Vienna, 28th June 2018 – What can the digital twin really do? What are the opportunities and challenges for those who use it? And how well has it already become established in the building sector? These questions arose during the event organized by IG Lebenszyklus for its members and other interested parties. ATP CEO Christoph M. Achammer joined Claus Stadler (UBM), Claudius Weingrill (BIG), Herbert Hetzl (Bauconsult Group) and Erich Kotroczo (SIDE) to offer some interesting insights in the world of digital building.
“Implementation isn’t a technical problem”, emphasized Achammer in his statement about the digital building twin. “The reality, however, is that there is a cultural and intellectual problem – regarding the form of creative cooperation and mutual support. And on top of this there is the difficulty of accepting unlimited transparency. This begins with the client and continues via the designers, the builders, and the purchaser. Because the building industry makes a living from a lack of transparency in the same way that the software industry makes a living of bringing imperfect products to market”.
Governments, society, and the building sector are also investing far too little in digitalization. According to Achammer, one solution to this would be a generic platform which everyone can access, free of charge. But the process has been stagnating for years – despite constantly growing interest. “Digitalization is the future”, predicted ATP’s Board Chairman. “Without a doubt: Because it’s clear to all of us that we can’t work for much longer in a building industry in which only 50 % of spending goes into finished buildings whereas the rest disappears during the design and construction processes.”