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“Built on IT” competition: ZÜBLIN presents special prize for 4th time

Press release   •   Feb 21, 2018 18:11 CET

: Michael Fritz, German Association for Construction Software; Dr. Wolfgang Scheremet, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs; prize winner Josephus Meulenkamp and Klaus Pöllath, ZÜBLIN (copyright
  • Recognition of ideas and solutions by young talents with regard to the digitalisation of the construction sector
  • ZÜBLIN special prize is awarded to the master thesis “Verification of model-based project information for facility management” by JosephusMeulenkamp

The prizes for the “Built on IT” competition were awarded at a special ceremony held during the bautec trade fair for building and construction technology in Berlin. This year’s annual prize contest, sponsored by RKW Centre for Productivity and Innovation, had as its theme: “Innovation in the construction industry – Profiting from new ideas and shaping the future”. Ed. Züblin AG, the number one in building construction and civil engineering in Germany, premium sponsor of the prize and member of the prize jury, for the fourth time also awarded a special prize. Klaus Pöllath of the Ed. Züblin AG management board personally presented the prize to the winner, Josephus Meulenkamp of the Technical University of Munich.

Meulenkamp had two reasons to celebrate: Not only did he receive the special ZÜBLIN prize for his master thesis, he also secured himself first place in the architecture category. The jury particularly acknowledged his extensive treatise on the topic of verifying model-based project information for facility management. In addition to Meulenkamp’s very realistic concept, the jury also praised the prototypical realisation and high practical relevance of his work. The proof-of-concept with usage examples was met by an especially positive response.

The “Built on IT” award is presented to outstanding IT solutions for the digitalisation of the construction industry. The contest is intended as an opportunity for apprentices and trainees, students, graduates and young professionals to contribute their concepts and ideas to shaping the future of the construction industry. The prizes comprise twelve cash awards with a total value of € 20,000 as well as attractive non-cash winnings. The categories were: architecture, civil engineering, construction management and the commercial-technical field.

Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG has about 14,000 employees and, with an annual output of over € 3 billion, is one of Germany’s leading construction companies. Since it was founded in 1898, ZÜBLIN has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad and is the number one in the German building construction and civil engineering segment. The company’s range of services comprises all construction-related tasks – from civil engineering, bridge building and tunnelling to complex turnkey construction to construction logistics, structural timber engineering and public-private partnerships. ZÜBLIN attaches great importance to partnership-based cooperation, and our ZÜBLIN teamconcept has proved its value as a successful partnering model for about 20 years now. Current construction projects of the company, a subsidiary of globally operating STRABAG SE, include the new Axel Springer building in Berlin, Messehalle 12 in Frankfurt and the Albabstieg Tunnel along the new Wendlingen–Ulm railway line. More information is available at

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