Focal topics and highlights

Experience the future trends in the construction industry

Our key topics – digitalBAU 2024

Shortage of skilled workers, cost pressure, and long planning procedures: The construction industry is currently facing numerous challenges. digitalBAU in Cologne from February 20-22, 2024 presented exciting possible solutions, focusing on four key topics that will have a major impact on the future of the industry: connectivity, the digital construction site, circular construction, and smart city.


BIM, metaverse, robotics: New technical developments are exciting, but are still not a solution when they go it alone. The buzzword is connectivity – the meaningful linking of analog and digital processes in construction is one of the key future trends. At digitalBAU, you will get an overview and experience how the intelligent linking of technologies and tools works in practice.

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Digital construction site

Construction site surveying using drones, 3D printers in house construction, and software programs for project management: The digital transformation at construction sites is in full swing. New technologies offer innovative solutions, but at the same time also raise many questions. Experience the opportunities and challenges offered by the digital construction site up close at the exhibition stands and in the supporting program.

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Circular construction

The future of construction is sustainable and saves resources. In circular construction, building materials are not disposed of after deconstruction, but reused instead in a new function, turning buildings into a valuable raw material warehouse. The exhibitors at digitalBAU will show you which digital approaches are helping to shape the sustainable future of construction. The lectures and discussion panels in the forum program will also show further possible solutions.

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Smart city

Whether it’s smart traffic control, digital city administration, or the use of smart park benches that also function as charging stations for mobile phones, smart cities use digital technologies to improve the safety, sustainability, and quality of life of their residents. At digitalBAU, you can find out what exciting opportunities the digital transformation of urban planning has to offer at the trade fair stands, and in the lectures and discussion panels.

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The focal points of digitalBAU 2024


  • BIM
  • VR / AR
  • Metaverse
  • Software development / planning software
  • Robotics / AI

Digital construction site

  • Digital transformation in skilled trade
  • Hyperconnectivity
  • Big data
  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics / AI
  • Digital twin
  • Streamlining the construction site

Circular construction

  • Sustainability, resources, cycles
  • Material databases
  • Cradle to cradle
  • Building with used components
  • Modular construction

Smart city

  • Urban planning
  • Proptech
  • Green and responsive city
  • Co-working
  • Urban development, society
  • Connected buildings / smart building / smart home
  • Building life cycle
  • Refurbishment with digital technology