Stuttgart, 13 April 2017. The city of Heidelberg and RIB SE, Stuttgart with its 100%-subsidiary iTWOcity AG, signed a co-operation agreement on 12 April 2017 in a technology partnership for the world’s first IT research project for the completely virtual planning of a whole district. The aim is to model the results of the planning phase of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) and the urban guidelines in the innovative 5D BIM End to End software technology iTWO 4.0 across the entire process. Based on the experiences of our customers with individual construction projects, we expect advantages of at least 30%, based on the total financing volume for the entire project.
Model-based planning and building is aimed at reducing unnecessary expenses and focusing on the diverse design-models of the city planners and their virtual evaluation to the elaboration of the needs of the future inhabitants of this district. Thanks to the close cooperation between RIB iTWOcity AG, the management team of the International Building Exhibition around Prof. Michael Braum and the innovative and sustained orientation of the City of Heidelberg, this demonstration project of RIB Software SE will be a significant impetus for expanding the cloud-based iTWO 4.0 technology-modules such as smart city functions, energy and material flows, integrated transport and mobility concepts, virtual modeling of the inhabitants behavior, micro and macro mobility and other modules.
In the iTWOcity project in Heidelberg, RIB SE sees the world’s first IT standard-model-project in urban development, which is setting the world standard, and is thus continuing to pursue the goal of transforming the construction industry into one of the most modern industry sectors. The entire functionality of the iTWO platform technology is here tested and optimized in an urbanized format. Data is collected and intelligently integrated into future product development. As a result, RIB is on the important road to support the future mega-construction-projects as a global technology partner and thus expanding this business field internationally.
Modern workplaces, affordable houses in an appealing, sensitive, smart networked urban concept, will be created transparently and comprehensibly, taking into account the general public. The city of Heidelberg gets, in addition to the historic old town, the castle and the constantly renewed university, another internationally visible highlight.
“I am very pleased that we have found a strong and renowned partner with RIB. Their technique allows us to compare town-planning designs with different depths of detail – and at the same time visualize the different designs in models. This will allow us to build more cost-effectively and to discuss planning options in public,” says Lord Mayor Prof. Würzner.
“Patrick-Henry-Village has the potential to create a sensation as a model for a city quarter of the future. This is what our technology is all about. With iTWOcity, we are launching the world’s first IT research project in Heidelberg for the complete virtual planning of an entire district,” explains Prof. Dr. Schuhmacher, Executive Board Member of iTWOcity AG.
RIB Software SE is an innovator in construction business. The company creates, develops and offers cutting-edge digital technologies for construction enterprises and projects across various industries worldwide. Its flagship product iTWO 4.0 is the world’s first 5D BIM enterprise cloud solution for construction companies, industrial companies, developers and project owners, etc. Since its inception in 1961, RIB Software SE has been the pioneer in construction innovation, exploring and bringing in new thinking, new working method and new technology to enhance construction productivity, and transforming the construction industry into the most advanced and digitalized industry in the 21st century. RIB is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and listed in Prime Standard Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2011. With more than 900 talents located in over 30 offices worldwide, RIB is serving 100,000 clients including construction contractors, sub-contractors, developers, owners, investors and governments, in the field of building construction, infrastructure, EPC sector and more.