Information networks for cross-company collaboration in the production chains of construction industry


  • In the construction industry, a large number of different companies work together to create highly individualized products
  • Time delays, construction defects and cost overruns often result from insufficient data exchange between companies
  • Digital building models (BIM) have the potential to improve the networking of companies along the value chain
  • The digital building models of the planning phase are currently insufficiently used for prefabrication or on-site construction
  • Increasing the adherence to schedules and construction quality by means of an integrated flow of information along the value chain
  • Track & Trace to enable the flow of information and logistics
  • Creation of a Reference Architectural Model for cross-company cooperation in construction
  • Extension of the BIM framework by information flows between building planning, modular prefabrication and on-site construction
  • Development and testing of exemplary applications for the use of data and data feedback in prefabrication and on-site construction
  • Definition of requirements and application scenarios in cooperation with industry partners
  • Development of a construction approach by analyzing the information flows
  • Development of adaptive production units, modular construction site equipment, interactive planning tools, algorithmic resource planning, employee-focused human-robot interface, interconnected information flows from construction planning to the execution of construction work
  • Evaluation based on demonstration scenarios and economic considerations


Following companies are involved in the IoC project.
Learn more about the partners.


Research Institute Aachen, Germany


Research Institute Aachen, Germany


Research Institute Stuttgart, Germany


Operator Woodconstruction Farschweiler, Germany


Supplier Automationsystems Augsburg, Germany


Operator Steel- and Glassfacades Kassel, Germany

Leonhard Weiss

Operator General Contractor Satteldorf, Germany


Supplier Cranes Biberach an der Riß, Germany

Robots in Architecture

Supplier Softwaresolution Viena, Austria

Wurst Stahlbau

Operator Steelconstruction Bersenbrück, Germany

These companies are associates.





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Kick-off Meeting in

The first meeting of the consortium took place on 02.07.2019 at Liebherr GmbH in Biberach. The research institutions and companies introduced each other. Results of the first work packages were developed in various workshops and the further course of action was coordinated

- 02.07.2019

Second Project-Meeting in

For the second project meeting, the network partners met on 25.09.2019 at Leonhard Weiss in Langen. After the welcome by Prof. Brell-Cokcan (IP) and Mr. Weichsel (Leonhard Weiss), the project partners presented their process models and discussed common interfaces along the value chain. Significant interfaces were identified and evaluated through systematic surveys.

- 25.09.2019

Third Project-Meeting in

On the fifth of November, WURST Stahlbau invited the IoC consortium to the third project meeting in Bersenbrück. After WURST presented itself with development projects and digitalization strategies, the development status of the application scenario was presented and potentials and risks of collaborative work were discussed. In addition, the partners have taken position with regard to common interests and have focused the further course of action.

- 06.11.2019

Fourth Project-Meeting in

The WZL and the IP of RWTH Aachen University have invited the IoC network partners in Aachen to the fourth project meeting. The meeting took place on February 5th and the IoC partners got an insight into current research projects at RWTH Aachen University. On the following day the opening of the reference construction site Campus West took place, in which all the IoC partners participated.

- 06.02.2020

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Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan

Project Leader
Aachen, Germany

Thomas Adams

Project Coordinator
Aachen, Germany

Sören Münker

Aachen, Germany