Munich collaboration promises constructive approach

Nemetschek Allplan has formed a cooperative partnership with the recently founded TUM Centre of Digital Methods for the Built Environment, at the Technical University (TU) of Munich.

The software company expects this collaboration with international scientists in joint research and promotional projects to lead to important technical developments within the company.

The TUM Center of Digital Methods for the Built Environment provides a platform for interdisciplinary research projects in the construction industry together with the TU Munich. It places particular emphasis on the various aspects of data transfer and model management, and a wide range of simulation applications based on BIM models are considered. The research in the centre focuses on development of new and existing digital methods for design in architecture, civil engineering and geodesy.

André Borrmann, professor for computational modelling and simulation at TU Munich, said: 'Working in interdisciplinary networks means that different participants supplement, support and inspire one another to develop innovative solutions.

'At the new centre, we bring together the previously separate disciplines of architecture informatics, construction informatics and geoinformatics in order to research shared problems and develop new methods in the area of digital support in the construction industry. This creates real added value – both for us as researchers and also for our partners in industry.'

Karin Schmidt, manager of education at Nemetschek Allplan, added: 'Ever since our company was founded, our products have been taking an interdisciplinary approach: Nemetschek Allplan develops one-stop software for architects, civil engineers and facility managers.

'As a pioneer of BIM and a member of the openBIM initiative, we expect to create valuable synergy with the researchers. This is why we’re really looking forward to working with TU Munich and generating some useful ideas for the future development of our software products.'

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