»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.

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.

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.

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 2018 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 1 June 2018 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously 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.  

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


Scholarships including course fee, accommodation, and travel allowance are available provided by the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships grant program of the European Union under grant no. 2016-1-DE01-KA203-002905 and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Civil Engineering.

There are three categories of financial support

  1. waiving of the course fee
  2. waiving of the course fee and free accommodation (18 August - 1 September 2018)
  3. waiving of the course fee, free accommodation (18 August - 1 September 2018) and a part of costs for travel expenses can be refunded, if original tickets can be presented.

To apply, submit a letter of application for financial support (1), (2) or (3) - explaining why you should receive financial support (max. 500 words) - along with your other application documents by email by 1 May 2018.

Please note: Applicants have no automatic right to this form of financial support. The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar decides on the awarding of scholarships.

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.