Interdisciplinary Factory Planning at RWTH Aachen University

S + P supported with BIM lecture and in the expert jury

The planning process of a factory is characterized by high complexity, different disciplines have to work closely together. RWTH Aachen University offers a course to prepare for this challenge. In the lecture on “Interdisciplinary Factory Planning”, students of architecture, mechanical engineering (production technology and energy technology) and civil engineering work on a practical factory planning task as part of an interdisciplinary planning team. Based on this practical example, they jointly design a holistic factory concept so that a dynamic and almost real planning process is created.

In the course of the winter semester 2021/22, an interdisciplinary factory planning task was assigned to a site at the RWTH Campus Melaten that was challenging in terms of urban planning and production processes. For the first time, the factory planning task was to be processed using the BIM method (Building Information Modeling). The team of Dr. Schönheit + Partner (S + P) provided the basis for this with the technical lecture “With BIM to the digital twin”. For many years, S + P has been planning and realizing sophisticated factories with BIM. With extensive experience in dealing with this method, the coordination with specialist planners and the collection of actual data with drones and photogrammetry, S + P was able to give the students a comprehensive and realistic picture of BIM. In the view of S + P, the concrete learning and practical experience with this method are absolutely necessary as a good preparation for professional practice.

As an experienced architect, factory planner and project manager, S + P accompanied the students during the task processing. Dr. Martin Schönheit, Managing Partner of S + P, Peter Thomé, Managing Director of S + P Engineering, and Jan Oliver Weisel, Director of Project Management at S + P, evaluated the jointly developed, interdisciplinary results of the students as external members of the expert jury during the final colloquium on February 14, 2022.

“We were thrilled by the creative and well thought-out results of the interdisciplinary teams,” said Jan Oliver Weisel. “We enjoyed the presentations very much and wish all participants a good further development.”

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