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Digitisation in the construction industry: Will the dream of flawless construction soon become reality?

No industry can escape the digital revolution. Developments such as Industry 4.0, Virtual Reality and the increasing networking and automation of processes in production, logistics, trade and service are changing not only the hardware industry, but all economic sectors. What is the impact of digitisation on other areas? For example in the construction industry? Let’s take a look outside the box…

Although the construction industry is still a long way from an end-to-end digital process chain, revolutionary developments are transforming workflows, especially in architecture. Big data, gamification and above all virtual reality are the keywords here. Realistic, computer-generated real-time 3D representations revolutionize building design. With suitable software and a powerful virtual reality headset, buildings can be viewed before their.


With Virtual Reality in the middle of the object

Factors such as statics, weather resistance and lines have already been simulated on the computer for some time thanks to modern planning methods such as Building Information Modeling (BIM). Realistic 3D rendering however is nothing new, it is only the integration of virtual reality that makes it possible to create visualizations that give the viewer the feeling of standing in the middle of the building. Even laypersons who do not understand construction plans can thus imagine exactly what the building is supposed to look like and how it fits into its surroundings. This facilitates communication between the architect and the client.

With 360-degree panoramic views like in a computer game, Virtual Reality makes object planning independent of real-world conditions. Even before laying the foundation, the building is first digitally “erected” and tested. Shapes, proportions, light incidence: Everything can be digitally tested in advance. Planning errors such as unfavourable room layouts, defects in cable routing or in the lighting system can be detected even before construction work begins. Although implementation problems can never be entirely excluded, the realisation of the dream of flawless construction is approaching with Virtual Reality.


Fewer errors, lower costs

Experts estimate that about 30 percent of the total budget for construction projects is spent on correcting planning errors, so the use of virtual models can lead to clear cost savings. The investments in necessary hardware and software are important, which is why Building Information Modeling with Virtual Reality will initially focus on large-scale and prestigious projects. But experts agree that the future will be digital.

There are also many different scenarios for the use of virtual reality in the hardware industry: For example, in the design of tools and industrial equipment or in occupational safety planning.

Find out more about digitisation in the construction and tools industries at the International Hardware Fair 2018: At the Digital Summit on the first two days of the fair (04. -05.03.2018) as well as in the context of the special exhibition and the event programme for additive production and spare parts production.


  1. Great overview! You should also mention that it’s not only the planning but also the execution phase of a project that can hugely benefit from these technologies. And that there are already tools out there for real world usage, like HoloBuilder or SafeSite.

    Comment by Peter — February 11, 2018 um 4:57 am

  2. Thank you for your comment and your thoughts on this. We are excited to see how this develops and will consider your suggestion when we do a follow up. Hope to welcome you on the International Hardware Fair next month!

    Comment by International Hardware Fair Cologne 2018 — February 16, 2018 um 2:35 pm

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