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.
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 modelling 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.
- Project 1 | Implementation and Validation of Wireless Structural Health Monitoring Systems
- Project 2 | Image Analysis for Change Detection
- Project 3 | Evaluation of Existing R.C. Frame Structures with URM Infill Walls
- Project 4 | Numerical Analyses on the Stability of Beam-Columns
- Project 5 | Advanced Modelling Techniques for Structures under Cyclic and Fatigue Loading
- Project 6 | Wind-induced Vibrations of Long-Span Bridges
Certificate & Credit Points
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.
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.
1. Online Registration
In order to register, please complete our registration form.
Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf file via email.
- Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
- Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
- Application letter
- Abstract: with respect to current personal scientific activity - max. 1000 words
- English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
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 15 May 2017 via e-mail 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 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
- Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
- Free use of library
- Accompanying programme (except excursions)
- Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
About the School
Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime!