FID BAUdigital

Specialised Information Service Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Studies digital



Dr. Irina Sens, Dr. Hedda Saemann (TIB)


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – German Research Foundation (DFG)


July 2020 – June 2023


Digitalisation has long reached the construction industry: innovative digital methods of design, planning and production make building processes more efficient and sustainable. Some of the common terms encountered in this field are computational design, additive production, “Planen Bauen 4.0” (Planning and Construction 4.0), BIM (building information modelling), CIM (city information modelling) and “Integrale Stadtplanung 4.0” (Integral Urban Planning 4.0). Construction is becoming increasingly dependent on high-quality data and digital technology. A large amount of information is interlinked in urban planning, too: huge amounts of data are generated in geodesy, transport (GIS data) and building services engineering (energy data). These data can be used to develop concepts for holistic sustainable cities, described by terms such as the “digital city”, “sustainable urbanism” and “urban management”. Tomorrow’s cities are being created on the basis of networked and interdisciplinary working and data models.

The digital transformation also affects historical disciplines such as building research, which increasingly involves the use of digital methods and tools. Three-dimensional data saved as digital objects document our architectural heritage, and play a significant role as research data. Contemporary architecture also faces new challenges in the shape of digital architectural and office legacies that need to be indexed and safeguarded for research and for future generations.

The aim of Specialised Information Service Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban studies digital (FID BAUdigital) is to create a single access point and targeted services for the subject areas of civil engineering, architecture and urban planning, enabling scholars to gain quick, easy access to specialist literature and to information relevant to research.


The Specialised Information Service Civil Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning (FID BAUdigital) will provide scholars with a shared platform for networking and for exchanging information and data. The platform will support their data-based research by providing innovative documentation, archiving and publishing services.

Addressing the needs identified in close cooperation with the specialist communities, eight fields of action are planned:

  • communication and interaction with the specialist communities
  • web service platform and research
  • specialist thesaurus
  • retro-digitisation, retro-digitisation service
  • research data management and curation
  • long-term archiving
  • research and infrastructure networking
  • open access and publication services

FID BAUdigital is primarily developed for the following target groups:

  • architecture, history of building and construction, building research, resource economics in construction
  • town planning/urban development, spatial planning, transport and infrastructure planning, landscape planning
  • construction engineering, construction informatics and construction management

The establishment and operation of the specialist information service is a concerted project between the various players in research in the construction industry, led by efficient information centres. The implementation of the project creates suitable structures to support top-level research with national and international impact and provides a solid basis for further development beyond the project duration.


FID BAUdigital (beta)




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