Information Systems in the Built Environment

  • Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Built Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven



Introductie / missie

The ISBE Group carries out research and education in the field of information systems used for the engineering and management of the built environment, into which they are embedded.

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New ICT methods and techniques in the context of building sciences and urban sciences.

Over de organisatie

According to the United Nations, 60% of the world population will live in urban areas in 2030.The main challenges for the built environment are the rapid increase of people living in cities, the depletion of natural resources and climate change. Therefore, smart solutions, based on ICT and data are needed to manage buildings, public spaces and the overall city. Because waste material is not accepted anymore, ICT is needed to trace building components and material over lifetime. Finally, energy consumption by people needs to be controlled, using ICT to influence their behavior. In the ISBE group we make connection between technology, people and built environment where computing science is linked with behavioral science. BIG data from building/city models are combined with data from sensors and questionnaires to draw conclusions on the quality of the built environment. Information systems are developed to enable informed decisions for the engineering and management of the built environment.

Key research and education topics, with a special focus on smart cities, are:

  • Urban management
  • Building information management
  • Energy neutral cities

The ISBE group is internationally recognized for bridging the gap between ICT and Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation (AECO) management.

Staff members’ backgrounds range from architecture, engineering and computational science to social sciences. The ISBE group distinguishes itself from other information systems groups by being embedded in a department of the Built Environment. The group’s focus is not so much on the computational aspects of ICT, but on its application and implementation in the built environment.

Members of the Information Systems group are active in international organizations such as CAAD Futures, eCAADe, and CIB W78. The group has organized and hosted CIB-W78 2015, EG-ICE workshops, CAAD Futures 2001, DRN 2005, 2000, and 1995, DEN 1997, eCAADe 1993.

The ISBE research group participates in the DDSS (Design and Decision Support Systems) research program together with the research groups Urban Planning, and Real Estate Management and Development. Several ISBE group members hold positions in the TU/e Smart Cities Program, a cross-departmental collaboration promoting research in living labs on the topic of smart cities. Furthermore, ISBE members participate in various EU or national funded projects.

Recent research projects:

  • CRUNCH (EU-H2020, REF. 730254) on the development of food, energy, water proof solutions to strengthen urban resilience (2018-2020, EUR 1.8 M).
  • UNALAB (EU-H2020, REF. 730052-2) on the implementation of nature bases solution in cities for mitigation of climate changes (2017-2022, EUR 1.4M)
  • ROCK (EU-H2020, REF. 730280-2) on the implementation of technological, social and organizational innovations for transforming cultural heritage areas into Creative and
  • Sustainable Districts (2017-2020, EUR 10.5M)
  • CLIC (EU-H2020, REF. 776758) on the development of evaluation tools to test, implement, validate and share innovative "circular" models for systemic adaptive reuse of cultural heritage (2017-2020, EUR 4.9M)
  • Triangulum (EU-H2020, REF.  646578) on the implementation of smart cities and communities (2015-2020, EUR 6.4M)
  • DESENT (EU-SURF, REF. 5637396) on the development, testing and dissemination an integrated decision support system for smart grid (2016-2019 EUR 1.4M).
  • iLocate (EU-FP7, REF. 621040) on the development of  outdoor and indoor navigation system (2014-2016, EUR 4.7M)
  • DuraArc (EU-FP7, REF. 600908) on the archiving of building information (2013-2016, EUR 3.7M)

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Projecten 2015 2020

De invloed van het stadsontwerp op de beleving en gevoelens van burgers

Weijs - Perrée, M., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Dane, G. & Sartorius - ter Haar, M.


Project: Onderzoek direct

ROCK - Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities

Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Dane, G., van der Avoird, M., Dane, G., Kruizinga, M. & Ettefagh, T.


Project: Onderzoek direct


de Vries, B., de Vries, B., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Yang, D., van der Avoird, M. & Kruizinga, M.


Project: Onderzoek direct

Onderzoeksoutput 1970 2020

1 Citaat (Scopus)

Route choice decisions of e-bike users: analysis of GPS tracking data in the Netherlands

Dane, G., Feng, T., Luub, F. & Arentze, T., 2020, Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Kyriakidis, P., Hadjimitsis, D., Skarlatos, D. & Mansourian, A. (redactie). Springer, blz. 109-124 17 blz. 7. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureHoofdstukAcademicpeer review

Global positioning system

The influence of road design aspects on human drivers behavioural adaptation when driving next to a platoon of automated vehicles on a dedicated lane on a highway in the Netherlands

Schoenmakers, M. J., Yang, D., Farah, H. & Alkim, T., 2020, (In voorbereiding) 6th international Symposium on Highway Geometric Design .

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageProfessioneel

A BIM-based building circularity calculation approach

Zhang, N., 17 sep 2019, (Niet gepubliceerd)

Onderzoeksoutput: Andere bijdrageOverige bijdrageAndere onderzoeksoutput

Construction industry
Environmental impact


Best PhD Paper Award in 10th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling

Chi Zhang (Ontvanger), 19 sep 2014

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Best PhD Paper Award in 11th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling

Chi Zhang (Ontvanger), 7 sep 2016

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Energy and Buildings - Best research paper 2008-2017

Pieter-Jan Hoes (Ontvanger), Jan Hensen (Ontvanger), Marcel Loomans (Ontvanger), Bauke de Vries (Ontvanger) & D. Bourgeois (Ontvanger), 9 jan 2019

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk


Activiteiten 1997 2019

Circularity assessment using BIM

Bauke de Vries (Spreker)
9 okt 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk

36th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe 2018)

Bauke de Vries (Organisator)
19 sep 201921 sep 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementCongresWetenschappelijk

EU H2020 project: BIM-Speed (Externe organisatie)

Bauke de Vries (Voorzitter)
18 sep 201918 sep 2025

Activiteit: Types lidmaatschapLidmaatschap van commissieWetenschappelijk


Instrumenten voor klimaatbestendige steden

Bauke de Vries


1 mediabijdrage

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Digitalisering in de bouw- en maakindustrie: voorbeeldprojecten zijn hard nodig

Bauke de Vries


1 mediabijdrage

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Physics World. Smart Cities, the Dutch approach

Bauke de Vries


1 mediabijdrage

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


A BIM-integrated approach to construction quality management: enabling information and knowledge management during the execution phase of a project life cycle

Auteur: Achkar, E., 31 jan 2017

Begeleider: de Vries, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Beetz, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Krijnen, T. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & van de Koppel, W. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A GIS-based tool to gain detailed insight into human health vulnerability to heatwaves in Dutch urban areas

Auteur: Verputten, T., 29 mrt 2019

Begeleider: de Vries, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van der Waerden, P. (Afstudeerdocent 2), den Ouden, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Postmes, L. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A GIS-based tool to support housing associations in the transition towards a district-heating network

Auteur: Peters, M., 27 feb 2018

Begeleider: de Vries, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van der Waerden, P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Borgers, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Groenen, L. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master