Expert conference on modular building

Christoph M. Achammer: Digitalization and its advantages for residential building.

Vienna, 19th – 20th June – Process optimization, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the densification of the urban environment were the keywords of the 2nd imh expert conference. In the plenum, international real estate experts discussed the future of housing and the current trend – towards the digitalization of processes – in modular and residential building.

In his address Professor Christoph M. Achammer, CEO of ATP architects engineers, emphasized the advantages of digitalization for the building sector. “The processes of designing and building haven’t changed significantly in the past 100 years,” said Achammer. “But does this mean that we have to accept waste levels today of over 30 %? In residential building in particular we are reaching the limits of what is possible. Digitalization could force us to change our culture and our approach in such a way that the construction process finally arrives in the 21st century.” However, more than anything else, the necessary changes in the construction sector demand a fundamentally new, cooperative corporate culture that involves all participants.

Digitalization at ATP

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been used throughout ATP since 2012. In this process all the architectural, technical, physical, and functional characteristics of a building are illustrated in a central digital data model. This “digital twin” captures, updates, and documents all the information about the building – from the initial investigation via design, construction, and operation to its eventual demolition.

Integrated design by ATP can comprehensively exploit the advantages of BIM. The BIM standard that has been developed by ATP over many years is part of the Austrian BIM Norm (ÖNORM A 6241). ATP places this at the disposal of all market participants via the knowledge platform BIMpedia.

ATP CEO Christoph M. Achammer argues for the digitalization of building. Photo: imh
ATP CEO Christoph M. Achammer argues for the digitalization of building. Photo: imh

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