Smart Building.

Smart Building.

Neighbourhoods, sites and buildings today have to be able to accommodate more varied and flexible forms of use in order to meet the needs of society. Thanks to the utilisation
of participatory procedures, the requirements of local residents, building occupants and other stakeholders (e.g. cantons, cities, municipalities) can now be taken into account at an early stage of the design process.

The boundaries between traditional building planning, construction and operation are becoming increasingly blurred. Digital technologies and methods are being employed throughout the entire property life cycle, whereby the common databases used here simplify communication between the parties involved. Such technologies increase transparency, allow better decisions to be made at earlier stages of planning and construction processes and provide valuable information for building operation and maintenance.

Thanks to networked sensors and intelligent software, smart buildings can be operated with automated systems in a manner that also conserves resources. Such buildings offer a high level of comfort, flexibility and safety. Digital platforms can be used to optimise building management processes and offer building users additional personalised services.


SBB plans, constructs and operates efficient buildings and transport hubs that interact with their users and can adapt to individual requirements.


  • SBB utilises an integrated interdisciplinary building modelling and automation approach that optimizes the planning, construction and operation of its properties.
  • SBB employs predictive and preventive maintenance through the use of building sensor systems.
  • SBB also offers various services and functional features via digital multi-service platforms.

The new reality: Building Information Modeling (BIM), Basel SBB station. 

SBB utilised a system known as Building Information Modelling (BIM) for its renewal of the west wing of Basel station. BIM digitally collects and networks all data on a building, which is depicted as a digital computer model that can be used to coordinate the requirements of various stakeholders, and for many other things as well.

BIM was used in Basel to optimise passenger traffic in the station and arrange advertising space in line with the provisions of laws governing historical monuments. The creation of a complete three-dimensional model of the Basel railway station building also made it possible to identify inaccuracies in the analogue plans and thus prevent delays during the renovation project. The relevance of BIM is not just limited to the planning and construction stages, as it will also serve as a valuable aid in building maintenance operations in future.