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Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 8,900 employees, 21,000 students, and a total annual budget of about 750 million Euros. KIT was established on 01/10/2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825), one of Germany’s leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (founded in 1956), one of the largest research centres in the Helmholtz Association. Higher education, research, and innovation are the three pillars of KIT’s activities. In establishing innovative research structures, KIT is pursuing joint strategies and visions. KIT’s research profile is characterised by a strong focus on energy technology, nanotechnology and materials research, as well as climate and environmental research. It has significant competencies in the fields of information and communication technologies, mobility systems, optics and photonics, and the inter-relations of humans and technology. Its Institute for Applied Computer Science (IAI) has a leading position in the development, definition and application of semantic data models on component -, building - and regional level. The institute is member of buildingSMART (bSI), ProSTEP iViP e.v., Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Special Interest Group 3D (SIG3D) of Geodateninfrastruktur Deutschland (GDI-DE).



Main roles in STREAMER

-  Leader of Work Package 6 on semantic design instruments, and Task 8.5 on standardisation in BIM, GIS and Semantic Web, especially through its role as the chair of OGC.

-  Lead investigator in Work Package 5, side-by-side with AEC3, on the development of semantic design methods.

-  Researcher in energy analysis and design decision support tools.

- Active partner in knowledge dissemination and valorisation, especially through its international network in the GIS domain, and benchmarking at EU level.



Key persons involved

- Mr. Karl-Heinz Häfele (Dipl.-Ing., Project Group Leader) obtained his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at University Karlsruhe (TH) in 1987. Since 1988 he is working in the Research Centre Karlsruhe, now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He was working in the field of robotics (industrial robots and service robots) for over ten years. His scientific work now focuses on modelling and processing spatial data on the component, building and city level. He is member of the buildingSMART Implementer Support Group (ISG) and member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Standard Working Group (SWG) for CityGML. Since version 2.0 he is coeditor of the CityGML Specification.


- Dr.-Ing. Joachim Benner (Research Engineer), received a diploma in Mathematics from the University Kiel in 1980 and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University Karlsruhe (TH) in 1984. As member of the Research Centre Karlsruhe, now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, he worked in the area of remote handling in nuclear environments and coordinated a multinational project within the EC programme TELEMAN. Since 1995, his activities concentrate on modelling and processing of spatially related data. He is actively involved in the development of the OGC standard CityGML and the German national standard for planning data XPlanGML, and developed several software tools supporting these data formats.


- Mr. Andreas Geiger (Dipl.-Ing., Research Engineer) studied civil engineering at the University of Applied Sciences of Karlsruhe. He worked since 2002 at the Research Centre Karlsruhe as a specialist in product modelling and data management. The research is focused on the data models IFC and CityGML. He is active member of the buildingSMART Implementer Support Group (ISG) and Model Support Group (MSG), and the German working group “Haustechnik”.



 Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Häfele

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