Digital Innovation Hubs


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BBRI Cluster BIM

Hub Information

Hub Name
BBRI Cluster BIM
Local Name
WTCB CLUSTER BIM (Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf CLUSTER BIM)
Evolutionary Stage
In preparation
Geographical Scope


BBRI Cluster BIM regroups some 70 companies aiming to solve problems to allow a better digital collaboration, to create new digital technological and business opportunities and to follow up and to influence what is digitally happening internationally. CLUSTER BIM is financed by the participating companies, by the Flemish authorities (VLAIO) and by BBRI. BBRI is a private research company owned by the contractors in Belgium (

WTCB Cluster BIM groepeert circa 70 bedrijven met als doel problemen op te lossen die de digitale samenwerking actueel bemoeilijken, om nieuwe digitale technologische en zakelijke opportuniteiten te creëren en om internationale digitale "acties" op te volgen en te beïnvloeden. CLUSTER BIM wordt gefinancierd door de deelnemende bedrijven, door de Vlaamse Overheid (VLAIO) en door het WTCB. Het WTCB is een privaat research bedrijf dat eigendom is van de Belgische aannemers (

Contact Data

BBRI (Belgian Building Research Institute)
Year Established
Lozenberg 7, B-1932, Sint-Stevens-Woluwe (Belgium)
Contact information
Bart Ingelaere
+32 478 50 25 84


Organizational form
Other (describe)
Number of employees


  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Logistics

In most countries, the introduction of BIM and the digital innovation of construction is a top down approach with the national state generating and controlling the digital evolution in the construction industry. The approach here is a bottom up approach with industry agreeing and generating initiatives, handing results over to the BBRI Technical Committee of BIM & ICT. As this Committe has the moral authority in Belgian construction industry, it can and does translate these results in standards and best practices and introduces all of this towards the whole country.

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Belgian national initiative for digitising industry, MADE DIFFERENT – Factories of the future.

Market and Services


  • Construction
  • Real estate, renting and business activities
  • Education

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development


  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships


Number of customers annually
Type of customers
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • Partners

    Last updated: 02/09/18 12:56