Standardization of BIM through innovative thinking and research


New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Mixed Reality (MR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are only a few of the topics that will be relevant in the construction industry in the future. In order to shape the industry of the future, we must understand these new technologies and identify possible use scenarios and requirements. HOCHTIEF ViCon is continuously involved in research projects at the national and european levels. On the boards of national and international committees, we actively shape tomorrow´s construction industry.

Research projects


Open information environment for knowledge-based collaborative processes throughout the life cycle of a building
This European Union (EU) research project aimed at switching from a document-based approach in the construction industry to a model-based approach, i.e. to virtual construction. The project focused on the preconstruction phase. Its output is an open collaboration platform that enables flexible cooperation among all stakeholders.

Intelligent road infrastructure (BASt)

Intelligent road infrastructure using 3D models and RFID tags
HOCHTIEF ViCon provided support for the "Intelligent road infrastructure using 3D models and RFID tags" project in the context of the development of an infrastructure information system. The system was designed to provide the information required to carry out building inspections in a clear and easily accessible manner. The objective of the research project was to optimize the existing system of the Public Institution for the Operation and Maintenance of Bridge Structures (SIB Structures) as well as the associated workflows with the help of RFID tags and the use of 3D models.


Intuitive self-inspection techniques using Augmented Reality for construction, refurbishment and maintenance of energy-efficient buildings made of prefabricated components
HOCHTIEF ViCon supported the "INSITER" project, which involves the development of intuitive techniques for independent instruction and self-testing for construction site and factory personnel using BIM and Augmented Reality (AR). HOCHTIEF ViCon managed the "BIM" work package, which provides the 3D model and infrastructure for connecting all relevant data to support the methodology and tools developed on site.


Interactive virtual immersive web conferencing
HOCHTIEF ViCon provides support for the "VR2WEB" project and, together with the Technical University of Cologne and hhvision, is developing a communication platform for Virtual Reality (VR) in which BIM models and linked metadata are brought together in a physically accurate context. This enables project participants to virtually log into the BIM model from various locations and interact with other participants in a case-oriented manner.


Under the management of "planen-bauen 4.0 GmbH", HOCHTIEF ViCon, as part of the "BIM4RAIL" consortium, provided scientific support for the 13 pilot projects sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) over a period of approximately one year and determined the status and progress of BIM implementation in rail construction.
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