Ongoing Research projects

Our research projects deal with issues relating to the application of BIM. Central to this are questions about information exchange and organisation, the design and optimisation of processes and links with other domains of digital planning and construction. Our multidisciplinary team works on the projects in collaboration with external partners from research, administration and business. The interdisciplinary approach also creates synergies in terms of content with the other specialist areas at HCU.

CO₂-neutral World Heritage Site Speicherstadt Hamburg (0-CO2-WSHH)

Sponsor: Research Centre Jülich

Duration: 10/2021 - 06/2024

Hamburg's Speicherstadt is the largest contiguous blockhouse ensemble in the world. The entire development comprises a total of 15 large warehouse blocks standing on softwood piles, which were built between 1885 and 1927 on 1.1 km long and narrow islands in the Elbe. The block buildings were constructed from red brick in the style of the "Hanover School" and bear witness to the advanced technical development of the time. The Speicherstadt and the neighbouring Kontorhaus district were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. The owner Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the Ministry of the Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg are looking for ways to implement modernisation and energy efficiency measures and a sustainable reduction in CO₂ emissions in the Speicherstadt.

In this context, the HCU's BIMLab is creating a Building Information Model of Block H and investigating the extent to which the model can serve as a basis and interface for subsequent simulations of the building's energy behaviour and life cycle assessment. Among other things, minimum information requirements and processes for transferring data and models to simulations are to be developed and existing technical solutions tested.

Completed Research projects

BIM Cost planning

Sponsor: Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)

Duration: 01/2021 - 05/2023

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) method allows buildings to be planned with a uniform, standardised information structure. The resulting building information model can be analysed in a computer-interpretable way so that quality, deadlines and, in particular, costs can be better evaluated in advance. The central question of this project is the significance of DIN 276, RBBau and other BIM standards and guidelines for analysing the currently possible BIM-based cost calculation and any challenges. Based on the IFC format, the model-based cost determination process with software tools and the integration of existing cost databases are analysed. These databases and solutions for linking data from cost databases and BIM will be analysed in order to subsequently develop stages of a model-based cost planning process. Among other things, this will result in the development of specifications for tenders and the specification of delivery services in AIA and BAP.