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FutureSite - Test Center for the Development of Tomorrow's Construction Site

  • Jonas Odenthal
  • Georg Jacobs
  • Achim Kramer
  • Johannes Lipp

Productivity in the construction sector is showing very low growth compared to other sectors. This is partly due to the lack of digitization and the complexity of the construction site system. New, innovative construction site technologies and automation solutions for construction machinery are needed to increase productivity. For this purpose, the Institute for Machine Elements and System Development and the Institute of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University are developing and building a construction site test center, unique in Europe, where new technologies can be developed and tested in real conditions independent of manufacturers.

1 Motivation

Today's construction projects are characterized by a segmentation of the process chain and fragmentation of the entire construction industry. The consequences are low process reliability, long delays and high cost overruns, which have a direct impact on productivity. In Germany, for example, all economic...



This project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The authors would like to thank the sponsor.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonas Odenthal
    • 1
  • Georg Jacobs
    • 2
  • Achim Kramer
    • 3
  • Johannes Lipp
  1. 1.RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Maschinenelemente und Systementwicklung (MSE) der RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  3. 3.RWTH AachenAachenGermany

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