»Forecast Engineering«

From past design to future decision

Course description only in English. 

The design of engineering structures takes place today and in the past on the basis of static calculations. The consideration of uncertainties in the model quality becomes more and more important with the development of new construction methods and design requirements. In addition to the traditional forced-based approaches, experiences and observations about the deformation behavior of components and the overall structure under different exposure conditions allow the introduction of novel detection and evaluation criteria.

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar presents special topics of Structural Engineering to highlight the broad spectrum of civil engineering in the field of modeling and simulation. The expected outputs of the summer course are to enable the participating students to deal with advanced methods in model validation and simulation and its practical application, as well as the exchange of ideas between the participating students.

Through a challenging and demanding series of lectures, as well as seminars and project work, presented with a state-of-the-art information and communication technology, this project seeks to impart knowledge and to combine research with a practical context.

This comprehensive summer school at graduate level will introduce selected students to six course topics and related projects. To enable participants to understand and use the presented concepts in their further professional career a main part of the summer school is devoted to interdisciplinary project work.

Discussions and the exchange of ideas with professors, research associates and other participants during and after classes will enhance the personal experience and bring best benefits to all participants. In addition, we offer excursions to building-sites and leading companies as well as a programme of cultural events.

The course language is English.

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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 and wind engineering 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.

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 and assessment of existing buildings under extreme actions by using modern information and sensing technologies;
  • Methods for the determination of residual capacity, capacity limits and safety tolerances for different scenarios;
  • Experience and performance based design concepts;
  • Design of structures taking account of changing requirements;
  • Elaboration of interdisciplinary cooperation needs to solve complex engineering technically challenging questions.

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.

Lars Abrahamczyk, Dozent des Kurses "Forecast Engineering"

Dr.-Ing. Lars Abrahamczyk, born 1977 in Leipzig

  • 1996 – 2002: Study at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • 2013 PhD at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • 2002 - 2014 research assistant at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Earthquake Damage Analysis Center
  • since March 2014 CEO of the research training group 1462 „Evaluation of Coupled Numerical and Experimental Partial Models in Structural Engineering“
  • since 2010 coordinator and project manager of the specialised course from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Bauhaus Summer School  


Involved Departments and Partners

Funded Project

This course is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service programme "Summer Schools in Germany" and the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships. Students from partner universities  as well as from all other countries can apply for scholarships.

Partner Institutes

University of Osijek, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Osijek, Croatia

Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (BME)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics 
Budapest, Hungary

Universidade de Aveiro

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Ljubljana, Slovenia