Since 2017, WSA and Umdasch Group have joined together to find the most innovative solutions for their global companies and have now continued the successful collaboration in 2021!


DOKA – The Formwork Experts CALLS FOR IDEAS


Doka is on the lookout for digital solutions for construction companies that make workflows more efficient, simplify material handling and make the construction site safer.


Send in your application until November 7th 2021 and take part in the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2022! More about the call for ideas and timeline:


Doka clients are construction companies responsible for the largest and most complex construction sites in the world. Thousands of players who need to work together precisely to perfection. Three things are crucial in tough everyday construction site situations: Efficiency, safety and handling of material. Doka is taking up this challenge to continue to their further development and are looking for your ideas/solutions.


What should you consider when applying?


Submit your innovative ideas on digitalization in shell construction! Your idea is particularly relevant to Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2022 if it falls into one of these areas.

  • Process optimization
  • Automation
  • Material management
  • Field data
  • Smart products
  • Quality control and documentation
  • Safety


Present tangible benefits in a convincing way for Doka`s customers: construction companies in shell construction. Please give us also more details about the product stage of your idea/solution. Doka`s interest is to understand how your idea/solution can find an application in shell construction even when it was intended for a different sector.


What are we already doing in terms of digitalization?


Under the claim of upbeat construction - digital services for higher productivity, Doka has a focus on digital solutions and offers numerous services and applications, which aim to boost productivity on construction sites. Generating added value for our customers and optimizing the construction process in general is of utmost importance for us. Our services range from the planning phase to building operations and analysis of construction workflows.


About Doka


Doka is a world leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing formwork technology for use in all fields of the construction sector. With more than 160 sales and logistics facilities in over 60 countries, the Doka Group has a highly efficient distribution network, which ensures that equipment and technical support are provided swiftly and professionally. As a part of the family owned Umdasch Group with a history of more than 150 years, Doka employs more than 7,300 people worldwide.




Romanian start-up SecurifAI impresses with its technological solution


The team around co-founder and CTO Radu Ionescu has developed a software that is able to detect abnormalities via camera. The start-up impressed the experts with its exceptionally advanced technology (Deep Learning).


The Romanian team also earned points by capturing the jury's imagination with regard to the wide range of possible applications for the companies of Umdasch Group. For example, the software recognises whether everyone on a construction site is wearing a helmet and safety equipment.



SecurifAI , Winner of Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2021.




More on last year’s event and the winning idea on the website.



Since 2017, WSA and Umdasch Group have joined together to find the most innovative solutions for their global companies. The winners of past years are currently working with the companies on the realisation of their prize-winning ideas.



WSA and Umdasch Group have continued the successful collaboration in 2021. The Umdasch Group subsidiary Umdasch Group Ventures – the youngest of the three subsidiaries – was looking for innovative ideas, disruptive technologies or new use cases for artificial intelligence or computer vision. Submissions addressed brick and mortar retail, construction and the building life cycle.