About conference

ECPPM 2020-2021 is the 13th European Conference on Product & Process Modelling, the flagship conference event of the European Association of Product and Process Modelling (EAPPM), with a long standing history of excellence in product and process modelling in building industry, which is currently known as building information modelling (BIM). For over 2years, the biannual ECPPM (European Conference on Product and Process Modelling) conference series, as the oldest BIM conference, has provided an unique platform for the presentation and discussion of the most recent advances with regard to the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) applications in the AEC/FM (Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management) domains.

The series of conferences was initiated by Prof. Raimar Scherer in 1994 as a joint initiative of several European research projects related to construction information technology. ECPPM was in fact the first conference focusing on BIM. Previous conferences were successfully held in 1994-2018.

Upcoming 13th ECPPM 2020-2021 conference brings together the academia, research, construction industry, software development community to the topic of information management in the building and construction industry. It will provide attendees with strategic knowledge on the achievements and trends in research, development, standardisation and industrial implementation of BIM technologies. Notwithstanding the constant and frequent spur of new information technologies, the product and process modeling remains fundamental and very important in facilitating ICT based solutions in the AEC/FM domains. Traditionally strong at ECPPM has been an overview of the EU research projects and the participation of European experts. In spite of its name, the conferences have been open and have attracted numerous researchers from overseas.

Previous conferences were successfully held in:

Previous conferences Year
Dresden, Germany 1994
Watford, England 1998
Lisbon, Portugal 2000
Portorož, Slovenia 2002
Istanbul, Turkey 2004
Valencia, Spain 2006
Nice, France 2008
Cork, Ireland 2010
Reykjavik, Iceland 2012
Vienna, Austria 2014
Limassol, Cyprus 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark 2018

Key dates

  1. The second Call: September 1, 2020
  2. Abstract Submission: September 15  September 22, 2020
  3. Abstract Acceptance Notification: October 1, 2020.
  4. Paper Submission: November 15, 2020.
  5. Paper Notification: December 1 December 7, 2020.
  6. Camera-Ready Paper Submission: January 7, 2021.

Conference topics

ECPPM 2020-2021 invites researchers, scientists and industry practitioners to submit papers addressing every aspect of product and process modelling technology and innovations in information and communication technologies for the building and construction industry in agreement with, but not limited to, the following main suggestive themes:

  • Information and Knowledge Management.
  • Semantic Web and Linked Data.
  • Communication and Collaboration Technologies.
  • Software Interoperability.
  • BIM Servers and Product Lifecycle Management Systems.
  • Digital Twins and Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Sensors and Internet of Things.
  • Big Data.
  • Artificial and Augmented Intelligence in AEC.
  • Construction Management.
  • 5D/nD Modelling and Planning.
  • Building Performance Simulation.
  • Contract, Cost and Risk Management.
  • Safety and Quality.
  • Sustainable Buildings and Urban Environments.
  • Smart Buildings and Cities.
  • BIM Standardization, Implementation and Adoption.
  • Regulatory and Legal Aspects.
  • BIM Education and Training.
  • Industrialized Production, Smart Products and Services.

All submitted papers will be reviewed by experts in the field based on the criteria of originality, significance, quality and clarity. All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of ECPPM 2020-2021 that will be published by EAPPM and CRC Press / Balkema. The proceedings will be submitted to the leading indexing services, including Thomson Reuters, Scopus, EI-Compendex, Google Scholar.

Programme Committee


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimar J. Scherer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimar J. Scherer is Senior Professor at the Institute of Construction Informatics at the Technical University Dresden responsible for the research. He was heading the Institute from 1994-2017. He has more than 3years of experience in construction IT, including 7 years as full professor for CAD/CAM and structural reliabilty at the University of Karlsruhe and several years of practice in the construction industry including ICT consultancy and a one-year stay at a world leading CAD provider. His research activities include the broad spectrum of construction ICT aspects. He has been involved in 2BIM related EU and 20 German research projects, out of which he co-ordinated 16. He is member of the multimodel group of ISO 21597 since 2017 and was member and vice chairperson of the building product model group in ISO 10303 from 1988 to 1999, the forerunner of IFC (ISO 16739). In 1994 he founded the first European BIM conference, the ECPPM. In 1999 he implemented the first BIM Server in Europe, based on the later standardized IFC building core model. He was founder and vice chairperson of the IFC-ST4 structural model group. He developed the simplified MVD/IDM method in 2012 and the multimodel method in 2014. In 2014 he received the ZUSE Medal, the annual highest Award for informatics in Germany.

Email: Raimar.Scherer@tu-dresden.de

Site: https://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_bauingenieurwesen/cib

Vice Chairperson

Prof. Dr.-Sc. Vitaly Semenov

Prof. Dr.-Sc. Vitaly Semenov is heading the Department of System Integration and Multi-Disciplinary Applied Systems at the Ivannikov’s Institute for System Programming of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 2015. His main research interests focus on model-driven software engineering methodologies and CASE toolkits for creating advanced digital platforms and integrated systems that meet the requirements of multi-functionality, multi-modality, scalability, interoperability, portability and deployment in heterogeneous environments. He has lead around 25 Russian and international R&D projects and has published 150 articles on fundamental topics of software engineering, data management, computer graphics, and operations research. He is a professor for computer science at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the Higher School of Economics both leading Russian State Universities. For more than 20 years he has been giving lectures on software visualization, information visualization, and scientific visualization. Emerging BIM technologies are of particular attention. From 2007 to 2017 he directed the development of 4D modeling and planning system at Synchro Software Ltd. He developed innovative methods for spatial-temporal project planning, near-optimal project scheduling, effective rendering of large pseudo-dynamic scenes, and semantic reconciliation of replicated data, which made it possible to provide competitive advantages of the system and successfully employ it in hundreds of complex construction projects and large infrastructure programs worldwide.

Email: sem@ispras.ru

Site: https://ispras.ru/en/

Steering Committee Members

Name Country Email Site
Robert Amor New Zealand trebor@cs.auckland.ac.nz https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~trebor
Ezio Arlati Italy ezio.arlati@polimi.it http://www.best.polimi.it
Vladimir Bazjanac Croatia bazjanac@stanford.edu https://cee.stanford.edu/people/vladimir-bazjanac
Jakob Beetz Germany j.beetz@caad.arch.rwth-aachen.de https://www.rwth-aachen.de/cms/root/Die-RWTH/Kontakt-Anreise/Kontakt/~bdfr/Mitarbeiter-CAMPUS-/?gguid=0x93F8D79F37FC1444A4D95E54D37DBF30
Adam Borkowski Poland bork.adam@gmail.com https://www.ippt.pan.pl/prv.php?user=abork
Michel Böhms Netherlands michel.bohms@tno.nl https://www.tno.nl/en/collaboration/find-a-tno-employee/?q=b%C3%B6hms
Jan Cervenka Czech Republic cervenka@cervenka.cz http://www.cervenka.cz/web/
Symeon Christodulou Cyprus schristo@ucy.ac.cy http://www.zturk.com/
Attila Dikbas Turkey hadikbas@medipol.edu.tr http://www.itu.edu.tr/
Djordje Djordjevic Serbia djordje.djordjevic@gaf.ni.ac.rs https://art.medipol.edu.tr/team/prof-dr-atilla-dikbas/
Boyan Georgiev Bulgarien boyangeo_far@uacg.bg https://www.uacg.bg/?p=110&l=2&id=21
Ricardo Gonçalves Portugal rg@uninova.pt http://www.uninova.pt
Gudni Gudnason Iceland gudni.g@nmi.is http://www.nmi.is/about-us/employees/gudni-gudnason/
Eilif Hjelseth Norway eilif.hjelseth@ntnu.no https://www.ntnu.edu/employees/eilif.hjelseth
Noemi Jimenez Redondo Spain noemi.jimenez@cemosa.es http://www.cemosa.es/
Jan Karlshøj Denmark jak@byg.dtu.dk https://www.byg.dtu.dk/
Peter Katranuschkov Germany peter.katranuschkov@tu-dresden.de https://tu-dresden.de/bu/bauingenieurwesen/cib
Tuomas Laine Finnland Tuomas.Laine@granlund.fi https://www.granlund.fi/
Ardeshir Mahdavi Austria amahdavi@tuwien.ac.at http://www.bpi.tuwien.ac.at/
Karsten Menzel Germany karsten.menzel1@tu-dresden.de https://tu-dresden.de/bu/bauingenieurwesen/cib/das-institut/beschaeftigte/professor-menzel
Sergey Morozov Russia serg@ispras.ru https://www.ispras.ru
Sergio Munoz Spain sergio.munoz@laurentia.es
Pieter Pauwels Belgium pipauwel.pauwels@ugent.be http://ugent.academia.edu/PieterPauwels
Byron Protopsaltis Greece bp@fides-dvp.de http://www.sofistik.gr/
Svetla Radeva Bulgaria svetla_ktp@abv.bg http://www.uacg.bg/
Yacine Rezgui UK rezguiy@cardiff.ac.uk https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/364461-rezgui-yacine
Dimitrios Rovas Greece rovas@dpem.tuc.gr http://solarcar.tuc.gr/
Ana-Maria Roxin France ana-maria.roxin@u-bourgogne.fr http://le2i.cnrs.fr/-Ana-Roxin-?lang=fr
Vaidotas Sarka Lithuania vaidotas.sarka@gmail.com https://www.vgtu.lt/fundamental-sciences/contacts/deparments-contacts/faculty-of-fundamental-sciences/department-of-engineering-graphics-/54660?dip=439
Sven Schapke Germany sven-eric.schapke@thinkproject.com https://www.thinkproject.com/de/home/
Ian Smith Switzerland ian.smith@epfl.ch http://imacwww.epfl.ch/imac/Team/Smith/ian_smith.jsp
Rasso Steinmann Germany steinmann@iabi.eu http://www.bauwesen.fh-muenchen.de/professoren/_profs/steinmann.htm
Ales Siroky Slovakia
Vänio Tarandi Sweden vaino.tarandi@abe.kth.se https://www.kth.se/profile/vaino/
Helga Tauscher Germany helga.tauscher@htw-dresden.de https://www.htw-dresden.de/
Ziga Turk Slovenia ziga.turk@gmail.com http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_bauingenieurwesen/cib
Alain Zarli France alain.zarli@cstb.fr; secretariat@ectp.org http://international.cstb.fr/; http://www.ectp.org/

Founding Members

Name Country Email Site
Raimar Scherer Germany Raimar.Scherer@tu-dresden.de http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_bauingenieurwesen/cib
Jeffry Wix UK
Patrice Poyet France
Godfried Augenbroe Netherlands godfried.augenbroe@coa.gatech.edu http://dcom.arch.gatech.edu/bt/augenbroe.htm

Key Speakers

Franz Baader

Professor Franz Baader

Franz Baader is full Professor for Theoretical Computer Science at TU Dresden (Germany) since 2002 and Director of the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science at TU Dresden since 2005. From 2012 to 201he was Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science of TU Dresden. He has received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in Computer Science from the University of Erlangen Nürnberg in 1989, and from 1989 to 1993 was Senior scientist and Project leader at the Germany Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken. From 1993 to 2002 he was professor for Theoretical Computer Science at RWTH Aachen.

His main research area is Logic in Computer Science, and there in particular Automated Deduction and Knowledge Representation. He and his research group have worked on Description Logics for 30 years, and have laid the the logical and algorithmic foundations for the Description Logics underlying OWL and the OWL 2 profile OWL 2 EL. Franz Baader is co-editor of the highly-cited Description Logic Handbook and co-author of the first textbook on Description Logics, both published by Cambridge University Press. He has published more than 250 research articles in international conferences and journals. He is a fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) since 2004 and a member of the Academia Europe since 2011.

Thomas Liebich

Dr. Thomas Liebich

Dr. Thomas Liebich holds a Diploma in Architecture and a PhD from the Bauhaus University Weimar. Over the last 1years he worked actively on development and introduction of digital methods in design and construction with focus on Building Information Modeling, in particular on open BIM.

Thomas is managing partner of AEC3 Deutschland GmbH, a consulting firm delivering dedicated services for specifying and applying building information modeling methods and interoperability for the participants of construction projects. He is consulting government agencies, owners, operators, contractors and general designers on using BIM for collaborative work, including business process improvement.

Another focus of his professional life is standardization. He is leading the buildingSMART International team for developing the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) since 1999. He is the convener of the ISO working group TC 59/SC 13/JWG 12 for data sharing in construction and of the European counterpart CEN/TC 442/WG 02 on Information Exchanges for BIM. In Germany he is the chairman of the DIN committee for BIM.

Major projects he carried out in his professional career include the world's first automatic code checking system in Singapore, the technical support for the first international architectural contest requiring openBIM - the National Museum in Oslo Norway, and the development of open BIM guidelines and validation process for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Germany. He is the co-author of the recent BIM Guide for Germany developed for the Federal Agency for Buildings, City Planning and Urban Affairs, contributed to the Road Map for Digital Design and Construction for the German Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure, BMVI, and is the co-lead for the scientific assessment of the first BIM pilots on infrastructure projects in Germany. He is part of the German BIM Consortia to support the BIM Roadmap 2020 and for the assessment of the 13 BIM pilots of Deutsche Bahn on behalf of BMVI.

He has been involved in many leading R&D projects, including the recent EU projects INTERLINK (object type library for road constructions). He consults the international IFC Rail project (China, France, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Finland) on data standards for railways (track, signal, communication and energy), including high-speed railways.

He also is involved in open BIM education and training activities, giving lectures at universities, and for professional associations.

Organizers & Partners


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Paper Submission

The submissions should contain original, high quality work, not submitted or published elsewhere. All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of ECPPM2020 that will be published by EAPPM and CRC Press / Balkema.

Abstracts (500 to 800 words; no figures) of proposed papers should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than the abstract submission date. Authors will be notified of acceptance by the Conference Editors. Final acceptance will be based upon review of the full-length paper which must be received before the corresponding conference deadline.

Abstracts and full-length papers should be submitted electronically (through the ECPPM2020 web site) in MS-WORD (.doc/.docx) format and should conform to EAPPM specifications (double-column, 12-point Times New Roman font size, 13 point line spacing, 6 - 8 pages). Full instructions and MS-Word templates can be found here.


Template for full papers

Template for abstracts

The camera-ready version of the full paper should be submitted via EasyChair by adding the file to your existing paper submission. Authors who have already sent it by e-mail don’t have to do anything.

Consent Form

The consent form for publication can be downloaded here. Please submit the signed consent form via EasyChair by adding the file to your existing paper submission. Authors who have already sent it by e-mail don’t have to do anything.

Submission Guidelines

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Ask questions here

You can contact us by email to ecppm@ispras.ru.

Vasily Shutkin,
ECPPM 2020-2021 secretary,

Vitaly Semenov,
ECPPM 2020-2021 vice chairperson,

Venue address

Moscow, Leninskiy prospect, 32A, the Main building of the RAS (not far from Moscow Metro station "Leninskiy prospect" and Moscow Central Circle station "Ploshchad Gagarina"). Read more


The Conference is held from 9:00 to 18:00 (with coffee breaks and lunch for guests and participants).