Focal topics and highlights

digitalBAU covers IT applications (software, online and digital solutions) all along the value chain in construction. This includes software companies, industry and start-ups. In the intervening years between each edition of the world´s leading trading fair BAU, digitalBAU is an important platform for planners, architects, engineers, building trades professionals and the entire industry.

Focal topics

  • Access systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Communication technology
  • Digital building trades
  • Digital urban development and integration
  • Digitalization in construction machinery
  • Digitalization solutions for use in facility management
  • Digitalization solutions, concepts and ideas for the building site
  • Energy technology
  • Hardware
  • Intelligent building technology/Smart Homes
  • Light control
  • Measurement technology
  • Mobility
  • Proptech
  • Robotics
  • Science & research, professional development
  • Security systems
  • Software
  • VR and AR solutions all along the value chain in building

Our key themes

digitalBAU 2022 will focused on five topics that will significantly influence and further develop the construction industry in the future.

Digital construction site

Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology plays a major role in the digitalisation of construction sites. Since last year, this application has been mandatory for public infrastructure projects in Germany. However, other aspects such as digital surveying, the use of drones and the control and monitoring of the construction process using applications are also playing an increasingly important role. In addition to the suppliers of solutions in the field of digital construction sites, you will find informative sessions on this highlight topic in the supporting programme.

Artificial Intelligence

In the age of Internet of Things and automation, work processes on construction sites are also evolving. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are making processes more efficient and thus also more cost-effective. You can find out which requirements must be met for the use of AI and what needs to be taken into account at the trade fair stands as well as in the forum programme during lectures and discussion panels.


One consequence of AI and machine learning in the construction industry is the use of robotics. In this case, its use also has an efficient impact on money and time. Furthermore, new occupational fields are emerging in the construction industry. In the future, the construction worker will take over IT-supported programming and control activities, while the robot will be responsible for the previously difficult physical work. You can get an insight into the various possibilities for using robotics in the construction industry from the participating companies and in the supporting programme.

Urban development, society

Urban space will have to face major challenges in the coming years. In addition to demographic change and bottlenecks on the housing market, the energy transformation is also influencing the urban development of tomorrow. The exhibitors at digitalBAU will show you which digital approaches in the construction industry are helping to shape the urban future. The lectures and discussion panels in the forum programme will also show further approaches to solutions.

Networked buildings/¬Smart Building

Networked buildings will also have an important function in the city of tomorrow. So far, smart buildings have largely been used in the area of single-family homes. With regard to urban developments, the requirements for these buildings are also changing. Important aspects here are safety and efficiency. The exhibition area and the supporting programme at digitalBAU will give you an overview of smart building solutions and products.

Further key themes

Digital twin

  • BIM
  • VR / AR
  • Metaverse
  • Digital construction site


  • Digital transformation in the skilled trades
  • Hyper Networking
  • Big Data
  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • KI


  • Resources
  • Cycles
  • Smart Building


  • Urban Planning
  • Proptech
  • Green & Responsive City
  • Co-Working
  • Modular Building