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 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.
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 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.
The course schedule is available. You can download it here.
Please note: This is a preliminary schedule. Programme modifications are at any time possible.
Announcements and materials to support lectures:
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
- Computer Vision in Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Rodehorst
- Computing in Civil Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kay Smarsly
- Modelling and Simulation of Structures
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Guido Morgenthal
- Steel Construction
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kraus
- Stochastics and Optimization
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Tom Lahmer
- Structural Analysis and Component Strength
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Carsten Könke
- Research Center: EDAC
Dr.-Ing. Jochen Schwarz, Dr.-Ing. Lars Abrahamczyk
Project 2 | Image Analysis for Change Detection
Project 5 | Model-updating: Theory, Algorithms and Insights
Project 6 | Wind-induced Vibrations of Long-Span Bridges
After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.
Participants will earn 4 credit points (ECTS).
The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.
Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.
M.Sc. / PhD / graduates in the fields of civil 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.
In order to register, please complete our registration form.
Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as a pdf-file via email.
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 e-mail by 15 May 2017 and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.
If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform 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 2 August which will be published by VDG-Verlag.
The course fee includes:
Scholarships including course fee, accommodation, travel allowance are available provided by the German Acadamic Exchange Service (DAAD).
There are three categories of financial support
- waiving of the course fee
- waiving of the course fee, free cafeteria lunch (Mondays to Fridays) and free accommodation (19 August - 2 September 2017)
- waiving of the course fee, free cafeteria lunch (Mondays to Fridays), free accommodation (19 August - 2 September 2017) 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 2017.
Please note: Applicants have no automatic right to this form of financial support. The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar decides on the awarding of scholarships.
Registration for 2017 has closed. Please find the new course programme online from November 2017.
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.
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