The Nemetschek Group develops software solutions that enable a sustainable and efficient process for complex construction and infrastructure projects. The 15 brands of the Nemetschek Group operate largely independently, with close proximity to the market. But they all have four characteristics in common: Open. Innovative. Focused. Solid. These cornerstones make the Group so successful.
Driving digitalization in the building industry
Prestigious buildings, affordable housing for a growing population or complex infrastructure projects: the building industry faces a wide range of challenges. These include cost and time pressure, difficult building structures, increasing numbers of project stakeholders, new provisions and requirements, and not least of all, the debate regarding sustainability in a sector that devours 40 percent of the world’s energy production. The fact is that the industry could be a lot more effcient. While the processing industry, for example, has increased its productivity by 750 percent over the past 60 years, the building industry has only been able to achieve a rise of 60 percent, not least of all because it is about 15 years behind other industries, the automotive industry for instance, in terms of digitalization.
Quite the contrary! This is how mistakes and redundancies happen, incurring avoidable costs. And what will occur in 15 years if the building is to be extended or walls are to be shifted? What data will then still be available? And how do you go about managing such a building of this size efficiently? The high costs of building are the topic of much discussion, however 80 percent of the costs incurred by a property are admin-istration-related, i.e. after the building has been built. End-to-end digital collaboration for more efficiency and cost control are more important now than ever before.
Seamless exchange of data
Building Information Modeling (BIM) pursues this aim. This method is used to design, implement and manage buildings and other construction and infrastructure projects more efficiently with the support of software. All relevant building data is digitally modeled, combined and documented. The building is also geometrically visualized as a virtual model. BIM has arrived in the building industry: for widespread use there are still hurdles to be overcome, but in many countries the legislative foundations are currently being put in place.
The Nemetschek Group goes even one step further: by using and enhancing open standards, digital workflows are optimized across various disciplines and teams. The so-called Open BIM approach supports communication and collaboration of all those involved in designing and implementing construction. The parties who benefit are not just architects, expert designers and building companies, but also investors, owners and operators of a property or infrastructure project. The design quality achieved using Open BIM results in high degrees of detail and information content at an early stage. This generates transparency and efficiency in the design and avoids unforeseen costs and time lost in the building phase.
Open BIM initiative as a driver
The Open BIM method enables open standards and end-to-end information processing to make it possible to design and build efficiently and seamlessl. Together with other providers, the Nemetschek Group supports the Open BIM initiative to ensure that this happens beyond the bounds of the software. The initiative was jointly created with buildingSMART, an international association. The participating partners from the AEC industry collaborate across disciplines and platforms.
Since data is seamlessly exchanged via defined i-terfaces, architects and expert designers can choose which software they want to work with. Access to BIM data is continuously ensured, and the design remains transparent, consistent and up to date at all times throughout the design and building stages as well as for the entire lifecycle of the building.
Using open standards, professional planning across various disciplines is ensured even before the ground-breaking ceremony takes place. With increasing networking and quality assurance before the actual building process, it is possible to avoid time- and cost-intensive mistakes. The Nemetschek Group has always stood behind this approach and advances the use of Open BIM.
Creative solutions to new challenges
The building industry is always on the lookout for creative solutions to new challenges. Building plans just keep getting bigger, faster-paced and more sustainable and complex. In China, for instance, a building with 57 stories was erected in just 19 days. An absolute first which involved experimenting with prefabrication and modularization – thrilling new options for a booming industry.
Entrepreneurs and innovation drivers under one roof
The steady push towards forward thinking, making the design, execution and management of buildings more efficient, and enabling collaboration between achitects, engineers, construction companies and facility managers has always driven entrepreneurs in the industry, among them Professor Georg Nemetschek, to develop technical innovations. The pioneers of the industry set the cornerstone for today’s use of BIM more than 50 years ago.
Back in the early 1960s, Professor Nemetschek recognized the relevance of digital design for architectural and civil engineering. He developed the first design software for architects and engineers, and as an innovator he had a front-row seat in a still very young industry. It took another 15 years for “computer-aided design” to establish itself in offices. These wee the firs steps towards digitalized design and management, and which was not yet known by the name of BIM. Many of the innovation drivers and entrepreneurs in the industry have come under the Nemetschek Group umbrella over the decades. They are highly specialized and concentrate on specific segments of the industry in oder to provide the best solutions. Belonging to a major corporate group provides the 15 subsidiaries with the backing and flexibility needed to act entepreneurially and keep close to the customer.
The fact that innovative thinking happens within the Group is confirmed by users and independent jurie time and again with awards for the various products in the lifecycle of a property. For instance, the Charles Perkins Centre building project (shown on the cover of the annual report), part of the campus of the University of Sydney in Camperdown, Australia, is award-worthy material. The two architect teams used ARCHICAD, a solution from the Nemetschek brand GRAPHISOFT, to design this complex project.
Firmly entrenched in universities
The Nemetschek Group aims to introduce today’s students and trainees to the new technologies at an early stage in their studies to ensure that future building projects will be implemented efficiently and sustainably. The corporate group has its roots in the university arena, where its software has been taught and used for decades. Cooperation projects with universities are therefore a fundamental part of the company and are a matter of course throughout the Group. Innovation can thus begin at a very early stage. Innovations not only solve customers’ challenges, they also provide them with a decisive competitive edge.
Close to the customer
The Nemetschek Group also focuses on what matters and has set itself the task of rising to the industry’s complex challenges and developing software solutions which customers can use to design, build and manage buildings better and more efficiently. While other global software companies address additional industries besides the AEC sector, the Nemetschek Group has achieved a unique position with its clear focus.
This focus can be found at all levels: from investments and acquisitions all the way to the selection of employees. Many of them are architects or engineers themselves. They know where the shoe pinches and what challenges architecture offices, building companies an facility managers face. The proximity to the customer is also maintained by close collaboration in product development and use – in beta programs, customer surveys, proposal programs and statistics on product use followed by close collaboration in training employees in the use of the developed product. This means that the solutions are always being adapted to suit the requirements of the target groups more precisely. Every brand within the Group acts independently without losing track of the Group’s comprehensive portfolio of services.
For the customer, the wide variety of brands means that the entire lifecycle of a building is covered: with 3D solutions for architecture, static engineering, building technology, quality control and collaboration, with 4D for scheduling and 5D for cost analysis. The portfolio is rounded with solutions for building management.
The Group is growing steadily with the addition of interesting providers that extend the offering further. Thus, in 2017, dRofus joined the Group as a leading provider of a BIM-based solution for design, data management and collaboration. dRofus considers the entire building lifecycle and supports workflows an processes. RISA, another new addition, has also established itself in the market with a clear focus as a leading provider of static engineering software in the USA. Customer benefit fom this focus on what matters: with solutions that are exactly tailored to their needs.
The structure of the Group is unique, and can be compared to that of the German SMEs. “German Mittelstand” is also a synonym internationally for successful small and medium-sized enterprises that have made Germany the hub of technology and innovation worldwide in many disciplines. These are businesses which last through generations. They rely on innovation and focus firmly on maintaining their position a global leaders in a special, often complex, discipline. This is precisely how the brands of the Nemetschek Group work. They are part of a solid corporate group, but at the same time act entrepreneurially, with close proximity to the customer and a strong focus on their segments. This is what makes them the best in their industry and ensures their growth.
Trust from customers and on the capital market
And the Nemetschek Group is growing, organically in the double digits, with innovative products and solutions that secure the workflow in the building process. Like the automotive industry 15 years ago, the building industry now has the technical and legal framework conditions to reestablish itself and become more efficient with the end-to-end use of softwae across various disciplines. The Nemetschek Group has been driving this development with foresight for years. Users prove this with their many years of loyalty to the brands and products, as do investors, as indicated by the positive course of the Nemetschek share over the past years.
Acting on the basis of values
Culture is based on values, and corporate culture on corporate values. The brands of the Nemetschek Group act individually and entrepreneurially, yet the code of values is consistent. The “Code of Conduct”, a universal code that describes the ethical and moral principles, and that protects and supports the personal rights of every employee exists for all brands. It makes no difference which of the 15 companies the person is employed in, whether as a customer support person, accountant or software developer. The code of conduct connects all brands and makes them part of a strong, solid corporate group.