DEEPWood research project has started



Timber construction is booming. Through active management and participation in research and development projects, we are part and driver of this development. Together with the Bern University of Applied Sciences, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the DeepWood implementation team, we are continuing to develop the BIM planning method.

The planning method Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become an integral part of marketing and reporting, especially if innovation is to be communicated. In reality, BIM offers many challenges besides the opportunities. After all, BIM marks the beginning of a new era in planning culture. BIM is not a new tool, but a new method.

BIM in public buildings

Although the Digital Switzerland 2018 action plan calls for the planning of public buildings and buildings of companies close to the federal government to be carried out using digital collaboration methods from 2021, in reality not many construction projects are yet planned consistently according to BIM. The collaboration of different planning teams and the resulting interface problems cost a lot of energy and effort today. In the future, all planners are to work on the same model simultaneously and across companies. 


The research project DeepWood refers to the future development of the BIM maturity level 2 to 3 and faces the challenge of how to realize a collaboration of several users simultaneously in a common model. DeepWood uses CATIA and the 3DExperience platform from Dassault Systems for this purpose. It enables the development and testing of real-time, cross-company and collaborative planning in timber construction.

Knowledge transfer into practice

An important part of the research project is the exemplary application of the new findings to a real construction project. A new apartment building on the Bluelimattweg in Thun serves as a so-called Living Lab. At the moment, the timber construction with five residential units in the CATIA and the 3DExperience  platform is being planned in detail. In summer, the excavators will start digging and construction will begin.

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Visualization and floor plan of the apartment building on the Bluemlimattweg in Thun.


Titelbild: © Sean Prior/123rf




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