FutureSite – Test center for the development of tomorrow’s construction site

  FutureSite Header Copyright: © Copyright: Aldenhoven Testing Center, MSE


Today's construction projects are characterized by a segmentation of the process chain and a fragmentation of the entire construction industry. The consequences are low process reliability, long delays and high cost overruns, which are directly reflected in productivity. One reason for this is the poorly implemented digitalization and automation in the construction industry. Innovative construction site technologies and automation concepts are needed to solve these problems.


Research objectives

The aim of the research project is to develop and set up a new type of construction site test centre. The FutureSite-Test center consists of a networked infrastructure construction site with a modular, manufacturer-independent communication infrastructure, on which the technologies required in the future for the digitalization, networking and automation of the construction industry can be developed in an application-oriented manner and tested holistically.

  • Analysis of real construction site scenarios
  • Development of a reference topology
  • Development of a manufacturer-independent communication infrastructure
  • Development of digital twins for construction machines
  • Development of a process platform for visualization and analysis of machine data in real time
  • Building of the real model construction site


Research and project partners

  • Institute of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University (IMA)
  • Aldenhoven Testing Center of RWTH Aachen University GmbH
  • Bosch Rexroth AG
  • GNS Electronics GmbH
  • Hamm AG
  • Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik GmbH
  • HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH
  • Indurad GmbH
  • Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke GmbH
  • Talpasolutions GmbH
  • Volvo Construction Equipment Germany GmbH
  • Welotec GmbH
  • Wirtgen GmbH

  Logo of the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF

Promoted by

This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF

  Logo of Bezirksregierung Köln Copyright: © Bezirksregierung Köln

Project sponsor