The BIM Center Aachen addresses digitalization in the construction sector from the viewpoint of manufacturers and implementing companies with the objective of introducing Building Information Modeling (BIM) into the implementation phase. The focus here is on the processes and touchpoints between production, prefabrication, delivery, installation, construction implementation, logistics, commissioning, documentation, maintenance, computer-aided facility management (CAFM) and dismantling after digital planning is complete. In addition to research and development, the new center on RWTH Aachen Campus will in future additionally support qualification and certification in the area of BIM. The BIM Center Aachen will act as a cross-sectoral network connecting academia and industry and will initially focus on technical building equipment.
The combination of high-resolution inventory data collection with machine learning methods and intelligent asset management is one of the many challenges and new opportunities of digital construction and operation that will be addressed by the actors in the BIM Center Aachen. The formation of systems helps to simplify the complexity of technical equipment for craftsmen. In order to put this into practice, the interaction of different experts from engineering, building computer science and technical building management is necessary.