BAU IT As Part of BAU 2009

BAU IT is a special display within BAU 2009 dedicated to the subject of IT in construction. Covering around 5,000 square metres of exhibition space, BAU IT is the largest display of its kind in Europe. Exhibiting here, in Hall C3, will be suppliers of hardware and software solutions for all segments of the building industry. BAU 2009, Europe´s biggest and most important trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, takes place from 12 to 17 January 2009 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. In all areas of trade and industry business processes are subject to ongoing change. It is important therefore to keep working methods and tools up-to-date to meet changing requirements.

This is particularly true in the building industry. Architects, planners, building firms and real-estate professionals are all experiencing rapid change in their processes. It is becoming ever more important to ensure continuity of data right through the building chain. Information has to be up-to-date and needs-oriented, and also available for use on mobile communications.

Successful exhibition concept
The exhibition concept of BAU IT was developed by the German Construction Software Association (Bundesverband Bausoftware e.V. - BVBS), in cooperation with BAU 2009. It is continuously being upgraded. All that is new and state-of-the-art in information and communication technology for the construction industry will be presented by representatives of the IT sector, at BAU from 12 to 17 January 2009 in Munich.

Competition: Built on IT
The competition 'Built on IT – Building jobs with a future' is being held as part of the BAU IT display. Prizes will be awarded to IT-supported processes and solutions that optimise the job of building and construction. The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, 13 January 2009, in the forum in Hall B0. The sponsors of the award are the German Ministry of Economics and Technology, in association with the Federation of the German Construction Industry (Hauptverband der deutschen Bauindustrie), the German Federation of Building Trades (Zentralverband des deutschen Baugewerbes), the Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt industrial trade union and BAU 2009

New products and developments on show at the stands
A number of firms exhibiting in the BAU IT display have already announced the presentations and activities they will be organising at their stands during the fair. These are:

Autodesk is showcasing its Building Information Modelling (BIM). This software firm supplies a range of solutions for architecture and construction. Special presentations are being arranged for its Revit Architecture, a 3D design program for architects, engineers and planners for the implementation of BIM.

Nemetschek Allplan is exhibiting tools for sustainable and cost-efficient planning. In addition the software house is presenting new ways of upgrading plans, competition documentation and exposés using Allplan. This product helps architects improve their success rate in winning new business.

UntermStrich, a supplier of a sector solution for internal project management, controlling and office organisation is highlighting the new multilingual capability of the software, which can thus support offices in international business, or mixed-language teams. Also they are offering a tool to calculate office hourly rates.

MWM Software & Beratung GmbH has come up with a truly versatile 'magic' tool for accurate measurement. This bill-of-quantity program copes perfectly with a wide range of measurement methods. To find out how to generate accurate measurements, even from hand-written entries or aerial photos from Google Earth, come along to this stand.

ComputerWorks' Vectorworks Architektur 2009 is the first CAD solution in architecture that integrates Parasolid . Parasolid is the world´s leading and most up-to-date 3D modelling kernel. For architects this new product brings limitless freedom in 3D construction and modelling – plus benefits in 2D such as the latest memory management, precision and breathtaking speed in performing everyday drawing tasks.

G&W Software Entwicklung GmbH is presenting its comprehensive solution CALIFORNIA 3000 for cost-controlling and handling contracting, sub-contracting, invoicing processes. This software program gives transparency throughout these operations and optimises the entire planning and implementation process. It also brings advantages in cost-optimisation in construction and maintenance jobs.

RIB Software AG is presenting the new version of its project management software solution ARRIBA for architects and engineers and for building firms. This is now being supplemented with a construction diary. In addition the ARRIBA -Workflow has been further expanded and the integration of document archiving with RIB-Partner EASY has been continued. In addition the RIB software engineers have expanded all the masonry products for structural engineering to take into account the new standard DIN 1045-1:2008.

GRAPHISOFT is showcasing a new release of ARCHICAD. This update successfully continues the yearly release cycle. It boasts many new features, significant optimisation and an acceleration in working processes. It gives greater transparency and simplicity to communication throughout the construction process.

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