Construction Cluster

Smart Built Environment

The Construction Cluster develops and tests new technologies for implementation in the construction sector. Optimize on-site productivity of materials, workers and machinery, and improve and speed up on-site execution using integrated planning tools and automation. This enables the the efficiency and speed of sometimes lengthy certification and market introduction processes.  In the future, a combination of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can take construction sector to the next level of development. The cluster aims to drive relevant qualifications for staff to allow the use of productive, digital tools.
Prof. Josef Hegger | Director of the Production Engineering Cluster
Their research focuses mainly on:

  • Digital mapping of increasingly complex construction processes through the networking of equipment and machines to optimize project management and to design efficient construction projects
  • Development and testing of new high-performance materials for buildings and infrastructure buildings
  • Identification of potentials of multi-functional and configurable materials, construction methods and components with regard to (pre-)production and installation


Construction 4.0

Digitization and automation in the construction industry offer a multitude of opportunities: higher productivity and profitability, better construction site processes and lower throughput times with less effort on the construction site and in the offices. The Construction Cluster is tackling this challenge in a wide variety of construction scenarios in order to achieve the next leap in quality and actively shape the future of construction.


Industrialization for efficient on-site implementation

The solution approaches in the Construction Cluster pave the way for an industrialization of the construction industry. Building adaptations to changing living conditions – triggered by climate change, demographic change, urbanization, scarcity of resources, etc. – can be implemented quickly and efficiently. The individual processes involved in construction are taken into account across all construction phases in a digital overall plan. This is becoming increasingly important for all those involved – architects, engineers, construction companies and builders – due to the growing complexity of tasks and the wide range of requirements.

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Campus GmbH/Steindl

Reference Construction Site

RWTH Aachen University is temporarily making a 10,000 m² area available to the Center Construction Robotics on Campus West for research regarding the construction site of the future by means of digitalization. In this reality laboratory, new construction processes and products, networked machines, the implementation of robots, software solutions as well as teaching, working and communication concepts are tested under real construction site conditions.

Reference Construction Site

Campus GmbH

Practical guide for fire protection verifications in modular construction

The members of the Center Building and Infrastructure Engineering (CBI) – leading modular construction manufacturers as well as RWTH experts – developed the practical guide for fire protection verifications in modular construction in cooperation with the Ministry for Regional Identity, Communities and Local Government, Building and Gender Equality of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia (MHKBG NRW).

Spotlight Module Construction
Whitebook Schlüsselfunktion von TGA_Verbundsystemen

Campus GmbH

Whitebook TGA-Composite Systems in Modular Construction

In the whitebook of the BIM Center Aachen, market and case studies, benefit analyses, production processes, implications from public procurement law and practice as well as technological solution requirements are discussed. The results show how prefabricated TGA composite systems can contribute to modular construction.

Whitebook TGA-Composite Systems