Prof. Dr. Niels Bartels

Dr.-Ing.
Prof. Dr. Niels Bartels

Campus Deutz
Betzdorfer Straße 2
50679 Köln
Mailing address


  • Phone: +49 221-8275-4118

Office hours

Winter term 2023
Monday, 11:30 to 12:30
Campus Deutz, Betzdorfer Str. 2, Altbau, Room 218f
Please write a short mail in advance if you would like to attend the consultation hour

Teaching disciplines

  • Digital Design and Construction
  • Lifecycle Engineering

Research fields

  • Smart Building and Digital Twins
  • Data exchange across the life cycle
  • BIM and Sustainable Construction
  • Metaverse for Architecture, Engineering, Constuction and Operation
  • Optimization of engineering processes for municipal building automation based on standardized system types and information models (OptGA4.0)
    Currently, engineering processes in building technology with regard to planning, construction, commissioning and operation are characterized by high manual effort, low performance and many disruptions with a high loss of information between the process phases. This leads to considerable quality deficits in the construction and operation of technical building equipment . During operation, there are deficits in the implementation of automation functions and in facility management (FM), which leads to suboptimal operating processes and unnecessary energy consumption. The fundamental aim of the research project is to develop an information model that describes the information management of technical building equipment (TBE) in building services applications in a standardized, lifecycle-consistent and machine-readable manner. On this basis, TBE types are semantically defined, taking existing descriptions into account. The focus of this information technology standardization is on the use cases of process management, quality assurance of automation functions and FM. The TBE systems, which are usually described semantically inconsistently in practice, are mapped to the developed information standard by AI applications, so that a homogeneous language space (syntax and semantics) is created as the basis for the implementation of rule-based automatisms. This forms the basis for the development of SelfX-FM applications, e.g. asset and energy monitoring, which avoid manual effort for information engineering during initial setup and over the life cycle. SelfX is understood here as the ability of systems to explore their environment independently and to realize automated, i.e. engineering-free, interactions with other systems. Project partners: Gebäudewirtschaft der Stadt Köln, Schulbau Hamburg, Kieback&Peter, VDI, buildingSmart, VDMA - Fachverband Automation+Management für Haus+Gebäude, AMEV, eTASK, Faculty for Architecture and Civil Engineering University of Wuppertal Funding by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research - FH-Kooperativ Duration: 01.01.2024 to 31.12.2027.
  • Integration of metaverse into the teaching of civil engineering
    The teaching research project investigates the influence of the metaverse on teaching in the field of civil engineering. To this end, elements of the metaverse were integrated and evaluated as teaching support in various modules. The results show that the metaverse can contribute to an optimization of learning outcomes. Funded via TransferING, duration: 2023-2024
  • Bartels, Niels; Höper, Jannick; Theißen, Sebastian; Wimmer, Reinhard (2023): Application of the BIM Method in Sustainable Construction : Status Quo of Potential Applications in Practice. Cham: Springer International Publishing (Springer essentials).
  • Bartels, Niels; Eilers, Maike; Pütz, Carla; Meins-Becker, Anica (2023): IFC-basierte Verknüpfung von Risikoinformationen mit einem Bauwerksdatenmodell. In: Bauingenieur. Vol. 98, S. 28 - 35. (peer-reviewed)
  • Wimmer, Reinhard; Bartels, Niels; Maile, Tobias (2023): Hochschulübergreifende Ausbildung in der Big-Open-BIM Welt : Neue Professuren für Digitales Planen und Bauen. In: bsD+ : Das Magazin von buildingSMART Deutschland. (Open Access)
  • Maile, Tobias; Bartels, Niels; Wimmer, Reinhard (2023): Integrated Life-Cycle Orientated Teaching of the Big-Open-BIM Method. In: Proceedings of the 2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction and the 40th International CIB W78 Conference. 2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction 40th International CIB W78 Conference ; Heraklion ; 10.07-12.07.2023. (peer-reviewed/Open Access)
  • Bartels, Niels; Pleuser, Josephine; Schroeder, Timo (2023): Life Cycle-Oriented Decision Making Based on Data-Driven Building Models. In: Proceedings of the 40th ISARC, Chennai, India. 40th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction ; Chennai, India ; 05.07.-07.07.2023., S. 714 - 721. (peer-reviewed/Open Access)
  • Bartels, Niels; Wills, Nadine (2023): Integration of Dynamic Facility Management Data in a Digital Building Model by Using the Building Information Modeling Method. In: ICEDM 2023 : III. International Conference on Real Estate Developmenet and Management. III.International Conference on Real Estate Development and Management; Ankara, Turkey; 01.02-04.02.2023., S. 88. (peer-reviewed)
  • Bartels, Niels; Hahne, Kristina (2023): Teaching Building Information Modeling in the Metaverse—An Approach Based on Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of the Students Perspective. In: Buildings: open access journal. Vol. 13. (peer-reviewed/Open Access)
  • Bartels, Niels; Wills, Nadine (2023): In the Context of Digital Transformation: An Analysis of Future Requirements for the FM Labour Market. In: Proceedings of the 22nd EuroFM Research Symposium. EuroFM Research Symposium 2023; Istanbul, Türkiye; 09 - 11 November 2023., S. 35 - 48. (Open Access)
  • Wills, Nadine; Bartels, Niels (2023): A Technology-Based Facility Management (FM) Approach: Addressing the Challenges of Future FM. In: Proceedings of the 22nd EuroFM Research Symposium. EuroFM Research Symposium 2023; Istanbul, Türkiye; 09 - 11 November 2023., S. 22 - 34. (Open Access)
  • Bartels, Niels; Wimmer, Reinhard (2023): BIM von A bis Z etablieren, inklusive „Tuning“-Maßnahmen : Teil 1: AIA und BAP. In: TAB : das Fachmedium der TGA-Branche. Vol. 54, S. 32 - 37.
  • Bartels, Niels; Nöldgen, Markus (2023): Digitale Lehre im Bauingenieurwesen als Schlüssel für den Berufserfolg. In: Karrierestart Young Professionals Bauingenieurwesen., S. 170 - 173. (Open Access)
  • Wills, Nadine; Bartels, Niels (2022): On the Applicability of Open Standard Exchange Formats for Demand-Oriented Facility Management (FM) Service Delivery in the Context of the Cross-Lifecycle Building Information Modeling (BIM) Method. In: Journal für Facility Management : Wissenschaft trifft Praxis., S. 26 - 40. (peer-reviewed/Open Access)
  • Bartels, Niels; Höper, Jannick; Theißen, Sebastian; Wimmer, Reinhard (2022): Anwendung der BIM-Methode im nachhaltigen Bauen : Status quo von Einsatzmöglichkeiten in der Praxis. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden (essentials).
  • Bartels, Niels; Eilers, Maike; Pütz, Carla; Meins-Becker, Anica (2022): IFC-Based Linking of the Risk Management Process Using a Building Data Model. In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. Vol. 1101. (peer-reviewed/Open Access)
  • Bartels, Niels; Weilandt, Gerhard (2021): Erfolgsfaktor für Smart Buildings : Lebenszyklusorientierter Ansatz und durchgängige Nutzung von Daten. In: Deutsches Ingenieur-Blatt., S. 54 - 57.
  • Bartels, Niels; Weilandt, Gerhard (2021): Umsetzung von New Work Konzepten mit Smart Building : Smarte Unterstützung für neue Konzepte und Flächeneffizienz. In: Bauen+. Vol. 7, S. 40 - 42.
  • Wills, Nadine; Bartels, Niels (2021): Bedarfsorientierte FM-Leistungserbringung im Rahmen der lebenszyklusübergreifenden BIM-Methode und IFC. In: 32. Forum Bauinformatik 2021. 32. Forum Bauinformatik 2021; Darmstadt, Germany; 09.09.-10.09.2021., S. 207 - 215. (Open Access)
  • Bartels, Niels; Lutter, Anna (2021): Mittendrin im Gebäudelebenszyklus : Customer Journey: Mehr als Analyse der Prozesse, Methoden und Werkzeuge des Unternehmens. In: Facility-Management. Vol. 27, S. 12 - 14.
  • Bartels, Niels; Weilandt, Gerhard (2021): Preismodelle im Smart Building : Use Cases, Erfahrungen & Austausch. In: REAL PropTech 2020/21. REAL PropTech 2020; online; 10.09.-11.09.2020., S. 131 - 133.
  • Bartels, Niels (2020): Strukturmodell zum Datenaustausch im Facility Management. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden (Baubetriebswesen und Bauverfahrenstechnik).
  • Bartels, Niels; Weilandt, Gerhard (2020): Digitale Vernetzung von Gebäuden : Smart Building als Erfolgsfaktor. In: Build-Ing.: digitales Planen, Bauen und Betreiben., S. 34 - 39.
  • Bartels, Niels (2020): BIM-Objekte für die TGA. In: Gebäudedigital : Elektroinstallation und Gebäudetechnik im 21. Jahrhundert.
  • Bartels, Niels; Otto, Jens; Aengenvoort, Klaus (2019): So verändert BIM das FM : Property Sets für den immobilienbezogenen FM-Datenaustausch. In: Facility-Management. Vol. 25, S. 50 - 54.
  • Otto, Jens; Bartels, Niels (2018): Integration von FM-Prozessdaten in ein digitales Gebäudemodell. In: Bautechnik : Zeitschrift für den gesamten Ingenieurbau. Vol. 95, S. 823 - 831. (peer-reviewed)
  • Smart Buildings in the buildings' lifecycle
    Summit4builders, Munich
    22.11.2022
  • Status Quo BIM & Sustainability
    BIM Next Forum 2023, Cologne
    23.11.2023
  • Integration of dynamic facility management data in a digital building model by using the building information modeling method
    International Conference on Real Estate Development and Management (ICREDM) 2023, Ankara
    02.02.2023
  • BIM and Lifecycle Analysis - Status Quo and future challenges
    VDI-Conference BIM and HVAC, Düsseldorf
    24.05.2023
  • Life cycle-oriented decision making based on data-driven building models
    40th International Symposium for Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), Chennai
    04.07.2023-07.07.2023
  • Integrated life-cycle orientated teaching of the Big-open-BIM method
    2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction / 40th International CIB 078Conference, Crete
    10.06.2023-12.06.2023
  • Project-based learning in Civil Engineering
    TURN Conference 2023, Cologne
    13.09.-15.09.2023
  • Digital technologies as the key to circular value creation
    Ringvorlesung FH Münster
    11.10.2023
  • Bim in practice
    16. Europäischer Kongress (EBH) - Effizientes Bauen mit Holz im urbanen Raum
    17.10.2023
  • A Technology-Based Facility Management (FM) Approach: Addressing the Challenges of Future FM
    28th EuroFM Facility Management Conference & 22nd EuroFM Research Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey
    09.11.2023
  • In the context of digital transformation: an analysis of future requirements for the FM labour market
    28th EuroFM Facility Management Conference & 22nd EuroFM Research Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey
    09.11.2023
  • Implementation of the metaverse in Teaching Digital Construction
    Night of the Scholars 2023, Aachen
    13.11.2023
  • BIM NEXT FORUM 2023
    22.11.2023

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