AI-based Timber Construction Process Planning

Associated Project 21 (AP 21)


Detailed digital modelling and optimisation of construction processes is a topic that has not yet been sufficiently explored. Such modelling requires innovative AI methods and is essential for digital, integrative, and resource-efficient construction planning that considers as many performance criteria as possible at an early stage. This project investigates and implements this modelling and AI-based optimisation using the multi-storey timber system developed in IntCDC as an example.

This project develops methods for the application, adaptation, and combination of AI techniques for sustainable building process planning in timber construction. This development requires

  • the identification, adaptation and research of suitable new AI techniques,
  • appropriate software engineering modelling methods, and
  • expertise from the fields of architecture, engineering and construction.

A timber-based building system developed in IntCDC serves as an example for this research. In this way, the project builds a bridge between the Artificial Intelligence Software Academy and IntCDC: the project benefits from the challenges and new techniques in construction planning, and IntCDC benefits from the AI-driven construction process planning methods of KINaBau. The resulting software demonstrators and research data will be made publicly available.



Tenure-Track Prof. Dr. Thomas Wortmann
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), University of Stuttgart
Tenure-Track Prof. Dr. Andreas Wortmann
Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW), University of Stuttgart


Shermin Sherkat (ICD/ISW)


Cybervalley and Ministry for Science, Research and Art of the State of Baden-Württemberg



  1. 2023

    1. Sherkat, S., Garmaroodi, A. A., Wortmann, A., & Wortmann, T. (2023). Residential complex design as a Constraint Satisfaction Problem. Automation in Construction, 154, 104995.
    2. Sherkat, S., Skoury, L., Wortmann, A., & Wortmann, T. (2023). Artificial Intelligence Automated Task Planning for Fabrication. In K. Dörfler, J. Knippers, A. Menges, S. Parascho, H. Pottmann, & T. Wortmann (Eds.), Advances in Architectural Geometry 2023 (pp. 249--260). De Gruyter.
  2. 2022

    1. Sherkat, Shermin., Wortmann, Andreas., & Wortmann, Thomas. (2022). Potentials of Symbolic AI Planning for Construction. Forumbauinformatik.




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