Model Validation and Simulation 2013

Funded by the European Comission Lifelong Learning Programme.

ERASMUS Intensive Programme
"An ERASMUS Intensive Programme (IP) is a short, structured programme of study which brings together students and staff from universities from at least three different countries which participate in the ERASMUS programme. It is to provide a multinational group of students and staff the opportunity to collaborate on a specialist interdisciplinary topic."

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and 13 partner institutions from Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Turkey present special topics of Structural Engineering.

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.

Schedule "Model Validation and Simulation 2013" 

The course language is English.


Papers by the participants, project reports, course description, as well as course impressions are published at

Model Validation and Simulation - Vol. II
Graduate Courses for Structural Engineering Application 4th - 16th August 2013
Bauhaus-Universitätsverlag, Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Konstruktiven Ingenieurbau, Band 27
ISBN: 978-3-95773-177-7


Models in Structural Engineering
Project 1 | System Identification, Model Updating and Simulation

Introduction to Numerical and Experimental Geodynamics
Project 2 | Soil - Structure – Interaction: Simulation & Experimental Validation

Structures in Earthquake Regions
Project 3 | Evaluation of Seismic Performance of a Damaged RC Building and Damage Prognosis for Aftershocks


Special Aspects of Steel Bridge Structures

Project 4 | Special Aspects of Steel Bridge Structures


Calibration of Numerical Models in Civil Engineering Applications

Project 5 | Calibration of Numerical Models in Civil Engineering Applications


Wind-induced Vibrations of Long-span Bridges

Project 6 | Numerical Analysis of Dynamic Wind Effects on Long-span Bridges

Stochastic methods for modeling uncertainties and quantifying reliability
Prof. Helmuth Pradlwarter (Uni Innsbruck)

Self-Centering rocking frames
Prof. Attila Joó (BME)

Optical 3D reconstruction for geometric validation
Prof. Volker Rodehorst (BUW)

Damage detection of civil engineering structures by evaluating the changes of linear and nonlinear dynamic characteristics
Prof. Stefan Maas (Uni Luxembourg)

System identification and parameter estimation in structural dynamics and building accoustics
Dr. Edwin Reynders (KU Leuven)

Assessment of historic structures: The Fatih, Istanbul Case Study
Prof. Polat Gülkan (METU)

Simulations and methods for earthquake performance assessment of buildings
Prof. Ahmet Yakut (METU)

Modeling of composite steel-concrete bridges
Prof. Ioannis Vayas (Athen)

Seismic strengthening of R/C structures using dampers or other devices for passive energy dissipation
Dr. Dilyan Blagov (UACEG)

Spatially varying earthquake ground motion and dynamic response of long bridges: assessment from a structural engineering perspective
Dr. Anastasios Sextos (AUTH) 


The course is tailored to advanced master's and doctoral candidates from Germany and abroad in the fields of structural engineering and modeling, natural hazards and risk management, geodynamics and foundation engineering.

The course language is English.

Participants are encouraged to give a short presentation on one of the following topics:

  • Recent developments in structural engineering
  • Structural modeling and system identification

  • Natural hazards and risk assessment

  • Geodynamics and foundation engineering

  • Numerical models in civil engineering application

Partner Institutions

Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy
Sofia, Bulgaria

Ethniko Metsovio Polytechnio
National Technical University Athens (NTUA)
Athens, Greece

Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (AUTH)
Thessaloniki, Greece

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

Università degli studi di Padova
Padova, Italy

Université du Luxembourg

Universidade do Porto
Faculdaide de Engenharia (FEUP)
Porto, Portugal

Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi
Middle East Technical University (METU)
Ankara, Turkey

Mustafa Kemal University
Hatay, Turkey

Cardiff University
Cardiff, United Kingdom

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom