Leonhard Obermeyer Center
The design, creation and maintenance of the built environment are among the great challenges of the 21st century. The use of computer technology offers new possibilities to meet these challenges in an ecological and economically sustainable way.
The Leonhard Obermeyer Center brings together the scientific expertise of over 60 researchers at the Technical University of Munich. In dialogue with our partners from industry and government institutions, we jointly define technological research priorities.
For questions concerning digital methods in architecture, civil engineering, geodesy and geoinformatics, we offer a platform for international cooperation. Close networking with decision-makers makes the Leonhard Obermeyer Center a think tank for strategic developments in this field.
26. August 2019
The built environment is receiving increasing attention for the innovative development of economies. Especially the fast urbanization in China has offered engineers, planners and designers unforeseen opportunities to build new infrastructures and areas. For the future, the challenges are turning towards issues of digitization, sustainability and smartness of cities. They further transform higher education in architecture and building engineering. The talks from practitioners, researchers and students of the Department of Architecture provide an European perspective on building in China, and how the digitization of the construction industry is influencing practice and higher education.The talks are part of a summer workshop for visiting students from Xi'an, hosted Prof. Dr. Frank Petzold, Chair of Architectural Informatics, with support of Bayerischer Bauindustrieverband, OBERMEYER, Schnitzer& and TUM Leonhard Obermeyer Center.
LOC Talk mit Iro Armeni
22. July 2019
Iro Armeni gave a lecture on "Automatically generating structured information on the as-is status of facilities from visual data" at the Vorhoelzer Forum. She presented her recent work from Stanford University on automated extraction and knowledge-based representation of this information from visual data using Machine Vision and AI, as well as how it improves existing processes and enables novel workflows.
06. March 2019
Automated extraction of objects from remotely sensed data is an important topic of research in Computer Vision, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Geoinformation Science. In order to discuss recent developments and future trends in research in automatic object extraction and their influence on sensors and processing techniques, the two ISPRS conferences "Photogrammetric Image Analysis" (PIA) and the "Munich Remote Sensing Symposium" (MRSS) will be held as a common event for the first time. The aim of the common event is to seek, exploit and deepen the synergies between geometry and semantics, and to give the two scientific communities the possibility to discuss with and to learn from each other.
From 25th to 28th of March 2019, the international BIM community will meet at the buildingSMART International Standards Summit in Düsseldorf, Hilton Hotel. The focus of this internationally high-ranking conference on the digitization of the construction industry will be the further development of open and manufacturer-neutral standards and interfaces. The 17th buildingSMART User Day, which will once again offer a good 35 lectures on current and practice-relevant topics relating to BIM and digitization in the construction and real estate industries, will take place at the same venue immediately following the conference on 29th of March 2019. Around 500 participants are expected to attend each of the two major events. The LOC will once again be represented there as an ideal cooperation partner. Registrations are now possible via the buildingSMART website, where you will also find further information about the program soon.
LOC Talk with Prof. Fernanda Leite
16. Januar 2019
The objective of this talk was to discuss challenges and ongoing research in three areas of study in VIMS: capturing experiential knowledge in building information modeling (BIM)-based design coordination; 4-dimensional modeling for site-specific safety planning; and automating the BIM upkeep process in the facility operations phase leveraging deep learning and computer vision.
LOC Researcher win six prizes in "Auf IT gebaut" 2019 and VDI Preis 2018
15. Januar 2019
At the world's leading trade fair BAU in Munich, MinDirig Dr. Gäckle, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi), today presented the prizes in the competition „Auf IT gebaut – Bauberufe mit Zukunft". The awards went to outstanding digital solutions for the construction industry. With their work on the digitisation of construction, the young professionals proved that the construction industry is innovative, modern and technology-oriented. VDI RG Bau
|Architecture||1. Prize||Jakob Fellner||Energierelevante Betrachtung von Gebäuden für die|
|Entscheidungsunterstützung der Stadtentwicklung|
|Architecture||2. Prize||Victoria Rusina||Digitale Werkzeuge für die Transformation großer|
|Wohnanalagen in Moskau|
|Construction Management||1. Prize||Daniel Zibion||BIM für das Facility Management durch interaktive Grundrisse|
|und Graph-basiertes Datenmanagement|
|Construction Management||2. Prize||Bernhard Müller||Baufortschritt mittels Machine Learning|
|Ed. Züblin AG||Special||Elisabeth Zachries||Integration von BIM und IoT zur Verbesserung des|
|Änderungsprozesses in Bauprojekten|
|Masterthesis||VDI 2018||Kasimir Forth||BIM-integrierte Ökobilanzierung|
LOC Talk with Prof. Dr. Frédéric Bosché
12. Dezember 2018
Prof. Dr. Frédéric Bosché was giving a LOC Talk about "Scan-vs-BIM for Construction Control" at Oskar-von-Miller Forum. This talk presented the Scan-vs-BIM concept, illustrated its process and benefits. The talk then expanded on the subject of using the output of Scan-vs-BIM processing to enhance dimensional quality control with a view to evolve dimensional quality control from a traditionally point-based measurement process to a surface-based measurement process.
LOC at BIM World Munich 2018
29. November 2018
Thank you for visiting us at the BIM World MUNICH! We had two great days with interesting talks and discussions at our common booth with OBERMEYER and virtualcitySYSTEMS. Thanks to all speakers and participants of our Session with Runder Tisch GIS e.V. about "Geo 4 BIM" especially André Borrmann, Thomas Wunderlich, Daniel Holweg, Özgür Ertac, Stefan Trometer and Sabine Schönhut!
LOC Center Day 2018 (09. November 2018)
09. November 2018
Our annual Center Day event took place on 9th of November 2018 in the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Garching from 11:00 - 18:00. 150 guests took part in a diverse and horizon-widening program with 14 speakers and international guests, including Dr. Ionnis Brilakis from Cambridge University.
Meetup about Digital Transformation in Construction Industry
25. Oktober 2018
Great evening and discussions about digital transformation in construction and real estate industries yesterday at Technische Universität München organised by Digital Builders Munich with Leonhard Obermeyer Center. Thanks to the great audience and all speakers Karim Fabian Begana, Christos Chantzaras, Adrian August Wildenauer, Sebastian Schuon and Michael Grosam! Let's stay connected to move forward together.
More information here: lnkd.in/eN36pwZ
24. Oktober 2018
On 24 October, the Bavarian Construction Industry Association invited to a lecture by Professor Dr.-Ing. Zhiliang Ma on how BIM is seen and used in China by German engineers and architects. The previous laudation was given by LOC-Prof. Frank Petzold.
As a result of the long-term cooperation of the Leonhard Obermeyer Center with Prof. Ma, we are happy to announce the Department of Civil Engineering of Tsinghua University as the International Partner Institute of the LOC.
23. Oktober 2018
Our education program "BIM Professional" by TUM School of Management Executive Education and Leonhard Obermeyer Center was officially certified by buildingSMART Deutschland for the "Zertifikat BIM-Qualifikationen – Basismodul" on Tuesday at 22nd buildingSMART-Forum in Berlin. Thanks to all lecturers and organisers making this programm possible.
More information about the course: www.eec.wi.tum.de/de/certificate/building-information-modeling-bim-professional/
Springer publishes book "Building Information Modeling - Technology Foundations and Industry Practice" edited by Borrmann et al.
24. September 2018
Building Information Modeling (BIM) refers to the consistent and continuous use of digital information throughout the entire lifecycle of a built facility, including its design, construction and operation. In order to exploit BIM methods to their full potential, a fundamental grasp of their key principles and applications is essential. Accordingly, this book combines discussions of theoretical foundations with reports from the industry on currently applied best practices.
The book’s content is divided into six parts: Part I discusses the technological basics of BIM and addresses computational methods for the geometric and semantic modeling of buildings, as well as methods for process modeling. Next, Part II covers the important aspect of the interoperability of BIM software products and describes in detail the standardized data format Industry Foundation Classes. It presents the different classification systems, discusses the data format CityGML for describing 3D city models and COBie for handing over data to clients, and also provides an overview of BIM programming tools and interfaces. Part III is dedicated to the philosophy, organization and technical implementation of BIM-based collaboration, and discusses the impact on legal issues including construction contracts. In turn, Part IV covers a wide range of BIM use cases in the different lifecycle phases of a built facility, including the use of BIM for design coordination, structural analysis, energy analysis, code compliance checking, quantity take-off, prefabrication, progress monitoring and operation. In Part V, a number of design and construction companies report on the current state of BIM adoption in connection with actual BIM projects, and discuss the approach pursued for the shift toward BIM, including the hurdles taken. Lastly, Part VI summarizes the book’s content and provides an outlook on future developments. Powerful and sophisticated software products are now available that provide the technological basis for realizing BIM-based construction projects.
The book was written both for professionals using or programming such tools, and for students in Architecture and Construction Engineering programs.
The 22nd buildingSMART Forum will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Ellington Hotel in Berlin. Under the title "Shaping digital change", buildingSMART Germany, the digitization association of the construction and real estate industry, invites representatives and experts from politics, business and research and development to discussions. Once again, the buildingSMART Forum looks at new trends and developments for Building Information Modeling, the dominant method and technology for digital planning, building and operation. The LOC will once again be represented there as an ideal cooperation partner. Registrations are now possible via the buildingSMART website, where you will also find further information about the program.
LOC is the innovation partner of the BIM World Munich (27 & 28 November 2018)
16. August 2018
The BIM World Munich is the most visited networking platform in D-A-CH region for the national and international key-players in the innovative construction and real estate industry. More than 120 exhibitors introduce their innovative BIM-solutions, IT-applications and IoT-technologies. The trade fair with a 2-days conference and breakout sessions takes place annually and features such topics as digital facility management, BIM for architects and engineers, BIM in sustainable architecture, BIM and law.
The BIM TOWN, as a new innovation area for IT and IoT startups, is a highlight of the event this year. The BIM World Munich is to enter its third round on November 27 and 28, 2018. From the very beginning, the Leonhard Obermeyer Center at TU Munich has been an ‘innovation partner’ of BIM World. Together with its cooperation partner ‘Runder Tisch GIS e.V’, the Leonhard Obermeyer Center is going to explain the interaction between GIS and construction industry and show what role the GIS data plays for a successful BIM-method implementation. The LOC-members get free tickets for the exhibition and breakout sessions. The e-code is BIM-LOC and can be entered here: www.bim-world.de/registration
Newly founded platform "Digital Building" at Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern
13. August 2018
As part of the BayernDigital II master plan, a new ZD.B double platform "Digital Building" and "Smart Cities and Regions" was approved in spring 2018 on the initiative of the LOC. The Bayerische Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie und Technologie, in close cooperation with the ZD.B, has carried out preliminary work for the "Digital Building" platform. Speakers of the platform are Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Borrmann of the LOC and Johann Bögl of the Max Bögl Group.
The main objectives of the new thematic platforms are joint project work in research networks, information exchange and knowledge transfer as well as intensive networking between universities and industry. A first call for proposals for joint research projects is expected at the end of the year.
LOC InfraBIM Modeling Workshop
28. Juni 2018
The Leonhard Obermeyer Center hosted on Thursday, 28th of June 2018, an "InfraBIM Modeling Workshop" about BIM in infrastructural projects. Planning and construction companies, as Obermeyer Planen und Beraten, SSF Ingenieure, Schüssler Plan, Max Bögl and IB Grassl, reported about their experiences in current projects. In the second part, software companies, as ALLPLAN, Autodesk, Sofistik, Siemens, ProVI and CARD/1, showed their state of the art and future developments. After an open discussion and exchange about current problems and solutions, the necessity of open standards for a fair competition was exposed. In the end, allstakeholders were able to continue their discussions in a joint get together.
LOC at Unternehmertag des Bayerischen Bauindustrieverbandes 2018
25.-26. April 2018
At this year's Entrepreneurs' Day of the Bavarian Construction Industry Association, the main topic was "digitization". The event was bridging innovative research projects of the TUM, the economy and the Bavarian construction industry.
The Leonard Obermeyer Center TUM presented how the future can look like using digital planning tools, like Building Information Modeling, exemplary applied at a building at the TUM Campus in Garching. In combination with VR glasses, visitors could also experience the future planning world "virtually".
3D GeoInfo 2017 in Melbourne: Chair of Geoinformatics gives 4 presentations and wins the Best Paper Award as well as the 2nd Best Paper Award
28. Oktober 2017
The Chair of Geoinformatics had a good run at the 12th International Conference 3D GeoInfo 2017 held at the University of Melbourne: The paper on „Estimating Building Age with 3D GIS“ jointly written by Filip Biljecki (TU Delft / National University of Singapore) and Maximilian Sindram (Chair of Geoinformatics, TUM) was awarded as the Best Conference Paper. The Runners-Up to the Best Paper (2nd Place) was awarded to the paper written by Christof Beil and Prof. Kolbe (both Chair of Geoinformatics, TUM) on „CityGML and the Streets of New York - A Proposal for Detailed Street Space Modelling“.
Researcher Kanishk Chaturvedi presented the paper on ”Solar Potential Analysis and Integration of the Time-dependent Simulation Results for Semantic 3D City Models using Dynamizers“, researcher Son H. Nguyen the paper on ”Spatio-Semantic Comparison of Large 3D City Models in CityGML using a Graph Database“, and Prof. Kolbe the joint paper with Christof Beil mentioned above. All three papers were accepted based on the previous successful full paper review and chosen for oral presentation. Post-Doc Ihab Hijazi gave a presentation on „BIM-GIS Integration as Dedicated and Independent Course for Geoinformatics Students: Merits, Challenges, and Ways Forward“. All papers can be downloaded from the ISPRS publication website (ISPRS Annals & Archives) here:
More than 125 scientists and researchers participated in the 3D GeoInfo Conference held under the auspices of the ISPRS. The conference was preceded by the full day FIG workshop on ”BIM and GIS Integration“. Both were held under the joint title “3D Australia 2017“ and were organized by Dr. Mohsen Kalantari and Prof. Abbas Rajabifard from the University of Melbourne.
Improved virtual 3D city model of New York City in CityGML LoD2 available as Open Data
The Chair of Geoinformatics (TUM) presents an improved digital 3D city model of New York City. The generated CityGML compliant LoD2 datasets can be downloaded freely from our project website. While including new building models in LoD2, this city model especially provides detailed representations of the NYC street space. A total of over 500,000 street space objects are represented by integrating 11 thematic object classes such as ‘Roadbeds’, ‘Sidewalks’ or ‘Parking Lots’, all enriched with a variety of semantic information. The 3D model was entirely generated from NYC Open Data integrating more than 30 datasets into one consistent 3D city model. Additionally an ‘Open Source 3D Web Viewer’ is provided, allowing immediate interactive exploration and querying of the 3D model. The video linked below demonstrates the complexity of the city model generated and also includes a ‘3D Web Map Client’ demo.
Link to Youtube Demo Video: Click here
Online LoD2 Web Viewer: Click here
Project Website and Dataset Downloads: Click here
Project TUM-Wiki Page: Click here
After its successful launch in Paris in 2015, the BIM World will be coming to Munich this year. The Leonhard Obermeyer Center at Technische Universität München is the “innovation partner” of the two-day congress fair. In cooperation with our partner “Runder Tisch GIS e.V.”, we will present current research projects focusing on digital methods in the scope of AEC and GIS. For LOC-members, there is a 10%-discount on the regular ticket price. The two day conference – with its large exhibition area – will serve to “...demonstrate the benefits and the implementation of digital processes, present essential software, technologies and best practices in BIM and outline the upcoming challenges for working with BIM. (Organizer)
Nevena Perović wins the Top Teaching Trophy 2016
In the course of a festive event on July 15, 2016, LOC researcher Nevena Perović was awarded the Top Teaching Trophy 2016. Every year, the Munich School of Engineering (MSE) hands out the prize for outstanding achievements in the education sector. At the Chair for Computation in Engineering, Nevena Perović holds lectures on partial differential equations. We would like to congratulate her, and we are very happy about the award – which we also see as an acknowledgement of the excellent teaching at the Leonhard Obermeyer Center.
Prof. Uwe Stilla is the first German winner of the Willem Schermerhorn Award
In the course of the XXIII Congress of the ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) in Prague, Prof. Stilla was awarded the Willem Schermerhorn Award. The award for international activities in the field of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and spatial information science is handed out every four years, since 1988, in the course of the congress. Prof. Uwe Stilla, who is one of the LOC’s founders, is the first award winner from Germany. The ISPRS Congress in Prague is the largest event in the field of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geoinformation – with 2300 participants from 88 countries and more than 1800 contributions.
Cooperative Partnership at the 20th buildingSMART Forum in Berlin
The Leonhard Obermeyer Center is an official cooperation partner of the 20th buildingSMART Forum in Berlin. Under the title “Digital Excellence Now!”, international speakers will talk about the current status of model-based planning, construction, and operation – and they will give an outlook on the expected digitization trend in this sector. This will involve both classical planning as well as construction work in the fields of building construction and infrastructure planning, as well as new design processes and the aspect of connecting digital building models with the Internet of Things.
A new LOC premium member: NEMETSCHEK SE
As a consequence of the positive experiences the Allplan GmbH made in the course of the research cooperation with the LOC, the parent company NEMETSCHEK SE is now expanding its commitment with a premium membership. “For the Leonhard Obermeyer Center at Technische Universität München, NEMETSCHEK SE will be a very strong partner, with whom we are planning to further develop our common vision of the future of digital methods in the building industry.” (Prof. André Borrmann, LOC spokesman) The Munich-based company is one of the world’s leading software producers in the fields of AEC and media & entertainment. With its brands Allplan, Bluebeam, Crem, DataDesign System, Frilo, Graphisoft, Maxon, Nevaris, Precast, Scia, SDS/2 Design Data, Solibri, and Vectorworks, the parent company NEMETSCHEK SE is well represented on the international market, with many years of experience regarding the development and distribution of software solutions. NEMETSCHEK SE is one of the pioneers in the field of BIM: As early as in the 1980s, Prof. Nemetschek developed the concept of a database-dependent platform, which can be used by all parties involved in the construction process in order to optimize it. Today, NEMETSCHEK SE is one of the leading providers of BIM solutions – such as Allplan, ArchiCAD, DesignData, Solibri, and Vectorworks. Open BIM, a software-independent planning approach, is part of NEMETSCHEK’s corporate strategy.