Digitalization is causing lots of change in the working world. Under the heading “Industry 4.0“, industrial production is rapidly becoming intensively interlinked with modern information and communication technology. With the introduction of “Building Information Modeling“, the construction sector is also opting for more reliance on digitalization.

The main emphasis is being placed on improving the interfaces between all the work performed, all the various trades and all the parties involved throughout the life cycle of a given structure. Most of today‘s EDP tools for the construction sector are essentially stand-alone solutions. BIM is intended to enable a continuous flow of data and a central, project-specific data pool that all parties involved can use and maintain. Within the BIM setting, makers of building products act as data suppliers by providing their products‘ properties in digitalized form. The associated IT structures are presently undergoing comprehensive standardization. As producers see it, it is important for the product datasets to save and secure close adherence to building supervisory criteria while eliminating the need to declare myriad different product characteristics.

Dr. Berthold Schäfer, Bundesverband Baustoffe –

Steine und Erden e.V.