Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch

The Chair of Intelligent Technical Design is concerned with the application of modern information and communication technology (ICT) during the design, the construction and the operation of civil infrastructure, such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, road and pipe networks. In this regard, we use methods of Building Information Modelling (BIM), Computer Vision and Machine Learning as well as Virtual and Augmented Reality to efficiently and sustainably inform decision makers. 

"Intelligent Technical Design refers to a design approach that utilizes advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to optimize the design process and improve the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of building and infrastructure systems. It integrates data-driven insights, real-time performance monitoring, and machine learning algorithms into the design process to make informed decisions, automate manual processes, and reduce the risk of human error. The goal of Intelligent Technical Design is to create high-performing, sustainable, and efficient building and infrastructure systems." [ChatGPT, 2023]

Published: 27 April 2023

IFC Unity Editor Plugin

Directly import IFC files into the Unity editor with our plugin.

Unity is a powerful development environment for developing and building applications for building information because of its ease of handling geometry data. Unfortunately, it does not have a native interface for importing IFC files. Our plugin bridges this gap and allows easy import of IFC files with geometry and semantics. This not only enables the display of the data, but also forms the basis for further activities, such as editing the building information. For a correct display, materials are also loaded, which can be provided with textures.

A video for demonstration may be found here:

Source code and binaries are stored at GitHub:

This software was implemented using xBIM and IfcOpenShell

Our team includes Prof. Koch, Mrs. Engelbert, Mr. Wagner, and several research and student assistants.


Here you can find an overview of teaching modules offered by the chair.


Here we describe individual research activities at the chair.