt and optimize BIM for underground construction. Here, tunnel construction represents a particularly interesting challenge as not only tunnel elements but also geoelogical properties and resultant parameters have to be integrated into the model.