Facilities Planning and Layout Design

Our reference new design and remodeling projects have included the publicly funded projects WorkGen3D, BIMiFhG and BAU ZEIT and a multitude of industry projects since 1995.


WorkGen3D: Development of a Workflow for the Semiautomated Generation of 3D Visualizations with Virtual Reality Technologies

Digitalization and connectivity are growing extremely important. The digital economy is not only a significant economic and important technology sector in Germany but also a driver of the digitalization of business, work and society. Digital skills are a crucial competitive factor for small and medium-sized businesses in particular. 3D models are being employed in various market segments as key or fundamental elements for value creation in, among others, construction projects. One related major challenge is the automation of 3D model generation. The basis for subsequent mapping of functions and processes, 3D models have to be available quickly and at a reasonable price. The work completed in this project addressed exactly these issues.

The objective of the WorkGen3D project was the development of a method for the semi-automatic processing and conversion of three-dimensional scan data into an output format suitable for further intuitive and high-performance use. The processes developed were employed with VR technologies to develop a cost effective alternative to further use data for general visualization purposes and establish the starting point for a design and documentation platform.

Project period: October 1, 2015 - August 31, 2018

Funding code: 1804/00034

Funded by the EU and the State of Saxony-Anhalt


BIMiFhG: Self-Testing of Building Information Modeling in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

The digitalization of the construction industry is not only ushering in new kinds of design, construction and operation but also precipitating a fundamental methodological change that must be reflected in the thought patterns of everyone involved in the process too. The imminent fundamental change will generate great demand for research and consulting that will also affect the work of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s Department of Building and Real Estate Management (C3) too.

The objective of the BIMiFhG project is therefore to render the state-of-the-art method with its diverse development, design, construction and operation options usable by the institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV’s new testing facility in Garching was selected as the pilot project. Different approaches will be tested there with the project partners.

The Fraunhofer IFF’s job is to develop a digital interior specifications system and to develop an internal BIM wiki.


BAU ZEIT: Agile Multi-Project and Resource Planning

The Fraunhofer IFF has acquired practical experience with construction project planning through its factory design projects. In the BAU ZEIT project, the Fraunhofer IFF is developing the interfaces that that supply the numerous heterogeneous data for optimized planning in close collaboration with COMPLEVO GmbH. The objective is to identify and solve problems of multi-project planning optimally (e.g. increased labor to coordinate concurrent construction projects, unreliability of planning because of requests for changes and contingencies, bottlenecks and excess capacities because of heavily fluctuating demand for resources, etc.):

  • automatic and dynamic project planning,
  • bottleneck identification and resource coordination,
  • interfacing of external system solutions,
  • facilitation of project coordination through intelligent planning and transparency,
  • maximal transparency – decision support by identifying and assessing changes in the project plan,
  • acting instead of reacting – automatic proposals for modifying the plan whenever changes are made, and
  • smoothing of load peaks or pooling of load peaks over all resources at minimum cost.

You will profit from automatic planning of concurrent projects, something that has a resource efficient and cost minimizing impact on your project. Existing systems and data structures can be integrated and bottlenecks can be identified early on because of the transparency, thus making it possible to allocate resources optimally.

BAU ZEIT is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in its funding initiative SME-Innovative: Information and Communications Technology (IKT).