Student Nathalie Overmann wins research prize

With her bachelor’s thesis titled 'Digitization of the construction industry - causal analysis concerning the restricted implementation of Building Information Modeling in the construction industry in Germany', the graduate from the International Business Administration programme at the Faculty of Communication and Environment took second place in the nationwide competition for the annual research prize awarded by “Gesellschaft für Immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung (gif)”.

At the award ceremony at the University of Regensburg she was honoured for her outstanding performance and received a prize money of 750€.

Her work which was supervised by Professor Dr. Frank Zimmer dealt with the increasing importance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in German construction industry. The term Building Information Modeling describes a method of networked planning, execution and management of buildings by software. Based on a virtually constructed building model, all relevant building data is digitally modelled, combined and captured to ensure transparency and seamless communication between all participants. In her thesis Ms Overmann investigated why - although being a very useful tool - BIM has not yet been fully applied in German construction industry.

"With BIM as an interdisciplinary working method in the construction industry, Ms. Overmann has taken up a modern and highly relevant topic and has achieved excellent results. We are very proud that she was honoured with this important award," emphasizes Professor Zimmer.

Since 1995, gif has been awarding an annual real estate research prize with the aim of promoting research work, combining theory and practice and offering a platform for scientific exchange and know-how transfer within degree programmes, but also between science and business.






Andreas Fuchs