The digital building

techFM4.0 makes it possible to develop digital innovations and thus ensure energy- and cost-efficient operation of existing and new buildings.

Center for Building Technology







Around 15 scientific staff members at our Center for Building Technology in Pinkafeld are carrying out research into sustainable energy supplies and the maintenance of buildings. Due to increasing complexity and rising demands on quality, costs and flexibility, maintenance in particular is becoming increasingly important. In this field, new technologies in the Internet of Things and Internet of Sensors are opening up innovative possibilities for more efficient monitoring of plant components or entire systems. Furthermore, stored measurement data on technical building systems possesses an immense informational value.

Digital twin

Up until now, every step in the realisation of a building has meant a loss of information due to the different professionals and tools used. Digital Building Information Modelling (BIM) retains detailed information from the planning and construction phases and can be used for ongoing operations and maintenance. Stored in a structured way, data from technical building systems and components offers extensive information value: real field data can be used to determine efficiency increases, detect errors and investigate the influences of disturbances and environmental factors. Complex data, intelligently analysed, is also changing the previously valid principles of product development, enabling the development of options for digital remote maintenance and remote optimisation.

Mutual knowledge sharing

This is where our techFM4.0 course comes in, which will deal with digital innovations for technical facility management until summer 2020. Participants are the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland in Pinkafeld and the Austrian Institute of Technology as scientific partners, as well as Schrack Seconet and seven other professionals as corporate partners. The project runs for a period of 30 months and is funded by the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) and the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, which aim to initiate mutual knowledge sharing between research and companies by means of this innovation course.

Complementary consortium

Our project consortium is deliberately complementary: each member can thus contribute their own individual experience in order to ultimately achieve collective added value on the interdisciplinary issue of digitisation. techFM4.0 creates tailor-made qualification measures that enable the corporate partners to develop digital innovations and thus ensure energy- and cost-efficient operation of existing and new buildings. Our goal is not to train individual persons, but to achieve a scalable increase in know-how for the participating companies, which can lead to the development of new products and business areas. In addition to imparting knowledge along the entire building value chain, the focus is also on the specific application. Our real research building ENERGETIKUM in Pinkafeld can be used for this purpose. The results of the project will eventually influence the further development of the related degree programmes at the University of Applied Sciences and the associated professional fields.

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