IntCDC Constructive Conversations – AR, Automation and Robotics in the Construction Industry

May 9, 2022, 5:00 p.m. (CEST)

co-hosted with Leichtbau BW

Time: May 9, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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As part of the IntCDC Constructive Conversations the Cluster of Excellence IntCDC will host the online event

AR, Automation and Robotics in the Construction Industry

in cooperation with Leichtbau BW, on May 9, 2022. This joint "Excpert Guest Lecture" is intended to drive collaboration between research and industry in order to establish collaborative projects in the long term. 

Companies will report on their practical experiences with computational construction projects, for example in relation to AR, automation and robotics. What are the challenges in implementing such projects? What needs to be paid particular attention to? The aim is to show how, on the one hand, industry experience can be used for IntCDC research projects and, on the other hand, how the transfer of research results for new products and services to industry can be achieved.


5:00 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger, Leichtbau BW GmbH
Prof. Dr. Peter Middendorf, IntCDC
5:15 p.m. Kohlbecker AVAT AR - how algorithms help us to increase the efficiency of our planning and buildings
Florian Kohlbecker, Kohlbecker Gesamtplan GmbH
5:30 p.m. Connecting Installations and Expectations
Rafaella Broft, NÜSSLI Group
5:45 p.m. East End Gateway New York: Realisation of an Anticlastic Cable Net Façade with Monitoring System
Mike Junghanns, seele GmbH
6:00 p.m. Discussion Round


Kohlbecker AVAT AR - how algorithms help us to increase the efficiency of our planning and buildings - Florian Kohlbecker, Kohlbecker Gesamtplan GmbH

In an increasingly fast-moving global and growing world, the demands placed on our buildings are becoming more and more extensive. Faster construction times and more and more building technology and usage variations require new technologies in collaboration, planning, construction methodology and control of buildings. It is also important to be able to predict the effects of a building or urban planning on the climate.

For this purpose, we are developing the AVAT AR platform with the help of modern methods, which will give us designers, but also the constructor on the building site and above all the user the best possible control over his project. Florian Kohlbecker will use practical examples and simulations to show what is currently feasible.

About Florian Kohlbecker:
German industrialist and architect, Florian Karl Christoph Kohlbecker is the son of legendary industrial building architect Christoph Kohlbecker. He comes from three generations of leading architects. His grandfather, Karl Kohlbecker, is considered a pioneer in industrial construction, namely for building factories for leading German automotive companies. Florian spent his childhood growing up on building sites and learning about architecture at a very early age. He later studied architecture at BTU Cottbus, Brandenburg.

Florian began his career in 2001 for Renzo Piano in Paris and Bern as a project architect. He swiftly followed his successful patriarchal footsteps as a visionary designer helping create some of the world’s most famous buildings like The Zentrum Paul Klee, a modern art museum in Bern, dedicated to artist Paul Klee, and The Shard building – also referred to as the Shard of Glass – a phenomenal 72-storey skyscraper in London.

In 2005, Florian partnered with his older brother Matthias and took over the family business, Kohlbecker Blackforest Architects, from his legendary architect professor father. The Kohlbeckers were paramount in automotive power plants design for Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, Fiat, BMW, Porsche,KIA (amongst others), as well as working on many private residential properties.


Connecting Installations and Expectations - Rafaella Broft, NUSSLI Group 


Since the beginning, World Expo projects have tried to reflect a country’s inventions to the world. The different participants try to represent their country through a building and an exhibition – sometimes in synergy, sometimes as two different parallel storylines. Digital elements play an increasing role on both the inside and the outside experience for the visitor. In this short presentation, Rafaella Broft will outline examples of these elements, including their value and their challenges.

About Rafaella Broft:

Rafaella Broft is working on the Expo site since 2018. As Operations Manager Rafaella is the spider in the web and takes care of different operational topics that support the project management and the collaboration between the main contractor, subcontractor, and suppliers.

Rafaella started her career as the Project Engineer to the Pavilion of the Netherlands at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. After the project had finished, she joined University College London for an MSc in Construction Economics & Management and developed an interest in Supply Chain Management (SCM), partly due to her part-time job as a Procurement Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Site. Since then, Rafaella has worked as a SCM Expert for the Dutch Construction Industry, guiding representatives of both main contractor and subcontractor/supplier organizations on the implementation of Lean and SCM principles with the aim to create successful construction supply chains. In 2016, she decided to involve in a part-time PhD, increasing the connection between theory and practice.

The last three years Rafaella has been engaged as an Operations Manager for the design and execution of twelve projects at the World Expo 2020 Dubai. With more than ten years of challenging work experience in the United Kingdom, China, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands, she has endured different views to construction – what started with a passion for the creation of (temporary) structures and buildings, slowly developed into an interest in the creation of successful project-exceeding teams.


East End Gateway New York: Realisation of an Anticlastic Cable Net Façade with Monitoring System - Mike Junghanns, seele GmbH

Approximately 650.000 people use the junction at the famous Madison Square Garden every day and thus make Penn Station one of the most important train stations in New York.

seele realized the complex cable façade of the new main entrance according to plans by AECOM/SOM.

An A-shaped steel frame combined with a cable façade and double-curved glass laminates creates a 277sqm and 12m high canopy. To realize an inclination of 45 degrees and achieve the required geometry and pre-tension in the cable net, the steel structure for the anticlastic cable façade was manufactured with a pre-camber.

The installation as well as the successive monitoring of the cable structure demanded a continuous cable force measurement. In close cooperation with the research project DigitalTWIN seele realized a cloud-based continuous monitoring system taking into account the cable forces as well as the environmental boundary conditions on site.

About Mike Junghanns:
Mike Junghanns holds a degree in civil engineering. He has been responsible for testing at seele GmbH in Gersthofen for ten years. Starting off with site management in the USA and UK the fields of experience extended to façade performance testing, glass- and structural testing, the development of pre-tensioning and monitoring concepts for cable net structures as well as building physics simulation and testing. A selection of projects Mike has contributed to include the Apple Park in Cupertino/USA, Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne/Australia, European Central Bank in Frankfurt/Germany as well as the Albert Einstein Learning and Research Center in São Paulo/Brazil.


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Florian Kohlbecker
Rafaella Broft
Mike Junghans
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