EventsBuilding Information Modeling (BIM): Vernetztes Wissen – optimiertes Planen – effizientes Bauen – nachhaltiges Management

Building Information Modeling (BIM): Vernetztes Wissen – optimiertes Planen – effizientes Bauen – nachhaltiges Management

Martin Fischer

Stanford University, California, USA

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10 February
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The so called Building Information Modelling (BIM) is considered one of the most promising developments in the field of computer-aided design processes, offer­ing everybody involved a fundamentally improved and simplified data exchange.

The qualitative and cost-conscious design, production and utilization of structures until their demolition in respect of sustainable thinking and working methods requires the efficient networking of information and the interaction of everybody involved in the construction process. 

As a result, in view of optimizing quality, costs, time and energy efficiency, the use of proficient computer tools and the networking of different data bases are more and more in the foreground, whose complexity increasingly complicated the design process until now. 

At the centre of the BIM approach is the creation of a digital building model, integrating, in addition to the complete 3D geometry, all important information such as, for example, the material-, mechanical and energy-related characteristics. In this way, it forms the basis for a variety of simulations and calculations, amongst them static calculations, verifications of heating requirements, room and climate simulations and cost estimates. The model serves as common working base for everybody participating in the design process, permits furthermore the support of logistics in the construction execution, the optimized operation of the building and, one day, its demolition.

To keep the digital building model available in a durable, up-dated data base guarantees an immediate accessibility to data for everybody, an optimized information exchange between the persons involved in the design as well as long-lasting data storage over the whole lifecycle of the structure.

In the field of Building Information Modelling, Professor Dr. Martin Fischer is re­gard­ed as one of the leading experts throughout the world, who succeeded with numerous projects to show how BIM unites technology, economy, function and design aspects in an optimum way. Moreover, his requirement to sustainability of the built-up environment is extraordinary. 

His award-winning research results are utilized all over the world by large industrial companies, but also medium-sized design offices and construction companies, and play an increasingly important role on governmental level. He lived, worked, advised and taught in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. Professor Fischer has a doctorate in engineering, a master’s degree in industrial design of Stanford University and a degree in civil engineering of EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland.

Martin Fischer

Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer is professor for civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, California. He is also director of the Centre for Integrated ­Facility Engineering (CIFE) and coordinates research on building-dependent energy efficiency for the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency. Furthermore, he ­is a member of the Faculty of the Woods Institute for Environment and the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.