In an online event on January 25th, State Transport Minister Hermann honored a graduate of the faculty's Institute of Construction Management (IBL) with the state's "Building Information Modeling" Award 2021 for outstanding research work on digitalization in road construction. Fabian Haisch, M. Sc., convinced the professorial jury with his master's thesis „Prozess- und Kostenoptimierung durch Digitalisierung im Baumaschinenflottenmanagement“ (Process and Cost Optimization through Digitization in Construction Equipment Fleet Management) which he completed in the Real Estate Engineering and Management study program. The state's goal is to introduce the BIM method in the road sector in the medium term.
A total of 37 students submitted projects, six of which were able to present their work and received awards. This is the fourth time that the prize (€15,000 prize money for all award-winning projects together), which is sponsored by HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions, Johann BUNTE Bauunternehmung and Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF), has been awarded.
The Virtual Academy A6 was set up as part of the project "Verfügbarkeitsmodell BAB A6 Wiesloch - Weinsberg" (Availability Model BAB A6 Wiesloch - Weinsberg). The Universities of applied sciences Biberach, Constance, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the University of Stuttgart and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach are participating. The aim of the academy is to promote the exchange between research and teaching at the universities and the working practice of companies in the construction industry. Activities such as excursions, project work, internships or student theses as well as public discussion rounds in and around the PPP project are coordinated and designed via the Academy's network. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Christian Jünger, Director of IBL: "We are very proud of the work of the Virtual Academy A6 and that the BIM Award has become a permanent fixture in the annual calendar of the Minister of Transport and in all colleges and universities. We have created a platform that ideally combines science and practice in construction for the benefit of all involved."