Projects and Theses

 

Interested students have the opportunity to have a planned project or final thesis supervised by the professorship Intelligent Technical Design in German or English.

You are always welcome to present your project idea. If you have not found a topic yet, we will help to assist you in finding a topic. On this page you can already find suggestions from the project "Digital ITD Twin" or research our teaching and research content.

Suggested topics

Digital ITD Twin

Project Overview

By installing several sensors and actuators in the rooms of our professorship, the foundation stone for a digital twin has been laid. The aim of the project is to use the data for simulations and optimizations as well as a virtual mapping of the rooms and related data. For this purpose, different applications are to be implemented or connected: A web interface for user-friendly operation, AR applications for data visualization and for setting actuator manipulation variables, VR applications for the virtual inspection of the rooms and last but not least simulation and optimization software. If you are interested in working on this project, e.g. as part of a final or project work, contact M.Sc. Mathias Artus or Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch.

Detailed project description

Improved Web interface for data visualization of the smart home system

The delivered web interface of FHEM is more an expert system than a user friendly smart home management system. For this purpose a new web interface shall be developed. Some Tasks for this are: create design drafts for the web interface, identify frameworks and libraries for responsive/adaptive web design, develop an architecture of elements which is reusable, ...

A detailed project description can be found here.

BIM interface for visualization of smart home data

The data of the smart home system shall be visualized in a suitable BIM environment for monitoring and facility management (FM). Basically BIM tools like Autodesk Revit don't support live sensor data. We would like to build it into it. Some tasks are: review which BIM tools can be extended, define how a sensor look like in 3D-Models of BIM, read live data from the sensors and show it in a suitable way...

A detailed project description can be found here.

AR Interface for smart home system

The data from the smart home system shall be visualized in AR. It would be nice if we can watch graphs on a smart phone or a tablet as well as adjusting actuators with it. Some tasks are: Define a look and feel of graphs. Design an software architecture for the components, which will be used for both, AR and VR. Develop the software which displays the graphics...

A detailed project description can be found here.

VR Interface for smart home system

The goal is to connect the data gained from sensors and actors with a virtual representation of our chair. While moving through the virtual world of our rooms, graphs shall be displayed and actuators can be adjusted. Some tasks in this part are: Visualize our rooms in VR. define a softwarearchitecture for components, which can be used for AR as well. How can different objects be visualized in VR? Importing IFC-Data to VR...

A detailed project description can be found here.

Simulation software and interface for smart home system

The data gained from our smart home systrem shall be used for simulation and optimization. Beside the visualization of data, we want to improve energy usage as well as feeling comfortable in our rooms. Simulation and optimization is needed for this. Some tasks in this field are: Review simulation and optimization software. Identify parameters for energy consumption and comfortable indoor clima. Implement control algorithms in FHEM. Connect FHEM with optimization and simulation software.

A detailed project description can be found here.

Extension of an existing IFC-viewer to visualize damages

In the field of Damage Information Modeling, we want to test different approaches to store data about damages within an IFC file, i.e. using textures, point clouds, photos, etc. In order to verify the information models, we need a software to display damage loaded IFC files. xBIM is an existing IFC-viewer and shall be extended for this purpose.

BA, MA. Language: Ger, Eng

Supervision: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Mathias Artus

Required previous knowledge:

  • Object-oriented programming: advanced knowledge
  • Data structures: basic knowledge
  • Software engineering: basic knowledge
  • BIM: basic knowledge
  • IFC: basic knowledge

Optional previous knowledge:

  • C#: basic knowledge
  • 3D Graphics: basic knowledge
  • IFC: advanced knowledge

IFC editor

Currently, we manually edit IFC files to generate test files for software tests. We want a more practical way for this process. The student(s) shall implement an IFC editor to add, remove and edit IFC elements within an existing IFC file. A second aim is that custom elements, which are not covered by current IFC standards, can be created. A 3D Visualization is not aimed.

BA, MA, Project. Language: Ger, Eng

Supervision: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Mathias Artus

Required previous knowledge:

  • Object-oriented programming: basic knowledge
  • Data structures: basic knowledge
  • Software engineering: basic knowledge
  • BIM: basic knowledge
  • IFC: basic knowldedge

Optional previous knowledge:

  • IFC: advanced knowledge
  • Graphical User Interfaces: basic knowledge

Common Data Environment

Within several subjects our students have to deliver BIM models and related documents. Currently, they upload all data to moodle. It is quite cumbersome to manage all that data with moodle. Further, they don't have any possibility to work on a distributed model. A Common Data Environment (CDE) should help to overcome this issue. The aim is to combine existing software to a functional ecosystem with a single overlay to share models, documents and other information with team mates and teachers.

BA, MA, Project. Language: Ger, Eng

Supervision: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Mathias Artus, M.Sc. Judith Krischler

Required previous knowledge:

  • Software engineering: basic knowledge
  • BIM: basic knowledge
  • Web technologies: basic knowledge

Optional previous knowledge:

  • IFC: basic knowledge

Room climate simulation

At our chair is a smart home system installed. It collects and stores data about temperature and humidity in a database. Additionally the chair of building physics has data about environmental conditions. This data could be useful to predict future needs for heating or cooling. Is it necessary to install some cooling systems in future, because of the climate change? For simulation any suitable software can be used.

BA, MA, Project. Language: Ger, Eng

Supervision: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Mathias Artus, associate of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Conrad Völker

Required previous knowledge:

  • Simulation: advanced knowledge
  • Building physics: basic knowledge
  • Databases: basic knowledge
  • Programming: basic knowledge

Optional previous knowledge:

  • Object-oriented programming: basic knowledge
  • Thermal building physics: basic knowledge
  • FEM: basic knowledge
  • CFD: basic knowledge

Augmented reality with Rhino/Grasshopper/Fologram: developing augmented reality scenarios for engineering subjects

With the visual scripting tool Grasshopper and Rhino as a 3D software it is possible to create codes and parametric models for Augmented Reality (AR) applications. Selected tasks can be implemented to support teaching for mechanical and structural engineering.

Keywords: Augmented Reality, Serious Gaming, mechanics

BA, MA, Project. Language: Ger, Eng

Supervision: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Judith Krischler

Required previous knowledge:

  • Mechanics: basic knowledge

Optional previous knowledge:

  • Visual scripting: basic knowledge

Virtual reality with Unity: extension of the virtual mechanics laboratory

In the virtual laboratory, physical and mechanical experiments are to be implemented to support learning in engineering subjects. The laboratory will be modularly expanded with new stations and experiments. The application (or mini-game) will be optimized for the use with Virtual Reality (VR) glasses.

Keywords: Virtual Reality, Serious Gaming, mechanics

BA, MA, Project. Language: Ger, Eng

Supervision: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Judith Krischler

Required previous knowledge:

  • Programming: basic knowledge
  • Mechanics: basic knowledge

Optional previous knowledge:

  • Unity: basic knowledge

Literature review on rule-based model checking for BIM models

Model checking is a significant use case for BIM projects. By means of model testing, models should be checked for their technical and modelling quality and planning errors detected as early as possible. The conformity of the models with the specifications of the BIM execution plan can also be checked semi-automatically. A literature review will be carried out to determine and present the current state of research. The topic can also be adapted as MA, but then with an additional task like developing a model checking concept and testing it in a field study.

Keywords: rule-based model checking, clash detection, Modellprüfung, Kollisionsprüfung, Regelprüfung

BA, MA. Language: Ger, Eng

Supervision: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Judith Krischler

Required previous knowledge:

  • BIM: basic knowledge

Optional previous knowledge:

  • 3D-modeling: basic knowledge
  • for MA: Programming: basic knowledge

Completed theses

Technologien der automatisierten Erzeugung und Verarbeitung von Punktwolken zu as-built-Bauwerksinformationsmodellen im Hochbau

Im Zuge der Weiterentwicklung der BIM-Methode und einer steigenden Anzahl von Anwendungsfällen, deren Fokus auf der Betriebsphase eines Gebäudes liegt, ist die Modellierung des Gebäudebestands von immer größerer Bedeutung. Der erstrebenswerte Workflow besteht dabei in einem weitestgehend automatischen digitalen Aufmaß und anschließender softwaregestützter Verarbeitung der Daten zu einem "intelligenten", das heißt mit semantischen Informationen angereichertem Bauwerksinformationsmodell.

Martin Lindner, Bachelor Thesis, 2019

Prüfer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Judith Krischler

BIM-basierte Energiebedarfsberechnung von Gebäuden

Wei Zhao, Bachelor Thesis, 2019

In der Thesis wird eine Energieanalyse auf Basis eines gegebenen BIM-Modells mittels Autodesk Insight erstellt, mit der Prämisse einen möglichst ressourcenschonenden und -effizienten Einsatz von Energie während der Betriebsphase eines Gebäudes unter Berücksichtigung des Komforts zu erreichen.



Prüfer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Thomas Behnke

Evaluation of Sensor-Based Registration Accuracy using Head Mounted Augmented Reality Devices

Felix Kremp, Master Thesis, 2019

This thesis will propose different use cases for registration of virtual content in real space. The implemented use cases split up in a 2Dmarker, a user placed and a 3D marker based on a BIM model approach. Furthermore, an evaluation of registration accuracy within the context of head mounted augmented reality is realized.


Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Mathias Artus

Utilizing BIM-Based Model Checking (BMC) in the early stages of design to examine the vulnerability of masonry structures to earthquakes

Mohamed Matook, Master Thesis, 2019

The aim of this thesis is to check the possibility of utilizing the concept of BIM-based model checking (BMC) to automatically check the compliance of masonry structures with the design standards. The rules, implemented using Revit and Dynamo, concerning masonry structures from EN 1996-1-1 and EN 1998-1 are assessed and analyzed. 

Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, Dr.-Ing. Lars Abrahamczyk

BIM-based Facility Management using COBie

Based on the theory of facilities management and BIM technology, this article first analyzes the research status of building facilities management and BIM thorough literature research method. Then sets forth the disadvantages of traditional facility management workflow and what BIM brings to facility management as well as BIM-COBie based facility management software. At last this article evaluates three pieces of facility software through comparative study method and makes a relevant case study to prove the feasibility and superiority of BIM-COBie based facility management, meanwhile provides references for the use of BIM-COBie according to this.

Yuzhe Wu, Master Thesis, 2019

Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Thomas Behnke

Digitaler ITD Zwilling - Design und Implementierung eines Webinterface für nutzerorientierte Datenvisualisierung und Interraktion mit Smart-Home-Systemen

Xi Chen, Master Thesis, 2019

Diese Masterarbeit behandelt die Interaktion von Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Twin und Smart Home über eine responsive Weboberfläche für einen Heimautomatisierungsserver (FHEM), die sich intuitiv bedienen lässt und auch für Endanwender ohne technischem Verständnis optimiert ist. 

Prüfer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, M.Sc. Mathias Artus

Entwicklung von Prüfstrukturen zur Qualitäts- und Planungskontrolle von Bauwerksinformationsmodellen

Das Ziel der Arbeit bestand darin, Baubeschreibungen zu analysieren und Konzepte zu erarbeiten, die eine Überprüfung des digitalen Modells bezüglich der Baubeschreibung und der darin festgelegten Qualitäten ermöglichen.

Sebastian Seiß, Master Thesis, 2018

Prüfer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Bargstädt M.Sc.; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch; M.Sc. Judith Ponnewitz

Spezifizierung einer Datenschnittstelle zur Integration von digitalen Oberleitungsplanungen in Building Information Modeling

Das vordergründige Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit bestand darin, Untersuchungen zu Datenübergabeszenarien zwischen Planungssoftware für Oberleitungsanlagen und anderen im BIM-Prozess verwendeten Programmen anzustellen und die Datenschnittstelle mit der besten Eignung anschließend zu spezifizieren.

Justus Boeck, Master Thesis, 2018

Prüfer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arnd Stephan (TU Dresden); Dipl.-Ing. Fritjof Aufschläger (TU Dresden); Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar); Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Krippner (DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH, Leipzig)  

Design and Implementation of Structural Dynamics Problems in a Serious Gaming Environment

Tarek Ahmed Mohamed, Master Thesis, 2018

The aim of this project was to develop a serious game to teach engineering students some structural dynamics problems which they can use to interact and get more involved with the theory behind these problems. The chosen problems were calculating the natural frequency and the mode shapes of a single span beam for different cases, and the Dynamic Amplification Factor (DAF). 

Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch, Dr.-Ing. Volkmar Zabel