David Bucher

Mr David Bucher


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Tel.: +41 44 633 65 10

ORCID: 0000-0002-1210-1066


ETH Zürich
David Bucher
Inst. Bau-&Infrastrukturmanagement
HIL  F 21.3
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich

Organisations Student / Programme Doctorate at D-BAUG
Research Field

In the upcoming era of distributed technological integration known as Web 3.0, the built environment will need to adapt. Solving the most significant social, environmental and economic challenges will require new approaches to data sharing and efficient data management. This will need to occur within organizations, across software tools, and between partners. However, today’s approach of data fragmentation and a scattered system of data islands prevent efficient data usage in the construction industry.


Emerging approaches to decentralization include collaboration platforms and data marketplaces. These approaches have the potential to use distributed technological integration to make construction data sets more consistent, efficient in use, and useable for all participants. However, there are few current examples of implementation, proof of concepts (POC), and case studies to date. As a result, there remains limited understanding about how web 3.0 concepts in construction, especially decentralized data marketplaces, can be deployed at scale.


The overarching goal of my research is therefore as follows: First, it should describe how the decentralized data marketplace can address challenges in today’s data management procedures and processes. Next, the thesis will demonstrate how these marketplaces, strictly following web 3.0 core concepts (e.g., decentralization), are of high relevance for enhancing the data foundation in the industry, leveraging effective data processing, and enabling a cross-phase multi-party data system for all participants.


With this vision in mind, my interests lie in various new technological concepts such as Decentralized Databases, Blockchain, semantic Web, and Linked Data and its application to the construction industry.


  • Web 3.0
  • Decentralized Data Marketplaces
  • Collaborative Platforms
  • Common Data Environment (CDE)
  • Linked Data
  • Blockchain
  • Decentralization in Construction
  • Industry 4.0
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

David Bucher finished his Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Civil Engineering in 2019, majoring in construction management and construction at ETH Zurich. In his master thesis, he investigated a possible customized implementation of a Common Data Environment (CDE) with an industry partner. Next to his studies, he worked as a working student in a global BIM team for a multi-national construction and construction services company in method development. He also gained practical experience as a BIM coordinator, responsible for visualizations, development of new tools and processes (Implenia AG). He joined the Chair of Innovative and Industrial Construction (IC) as a scientific assistant in September 2019.

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