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The FHNW founded the new Institute for Digital Construction at the beginning of January 2018 in response to changes within the construction industry. The new institute and its nine employees will be headed by Professor Manfred Huber.
With the founding of the Institute for Digital Construction, the FHNW is sending a signal for digitalization. The new institute at the University of Applied Sciences for Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics grew out of the Digital Construction Centre of Competence, which has been active at the FHNW for the past 1.5 years. Over that time expertise and a network were expanded, experts recruited and projects launched, creating a solid basis for the new institute.
Fourfold performance mandate
The Institute for Digital Construction has a formal performance mandate in four areas: training, further education, research and services. While the topics of digital planning and construction are integrated in the respective courses of study during training, the FHNW has already been offering an MAS in digital construction as part of its continuing education for four years now. As digitalization in construction is a strategic topic, people with professional experience and decision-making power are part of the target group of the MAS. The new institute, which is intensively researching how processes and methods can be optimized in the future with the help of digital construction, will also benefit from the professional experience of these participants.
Exploiting the opportunities of digitalization
For Professor Manfred Huber, head of the new institute, digitalization is unavoidable for the construction industry: “The economic pressure in the industry is high, environmental and sustainability aspects are becoming more and more important and can hardly be implemented in a meaningful way with conventional methods.” He sees in digitalization the opportunity to better meet the wide range of requirements and increase the quality of projects and buildings as well as productivity. The Institute for Digital Construction actively supports this transformation.
Expansion in the works
With the founding of the institute, the FHNW is focusing on digital construction and displaying its leadership in this field. The institute, which currently has nine employees, will continue to expand its services in the future. Discussions are already underway for a Master’s program, which should more closely link the existing courses of study with each other.
The University of Applied Sciences for Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics FHNW is present at Swissbau in Basel from 16 to 20 January 2018. The FHNW Lounge can be found in Hall 1.0 Süd, Swissbau Focus, F14, Messe Basel. The University of Applied Sciences for Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics is present with the Bimage research project in the Innovation Lab, the new special show on digital transformation (Hall 1.1 Süd, L92, Messe Basel). Please also visit our events on training and continuing education in the future, infrastructures and challenges of digitalization, as well as cooperation between developers, architects and planners in the course of digitalization. You can register here.