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We build tomorrow

What does the future look like? How will we learn, work, build, how will we live? Every leap into the modern age starts with bold first steps. Experience how we use digitization to improve ourselves further.

Think tank for digitization in construction

Robots that build bridges, talk or move autonomously around construction sites: PhD students at TU Darmstadt are researching these and many other digital solutions for the construction industry in a unique partnership with the HOCHTIEF company Nexplore. The video on the left gives you a comprehensive insight into the think tank.

Starting at approx. 1:30 minutes the shorter films below each explain one research strand after a general introduction.


Mobile robots for more safety
Autonomous, mobile robots are to collect high-quality data and improve safety on construction sites. PhD student Martin Oehler is researching this.

Artificial bridge builders
PhD student Niklas Funk is training robots' sense of touch. In the future, they will be used to assist with difficult assembly work.

Next generation
PhD student Matthias Urban is researching a new generation of databases to facilitate work on construction sites.

Talking head
Alfie, the talking robot head, is inspired by PhD student Patrick Schramowski.

Close cooperation with science

Together with Ruhr University Bochum, HOCHTIEF is breaking new ground in the digital transformation of the construction industry. Together we developed the advanced training course to become a BIM professional and are researching the digital twin of a construction project. Take a look at how the shoulder-to-shoulder cooperation between science and practice works.

Hidden secrets in London

Where does the electricity come from? From the socket, of course. But how does electricity get into the socket? Climb aboard a red double-decker bus, meet tunnel experts from around the world and discover London's hidden secrets: welcome to our Electrical Mystery Tour. We pave the way for 200 kilometers of high-voltage cables south of the Thames.