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Smart Construction

The construction site of the future is smart, connected and clean. Digital technologies such as Building Information Modeling and Artificial Intelligence are changing the construction industry and contribute greatly to increasing efficiency. The continuous data availability throughout the entire value-added system ensures transparency and is most important to connect construction sites, machines and people. More than 4 million construction machines are to be connected by 2021.

Which standards should apply? How do the different value creation stages contribute to pave the way to a smart construction site?


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New Drives

The beginning of the end of combustion engines is on the horizon, and the construction industry is looking for alternatives. New drives using batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen solutions have long been available and could replace conventional combustion engines - and they will have to for a successful transition to low-emission construction sites. In the near future, emission-free construction will be required, especially in urban areas.

The question is, what political challenges will the industry face, and when it will be regulated by law? Which concepts will be suitable for construction sites?


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Automation

Semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles will customarily running on the construction site of the future. They will communicate with other machines, infrastructure and people. The driver will become the machine manager. He will assist and control the autonomous machines. A multitude of application scenarios for autonomous construction machinery solutions are imaginable - especially for high-rise structures and underground construction.

In which areas will it make sence to apply full automation and which machines will need semi-autonomous solutions? What learning experiences and technology transfers can be generated from other industries?