Exchange between students and practical partners at MEVA’s headquarters in Haiterbach. © MEVA Formwok Systems
On Friday, July 1, the final presentation at the Biberach University of Applied Sciences marked the end of a Master students‘ project for which MEVA Formwork Systems, together with BIM² and Building Information Innovator, had the opportunity to support them as a practical partner.
Proudly, the students of the Master’s program in Construction Project Management and the Master’s program in Engineering Management at HBC presented the result of their work, which they had been developing over the past semester.
With the model project „In-situ concrete formwork in its life cycle – processing future formwork“, they faced the standard problem for time delays on present-day construction sites: a lack of structure and insufficient overview of the overall processes.
The project’s main focus was on formwork and its digital integration with the help of the BIM method. The aim was to rethink the formwork workflow as a process and to demonstrate a solution for making construction sites leaner and more efficient in the future.
The students‘ approach is the necessity of interaction between improved resource management and transparent data exchange between planning and execution. To implement this in practice, basic concepts for the development of a digital customer interface were worked out. An app created by the students that digitally generates delivery notes has already served as a prototype.
The ideal target process
To obtain an on-time completed building at the end of the process, the following data is imported into 5D BIM at the beginning: the 3D model, the time frame, and the available resources such as internal and rented material, employees, and the forecasted material stock.
Through an ideal process planned out in detail in advance, which is constantly tracked during execution, resources should be saved eventually, and thus more clients can be served.
The permanent target-performance comparison also enables the construction site to react more flexibly and makes deviations from the target directly visible.
The first step is to import the building carcass model as an IFC file into Revit and then use BIM²form to create the formwork design and its cycles. This is then analyzed with the help of the tool dProB by BII GmbH to optimize the use of formwork components, and the associated logistics processes are visualized.
This results in a schedule in which deliveries and returns are also noted. Based on these, the digital delivery notes are then issued.
Once on site, the planned processes are tracked using the photogrammetric picture recognition tool oculai.
Through constant target-performance comparison, tracking of the individual formwork components can be realized throughout the entire process.
This means that it is always possible to track which material is currently being used where and when it will be returned.
As a result, flexible, foresighted, and structured reactions can be made at any time with the help of the target-performance comparison of the schedule.
Supporting students is important to us
BIM² CEO Tobias Wallner listens intently to the students‘ input. ©MEVA Formwork Systems
As a partner, we aim to encourage students who explore the topic of Building Information Modelling and 3D formwork design and are happy to support them in projects like this that drive digitalization in the construction industry.
We are happy about the dedicated performance of the students and sincerely congratulate them on this successful project.