Bauhaus Summer School 2018

Forecast Engineering - From past design to future decisions

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar presents special topics of Structural Engineering to highlight the broad spectrum of Civil and Structural Engineering in the field of modelling and simulation. Through a demanding series of lectures, seminars and project work this course seeks to impart knowledge and combine modern research with a practical context. Discussions and exchange of ideas with professors and other participants will enhance your personal experience. Additionally the course offers excursions to building sites and leading companies as well as a diverse cultural programme in Weimar and Thuringia. 

Course Topics

The special character of this course is in the combination of basic disciplines of civil and 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 engineering in the field of modeling and simulation is highlighted here. Elaboration of interdisciplinary cooperation needs to solve complex engineering technically challenging questions.

In the frame of the planned summer course different aspects, modelling techniques as well as strategies will be discussed and trained. The topics are:

  • Survey, assessment, and control of existing buildings under extreme actions by using modern information and sensing technologies;
  • Methods for the numerical simulation and determination of residual capacity, capacity limits, and safety tolerances for different scenarios;
  • Advanced modelling technics for simulation and validation of complex engineering structures;
  • Experience and performance based design concepts;
  • Application of modern ICT during design, construction, and operation of engineering structures.

The focus is on structures under extreme impact, due to the observed behaviours from past and current events as well as special requirements for future designs.


  • Project 1 | Wireless structural health monitoring and control using tuned mass dampers
  • Project 2 | Numerical investigation of seismic slope stability
  • Project 3 | Evaluation of Existing R.C. Frame Structures with URM Infill Walls under the consideration of in-plane & out-of-plane behavior
  • Project 4 | Numerical analyses on the stability of beam-columns
  • Project 5 | Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Engineering Design
  • Project 6 | Analysis of a telecommunication tower

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