DiCE Cluster

Digitalization for the Construction Industry

Our team

An international group of researchers from Engineering, Architecture and Conservation.


From applied research to knowledge transfer to the industry and advanced teaching.


Check our library of resources with some of the outcomes of our research.


DiCE is a research cluster within the wider research group ISISE/SC (cluster BIM@ISISE), in the scope of the Civil Engineering Department of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, in Guimaraes, Portugal. We identify ourselves as enthusiasts of digital processes with expertise in several aspects related to Construction in general.

Interdisciplinarity is a keyword for us, and we comprise a team mainly composed of Engineers and Architects. Amongst other focuses, we have a strong emphasis in processes in Building Information Modelling. One of our key endeavours is the European Master in Building Information Modelling BIM A+, that has been allowing us to strongly connect academia and industry. We lead and participate in several research projects at national and international level.

Fields of action

Building Information Modeling
Digital Building Permits
Product Data Templates
Linked Data in Construction
Blockchain and web 3.0
Construction 4.0
Digital twins
Extended reality
Facilty management
Smart Cities
Structural Analysis
Advanced multi-physics analysis

Our premises

We are located in the Advanced Postgraduate Training Center, in the Couros Campus of the University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal

A unique multicenter leading Erasmus Mundus Master in Building Information Modelling
Main Partners
Together with 39 associated partners from the academia and the industry

The Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE) is a R&D Research Centre created in 2007 involving the Civil Engineering Departments of University of Coimbra and University of Minho. The vision of ISISE is to increase the structural and functional performance of Civil Engineering Works, from a perspective of advanced technology, innovation and a knowledge based economy with a wide focus that ranges from materials to integral systems with a life cycle approach. ISISE currently comprises about 160 researchers, including a large number of PhD students. In 2014, ISISE was evaluated by FCT – the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and graded EXCELLENT.