Digital Building

With an emphasis on Building Information Modelling BIM, we work on products and processes for more economical and better-quality construction.

Service portfolio

The Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industries IdBH offers a wide range of services and diverse collaboration options. Typical services in the field of digital building:

  • Research projects commissioned by companies and institutions
  • Support in applying for research funding from national and international funding organisations (including Innosuisse, FOEN, Horizon 2020, M-ERA.NET)
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Digital transformation of processes in the construction industry
  • Digital building survey and measuring
  • Parametric design of complex constructions
  • Sensory surveillance of buildings or parts of buildings
  • Advice
  • Expert opinions
  • Topic-specific continuing education events and conferences
  • Lectures

We are heavily involved in teaching and continuing education. We supervise students’ projects and theses. We also frequently engage master’s students as assistants in research projects. In this way, we contribute to training the experts of the future.

We have connections with the following academic programmes and courses of continuing education:

We aim to transfer all non-confidential research into practice. To this end, we hold events and lectures, write specialist articles, conduct tours, organise workshops, and present our results at trade fairs.

Areas of expertise

Besides our areas of technical expertise, we are distinguished by our close connections to the industry, to public institutions, associations and international research networks, especially in the field of wood.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Building Information Modelling BIM
  • Infrastructure Information Modelling IIM
  • Virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • Production-oriented planning processes
  • Digital construction processes
  • Quality management

Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industries IdBH

Management and market research are one of the key areas of focus of the Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industries IdBH. At the IdBH we analyse markets, methods and technologies and develop new, economical solutions for the construction and wood industries of tomorrow.

Other key areas of focus:


Standards and directives 

  • Active involvement and publications of Building Smart Switzerland and Bauen Digital Switzerland 
  • Industry Foundation Classes IFC, standard for the exchange of building data

Software for various manufacturing processes and various applications such as

  • Archicad
  • Autocad
  • Revit
  • Cadwork 
  • Solibri
  • Rhinoceros
  • Grasshopper Plugin

Mixed Reality

  • Virtual Reality Lab


We offer many different collaboration options. I will be happy to answer your questions and look forward to hearing from you: