Forecast Engineering: Virtualisation, Visualisation, and Validation of Urban and Structural Building Responses

The course content at a glance

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.

Investigating current developments towards visualisation, modelling, reaction estimation, analysis, simulation methods & more

You will explore the current developments in use of polymer-modified concretes as well as simulation, advanced modelling and analysis methods for geotechnical and structural application under static and dynamic loading conditions – especially under extreme loads.
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.

International expertise & on-site visits

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.


The current state of the art in the above-mentioned topics will be presented in the lectures and supplemented by individual guest lectures of international experts. Special topics on the individual subject areas will be developed together with the participants within the framework of group project. Moreover, complex and technically challenging engineering questions will be answered through interdisciplinary cooperation among the participating members


Desire to

- meet new people and friendships;

- learning something new

- international athmosphere and german culture/tradition

... then apply NOW

Course Topics

Modelling of large deformations in geotechnical engineering

Due to the effects of climate change, its countermeasures introduced and the rapid growth in population, geotechnical engineers face a number of new challenges, all involving soil being subjected to large deformations. Examples are landslides being triggered by earthquakes or heavy rainfall, the installation of piles for offshore wind power plants or the improvement of unstable soils by deep vibratory compaction. Techniques for the holistic simulation of these large deformation problems are more important today than ever.

The course introduces into numerical schemes for modelling large deformation in geotechnics and teaches how to use them. The following schemes are covered:

  • Updated Lagrangian methods
  • Material-Point-Methods
  • Eulerian methods
  • Coupled Discrete-Finite approaches utilising contact mechanics

Participants will learn the basics of these methods and subsequently apply them for modelling the aforementioned challenging geotechnical tasks.


Project 1 | Use of Polymer-Modified Concretes (PCC) for Innovative Refurbishment Solutions | Alexander Flohr (Chair of Construction Chemistry and Polymer Materials)

Project 2 | Modelling of large deformations in geotechnical engineering | Patrick Staubach (Chair of Geotechnics)

Project 3 | Nonlinear modelling and analysis of unreinforced masonry structures | Lars Abrahamczyk, Aanis Uzair (Chair of Advanced Structures)

Project 4 | Simulation of ultrasonic wave propagation and its application in detection of flaws in structure | Dr.-Ing. Long Nguyen Tuan (Institute of Structural Mechanics)

Project 5 | Scientific analyses on the structural behavior of load-bearing structures | Matthias Kraus (Chair of Steel  and Hybrid Structures)

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.

Dr.-Ing. Lars Abrahamczyk

- since 2010 coordinator and project manager of the specialised course from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Bauhaus Summer School  


Lecturers, Involved Departments and Partners:

- Chair of Computer Vision in Engineering Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Rodehorst

- Chair of Steel and Hybrid Construction Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kraus

- Chair of Stochastics and Optimization Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Tom Lahmer

- Chair of Intelligent Technical Design Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Koch

- Chair of Advanced Structures Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars Abrahamczyk

Research Center: EDAC Dr.-Ing. Jochen Schwarz

- Professur Bauchemie und Polymere Werkstoffe am F.A. Finger-Institut für Baustoffkunde Dr.-Ing. Alexander Flohr

1. Online Registration

Please register first in our system ► Registration
Please follow the instructions on the page.

2. Application

After your registration, upload your application documents for the course of your choice. Application deadline is 01 May 2023. The application needs to contain the following documents:

  • Application letter (please use this ► Template) 
  • Curriculum vitae | max. two pages
  • English language certificate | at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation | Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Abstract: with respect to current personal scientific activity - max. 1000 words (please use this ► Template)

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer and your final confirmation you will receive the invoice which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, spots will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 35 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 890 EURO.

690 EURO for students & alumni
350 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday - Friday) 
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme including excursions
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

The course fee does not include:

  •     Travel expenses
  •     Accommodation
  •     Insurance
  •     Additional module(s) (190 €)


"Blended Intensive Programmes" is a new funding line of the ERASMUS program generation (2021-2027). Through this, the use of innovative learning and teaching methods and the possibilities of online cooperation shall be promoted. 

If your university is a partner university of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in the Erasmus network, the travel and accommodation costs ("lump sum") of the participants for this Summer School course can be covered by the International Office of the home university after the admission. The course costs (except for the accompanying programme and board) are financed by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Please contact us for more information.

After successful completion of the language course, you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School. I

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course. In order to receive credit points, t is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons and to fulfil the required tasks. It is possible to receive 2 extra credit points (ECTS) for the course if you book an additional module.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

If you would like to receive a grade, you must discuss this with the teacher at the beginning of the course! The fulfilment of additional tasks may be necessary.

Blended Course

Online meetings: 04.09.23-8.09.23

In Weimar



This course is carried out as an Erasmus Blended Intensive programme.


The course language is English.