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digitalBAU: In dialog with digitization specialists in the construction industry

digitalBAU, a new trade fair format of BAU in Munich, will open its doors in Cologne from February 11 to 13, 2020. So far, more than 140 companies have registered for the first leading trade fair for digital solutions in the construction industry. Thereby, Messe München is responding to the demand of manufacturers and trade visitors to continue to attend to digital developments, trends and services in the interim years of BAU. In addition to the exhibition, a comprehensive supporting program which will inspire architects and engineers alike will strengthen the event.

The three days in hall 7 of Koelnmesse will be accompanied by a highly informative specialist program. 40 speakers will speak at a total of three specialist forums; almost 90 power and specialist presentations, panel discussions as well as a start-up award are planned. digitalBAU Project Manager Matthias Strauss sees this as an important added value for visitors and an opportunity for the young trade fair to position itself as a dialog platform: "Specialist planners as well as architects, public and private property developers, real estate operators, craftspeople, students and apprentices of the handicraft trades are invited to take part in the free forums. Our visitors have the opportunity to switch between the forums in order to learn as much as possible about the digital 'status quo' of the other construction partners and to exchange ideas."

Experienced partners and supporters for the supporting program
The forums are organized by digitalBAU in cooperation with the architectural trade journal Bauwelt, the network initiatives Planen Bauen 4.0 and Mittelstand 4.0 and the specialist portal Heinze. The individual focuses of the forums will address current topics and challenges of the various target groups. Exhibition Director Matthias Strauss: "As a dialog platform, digitalBAU enables a unique exchange and thus enables the various participants to establish new contacts. This should be possible both at the exhibition stands and at our specialist forums, for which we have found experienced partners and supporters."

The program: As diverse as the target groups
Top-class speakers and innovative solution providers will be represented at the forums. The whole industry was taken into consideration. During these three days, architects, engineers and planners, for example, will gain an insight into the entire spectrum—from highly topical industry topics such as BIM and HOAI to digital planning and manufacturing methods, digital twin and smart building, to practical workshops on the topics of planning, development, construction, crafts and operation. Industry expert Thomas Kirmayr, Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance and head of the Center of Competence for Planning and Building Mittelstand 4.0, will get to speak about the digital twin. Florian Kraft, Partner at Stefan Forster Architekten in Frankfurt, BIM Manager and Managing Director of Compendium BIM + Kybernetik, will talk about the correct strategic positioning of architecture firms in times of digitization. The program is complemented by the expertise of specialists such as Boris Peter—architect, engineer and partner at the engineering firm Knippers Helbig. He will speak about digitization in interdisciplinary planning processes and the associated paradigm shift.

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