As pioneers of digital change, we are European pioneers in the field of planning and building with BIM

Seamless digitalisation

With computer-aided methods, the individual processes in design, planning, execution and operation can be strategically linked and synergies exploited. To achieve this, however, we not only use the computer as an interactive instrument, but also see it as a creative extension. Creating good architecture with the highest precision is always in the foreground for us.

We have set ourselves the goal of seamless digitalisation in timber construction, from planning and construction to dismantling and further use. As timber construction pioneers with decades of experience, we bring digitalisation directly to the construction site and for the first time enable an industrialised process from a single source.

By closing this gap, the digital twin corresponds to the realised building in terms of precision and content. The individual components are thus recyclable and can be assembled into new buildings after deconstruction without any loss of quality.

Our vision: Digitalisation directly to the construction site

What do the clients get out of it?

The digital planning workshop developed by Dietrich | Untertrifaller offers clients the best possible service – from the initial idea to the handover of the keys, and even during the operation and maintenance of the building. As a virtual twin, the Building Information Model BIM manages the entire life cycle of a building: from the project design to the implementation planning, the awarding procedure, planning and monitoring of the construction to the maintenance of the building and its final demolition. All information from the planning and construction phases is recorded in a database and can be easily analysed, repaired and, if necessary, reproduced and replaced by the building management at any time. This saves time, costs and, last but not least, nerves.

BIM manages all project data digitally
- from planning to dismantling

How does this work?

By team-centred planning on one model and the integration of execution know-how into the design planning. This integral planning workshop guarantees the best process quality, i.e. the best quality in planning, execution and operation.

In the planning workshop, the core team of architects, structural engineers, building services planners, timber construction specialists and the client work on a common model. After the planning workshop, the timber construction company takes on the role of work preparation, actively works on the model and enters all production-relevant data into the model during the approval phase. This means an enormous gain in time because there is no need for the checking and approval processes of work and assembly plans.

Problem: Conventional planning with parallel models
Our solution: Integral planning team works in ONE model

Integral planning team works on ONE BIM model

Photo: Dietrich | Untertrifaller, Project Studio


  • Team work in sprint workshops in one office
  • Core team works on one BIM standard
  • Work preparation is integrated into the planning workshop
  • Other specialist planners work in parallel (fire protection, building physics, geotechnics etc. …)

Agile process management

The normal processing of HOAI service phases does not fit in with the digitalisation of the construction industry and certainly not with the BIM planning method. Professional clients expect more flexibility through agile project management.

The processing in iterative topic blocks enables the integration of all participants. Planning becomes synchronised and transparent. We set up the project processes integrally with all participants. This allows us to increase the quality of the result and optimise the overall process.

Scrum and agile project management replace rigid project plans with simple rules and frequent coordination in the project team. The project and vision are at the centre, not performance catalogues.

The project runs in several project sprints, with daily meetings (daily stand-ups). Selected topic blocks, e.g. facades, are worked out in detail in a sprint. The main factors are cooperation and communication, rapid reaction to change and functional buildings. To achieve this in a goal-oriented way, we develop the project together in the project studio.

Agile project management techniques support the development of BIM model applications throughout the project life cycle.

Scrum and agile project management replace rigid project plans ...
... with simple rules and frequent coordination in the project team.

Is the construction industry digital?

Photo: Marcus Buck, TUM Campus in the Olympic Park Munich
Photo: Aldo Amoretti, TUM Campus in the Olympic Park Munich

It is true that projects are already being planned in BIM with highly complex data structures and dependencies. Nevertheless, the digital model still remains in the computer after planning, the information reaches the construction site via paper plans and the digital value chain is accordingly interrupted. With our processing approach, we close the gap between planning and realisation.

Our integral models go through a highly efficient process from design to joining on the construction site. Wood as a material brings the high precision from the digital model directly to the construction site due to the high degree of prefabrication. The CNC-controlled machines are addressed directly from the model, and information on manual joinery can be generated directly from the data set.

BIM is about a systematically ordered, professionalised form of information and data exchange among all construction participants. Work is done on the basis of a single, jointly used data pool. The advantage is that all construction participants talk to each other, think together and agree on sensible procedures before they get started on the construction site.

Photo: Aldo Amoretti, TUM Campus in the Olympic Park Munich

This is how we bring digitalisation to the construction site!

Our solution integrates the production-relevant performance of work preparation into the model, reduces the interfaces to a minimum and completely eliminates the time-consuming and error-prone reconciliation and approval processes of work and assembly planning.

The result of this integral process means more planning and cost security, transparency, efficient cooperation and communication. It should not be forgotten, however, that it is also primarily about the quality of architecture and its significance for society. BIM is only a tool; it cannot replace the ideas and skills of the architect, but only complement them.

Dominik Philipp, Helmut Dietrich, Much Untertrifaller, Patrick Stremler