bauma announces Innovation Award finalists

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Bomag’s Ion Dust Shield is shortlisted for the components/digital systems segment of the award.

When bauma returns to Munich in April, the trade show will honour the best of future-focused innovations for the construction machinery industry.

The 15 finalists for the bauma Innovation Awards 2019 were announced at the bauma Media Dialogue held on Jan. 28 in Munich.

The dialogue was preceded by a two-round selection process during which the companies and institutes were chosen. The five winners will be honoured in Munich on April 7, the evening before bauma opens.

The bauma Innovation Awards will be presented for the 12th time in the categories Machine, Components/Digital Systems, Construction Process, Science/Research and Design.

A total of 138 nominations were submitted from around the world.

The jury will evaluate the entries on the basis of criteria that apply to the industry and its future. These criteria include questions like: How practical is a solution? Or how much economic potential does it have? According to bauma, digitalization played a key role, alongside environmental protection, sustainability, resource efficiency and humanization of jobs. The key criteria in the Design category are aesthetics and appearance or the link between form and function.

The competition is a joint project led by the German Engineering Federation, the Main Association of the German Construction Industry, the Central Association of the German Construction Industry, the German Association of Building Materials—Rock and Earth and bauma.

The nominees for the bauma Innovation Award are:


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The 370 EC-B fiber tower crane from Liebherr

370 EC-B fiber: The new 370 EC-B fiber tower crane from Liebherr features more load capacity, longer service life and easier handling. The crane is equipped with high-strength fibre rope, that is around one-fifth the weight of conventional steel rope, but has four times the lifespan and is easier to use. The soLITE high-tensile fibre rope has been developed over a period of 10 years by Liebherr and rope manufacturer Teufelberger. 

E-Power Pipe: Herrenknecht has developed a new method to quickly and securely install small-diameter cable protection pipes underground with drive lengths of more than one kilometre. Dubbed E-Power Pipe, Herrenknecht says the trenchless method of installing underground cables is more environmentally and financially friendly than the traditional open-cut process for high-voltage grid expansion.

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Wirtgen’s large milling machine with Mill Assist.

Milling machine with Mill Assist: For its large milling machine with Mill Assist, Wirtgen has implemented the first intelligent machine design in the new large milling machine, which is capable of autonomously meeting the operator’s performance and quality requirements. The entire milling process is simulated and optimized in real time based. This greatly reduces the operator’s workload while significantly improving machine performance and reducing diesel consumption, CO2 emissions, and noise.

Components/digital systems

Bomag’s Ion Dust Shield.

Ion Dust Shield:  Bomag’s Ion Dust Shield turns dust displacement into dust reduction for cold milling machines, and protects both the operator and the environment. Through the system, dust is transported through an electric field, charged positively, and attracted to the negatively charged housing. In the process, the particulate matter clumps together permanently to form less dangerous coarse dust.

DokaXact:  DokaXact by Doka is an inteeractive sensor-based system that supports surveyors and site crews as they quickly position and align wall formwork for automatic climbing systems. The process utilizes a measuring system that is attached to defined points on the formwork and communicates wirelessly with a central processing unit.

Pave-TM:  Moba’s Pave-TM Layer Thickness Measurement system continuously displays the current thickness of paving. In conjunction with four ultrasound sensors, the thickness of the layer is detected contact-free and is displayed in real-time on the GDC-320 colour display, helping to reduce costs and labour.

Construction Process

Stuttgart underground station

Directorate Stuttgart:  At the chandelier supports for the Stuttgart underground station, Ed. Züblin AG sets new standards in building construction and civil engineering. Innovative processes and digital processes work together in such a way that existing limits of construction have been extended. Züblin Timber’s complex free-form formwork makes it possible to implement new architecture.

b-project: Bauer’s b-project software enables the digital collection, linking and evaluation of all relevant data that is generated during the execution of a construction project. By providing evaluations for process control, process optimization and billing, b-project will be able to digitally capture and display nearly the entire construction site workflow.

Worldwide mobile manufacturing:  The hybrid towers of Max Bögl Wind AG are known for their high hub heights and contribute to the efficient generation of electricity through wind power. Thanks to mobile manufacturing, the production of concrete segments is possible almost anywhere in the world.


Conti-E: With reduced overall costs, raw materials are used more sustainably by Conti-E Pulse crushing and the environmental impact of raw material production is reduced. Even smaller or more complex mineral deposits such as indium, tungsten, germanium that were not previously viable economically may be developed in an environmentally friendly manner and used sustainably. Conti-E was created by the Technical Mining Academy of Freiberg, Institute for Mineral Processing Machines.

Construction site 4.0:  Developed at the Technical University of Munich, Construction site 4.0 uses augmented reality and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to bring new holographic technology to the construction site. By using BIM data, which is displayed at the real construction site as 3D models using augmented reality goggles, allows operators or construction site planners to get all the relevant construction site information at a glance.

DefAhS:  Through the DefAhS attachment, two different methods are combined to create a one-of-a-kind machining tool: the removal mechanisms for crushing concrete and the cutting mechanisms for cutting metal. The attachment was designed by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology for the removal of reinforced concrete.


The Mecalac TV1200.

Mecalac TV1200:  For the TV1200 tandem vibrating compaction roller, Mecalac removed the roller’s steering column, changing the access and driving style of this type of machine. The new concept is driven exclusively with a joystick on the right console, improving driver comfort, view and safety.

INTUSI: INTUSI (INTeractive USer Interface) connects Liebherr construction machinery and material handlers to the Internet of things (IoT). AS well, it combines an intelligent operating logic with machine intelligence. With INTUSI, Liebherr has created a completely new, modern control environment.

Tracto-Technik:  For the latest generation of these Grundodrill HDD rigs, a special new design has been developed to reflect the Tracto-Technik brand. The design of the HDD system drill from Tracto-Technik features a high-tech operator cabin with large panoramic windows providing an ideal overview of HDD rig and the jobsite. As well, the rig, which makes its world premiere at bauma, has a reduced space requirement.