»Forecast Engineering«

From past design to future decision

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 different 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.

In addition, various projects invite to the 100-year Bauhaus anniversary, dealing with the idea, the history, and the development of the Bauhaus. The course participants thus have the opportunity to experience Bauhaus and to help shape the Bauhaus as part of the internationally oriented course.

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you. 

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 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.

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.

Elaboration of interdisciplinary cooperation needs to solve complex engineering technically challenging questions.

M.Sc. / PhD / graduates in the fields of civil and structural engineering.

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 edit the project themes.

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:

1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2019 as a pdf-file via email.

  • 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)

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf-file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Forecast Engineering«
  • Name of pdf-file »Forecast_Engineering_family name_first name«
Only complete and correctly named applications will be considered!

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 3 June 2019 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, places 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 40 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

4. Publication of papers

Those who are among the selected participants have the chance to send in a paper of max. 10 pages by 10 August which will be published by VDG-Verlag.  

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School, the official summer programme of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course (approx. 80 h). It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course time and to fulfill the required tasks in order to receive credit points.

Your home university needs to decide whether it recognises the foreign credits you intend to earn at the Bauhaus Summer School.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

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



Applicants who are studying at a partner university of the Bauhaus-Universität in August 2019 are eligible for the BUW fee of 300 EUR. Here, you can find an overview over the partner universities.

As proof please provide us with your certificate of matriculation of your home university or a copy of your student ID card (incl. expiration date). It must be apparent that you are an enrolled student during the time of the Bauhaus Summer School in August.


Scholarships are available within the framework of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Project (full scholarships) and, to a lesser extent, from funds provided by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (partial scholarships).

(1) Full scholarship: waiving of the course fee, free accommodation (03 August - 17 August 2019) and travel allowance upon presentation of the original tickets in accordance with the project-executing agency's guidelines.
(2) Partial scholarship: waiving of the course fees and, under special circumstances, partial payment of accommodation costs.

To apply, please check if you are studying at one of the partner universities of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

For application, submit an application letter (max 500 words) for financial support (1) or (2) explaining why you should receive financial support. Send this letter together with your other application documents via e-mail by 1 May 2019.

Funded Project

This course and the creation of these resources are funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no. 2016-1-DE01-KA203-002905.