Weimar, Germany

Forecast Engineering

when 17 August 2024 - 31 August 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 890

In our two week intensive course »Forecast Engineering«, you will focus on the proficient handling of complex engineering tasks, using modern tools and finding their scientific positioning in existing interdisciplinary projects. A comprehensive grasp of special topics in civil engineering as well as the development of solutions by using modern methods and tools are some of the core aims of this course.

You will explore the current developments in structural engineering, aiming to create a realistic digital simulation (digital twin) in which the real behaviour of structure can be mirrored. The planning of these creations is based on static, but increasingly also on dynamic calculations – especially in the case of extreme loads. In addition to the traditional force-based approaches, the experience and observations on the deformation behaviour of individual components and the overall structure under different conditions allows for the introduction of new design and evaluation criteria.

During the two weeks, the transfer of real existing buildings into different basic structural models will be discussed, comparing their robustness with respect to increasing abstractness and reduced dimensionality. In addition, the estimation of reaction properties under dynamic load and certain interaction effects will be addressed. You are going to and improve skills for visualising structural systems and validating the created models. You will learn how to use state-of-the-art design, analysis, and simulation methods as well as innovative technologies such as VR visualisation tools.

We want to provide you with insights into current research projects and international development trends. Therefore, we have invited international experts from partner universities and recognised research institutions to share their knowledge with you during impulse lectures. For an interesting glimpse into the engineering work on-site, the course furthermore includes excursions to building sites and/or leading companies.

In addition to the class programme, we have prepared a varied social programme for you: Meet participants from all over the world during our gaming night, the international food evening, at a joint free visit to the cinema, on a trip to Berlin or Leipzig or when diving into the vast cultural options that Weimar has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Course leader

Dr.-Ing. Lars Abrahamczyk

Target group

Young scientists, master students and doctoral candidates in the various fields of civil and structural engineering or any other equivalent courses of study.

Prerequisite for participation, in addition to adequate English skills, are the submission of a meaningful motivation letter and an abstract with respect to current personal scientific activity which mediates the interest or the ability to enhance the project theme

Course aim

The special character of this course is in the combination of basic disciplines of structural engineering with applied research projects in the areas of steel and reinforced concrete structures, earthquake engineering, geotechnics as well as informatics and linking them to mathematical methods and modern tools of visualization. The broad spectrum of civil/structural engineering in the field of virtualization, visualization, simulation and validation is emphasized here.

The modular structure of the course allows to link projects into subtasks and to present complex relationships in subproblems. The topics of the projects include:

• Methods of non-destructive testing, tomography, signal processing and interpretation;
• Automated condition assessment by aerial image interpretation with in-depth learning;
• Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in civil engineering;
• Numerical analyses of the stability of load-bearing structures;
• Assessment of the load-bearing behaviour of reinforced concrete frames with masonry infill under exceptional horizontal loads;
• Use of polymer-modified concretes for innovative refurbishment solutions.

The focus here is on structures under extreme conditions, which are increasingly coming to the fore due to current events and climatic consequences and to anticipate the future requirements.

Fee info

EUR 890: The course fee includes:

Orientation day
Programme according to description
Teaching materials
Bauhaus Summer School ID card and a Welcome package
Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday - Friday)
Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Free use of library
Accompanying programme
Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Welcome dinner/BBQ
EUR 690: Students and BUW alumni