Coordinator of Working Commission W119


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bock becomes Coordinator of CIB Working Commission W119, which want`s to become a leading international research community on Customised Industrial Construction


CIB Working Commission, W119 on “Customised Industrial Construction” has been established as the successor of former TG57 on Industrialisation in Construction and as a joint CIB-IAARC Commission. Prof Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Girmscheid, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Coordinator of the former TG57) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bock, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany are the appointed Coordinators of this Working Commission.

Scope and Objectives of the Working Commission:
Industrialisation in Construction will become more customer oriented. Systems for adaptable manufacturing and robot technologies will merge the best aspects of industrialisation and automation with aspects of traditional manufacturing. Concepts of mass customisation can be implemented via the application of robots in prefabrication processes, on site in service.

Drivers for such concepts are: 

  • the potential of such advanced construction technologies to enable new business opportunities for the construction industry in order to deliver more efficient and customized products and services
  • increasing changes in demographics, life styles, cities, economies that require personalised socio economic and socio technical processes and services to be more affordable.

Against this background the commission will focus on the following areas for international research:

  • Industrialised customisation in automation and robotics in factories, on site and in building services
  • Design for industrialised customisation
  • Strategic deployment of industrialized customisation.

The commission aims:

  • to become the core of the world's leading international research community on Customised Industrial Construction and how this impacts upon processes in architecture, construction and real estate
  • to facilitate to bring in new knowledge and frontier technologies from various professiona, including: ICT, Automation, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Product-Service Engineering
  • to expand the professional core competence in the construction industry.

Further Information:

Chair for Building Realization and Robotics
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