Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Department of Building Lifecycle Management – BLM at KIT was spun off from the Institute for Industrial Building Construction (ifib) in early 2010 in the wake of the restructuring of the architecture faculty.

In research and teaching, the BLM focuses on the influence of information technologies on design, construction and use processes. The development, application and transfer of integrative computer-assisted planning and cooperation methods – in the sense of integrated building lifecycle management (BLM) – and the development and application of corresponding data models and IT tools are key departmental approaches.

The targets, firstly, are the development of methods and tools to increase project and process quality as well as planning efficiency, and, secondly, with respect to sustainable, goal- and requirement-oriented planning to improve the quality of the product or design object itself over its entire lifecycle. The interdisciplinary employee structure of the BLM enables the coupling of integrative systemic approaches with detailed specialist knowledge.

KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency.

The scientists of KIT communicate the contents and results of their work to society. Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. In high interdisciplinary interaction, scientists of these disciplines study topics extending from the fundamentals to application and from the development of new technologies to the reflection of the relationship between man and technology.

For this to be accomplished in the best possible way, KIT’s research covers the complete range from fundamental research to close-to-industry, applied research and from small research partnerships to long-term large-scale research projects. Scientific sincerity and the striving for excellence are the basic principles of their activities.

 Volker Koch

Volker Koch