Structural Engineering and Digital Construction Processes
The Master’s program in “Structural Engineering and Digital Construction Processes” focuses on both expanding structural engineering knowledge and addressing the challenges of digital building in order to create comprehensive models from design through to production.
After the 2020 summer semester, the Structural Engineering department will offer the newly developed consecutive Master’s program in “Structural Engineering and Digital Construction Processes,” which will confer a Master of Engineering after three semesters of study.
Just as in many other industries, digitization is a key topic for the future of the construction industry. Although work on many construction sites focuses on trades, in the background the industry is undergoing a fundamental shift that ranges from AI-supported planning to using robots on the construction site or components or complete structures produced on 3D printers. The Master’s program responds to these structural changes with newly designed modules such as “Computational Mechanics” or “Digital Processes and Fabrication.” In addition, the program thoroughly addresses Building Information Modeling (BIM), already a standard in the working world today although it is often missing from traditional engineering programs.
Regardless of these new developments, structural engineering will continue to play a key role in the training and professional work of civil engineers into the future. Because of this, the Master's program curriculum also includes a series of structural engineering modules. These modules expand on the basic knowledge gained during the Bachelor's program (in particular in the structural design focus area), such as by teaching engineered wood and steel construction as well as solid and composite construction.
By combining digital and structural elements, the Master's program provides optimal preparation for taking on research or management positions in the construction industry, such as in areas like Construction 4.0 or Smart Buildings.
Graduates will be qualified for research, development and management positions, in particular in digitally-supported structural engineering. Students enjoy career prospects in the following areas:
- Option to complete a Ph.D. or enter senior civil service by taking the second state examination
- Management positions in the construction industry, and in either the private or public sector
- Entry-level careers in research and development
The Master’s degree in “Structural Engineering and Digital Construction Processes” helps graduates focus on digital aspects, in particular, along the entire construction supply chain
- Developing engineering models, solutions and concepts,
- Dimensioning buildings and components based on relevant advanced calculations, simulations and structural planning verifications,
- Generating associated structural designs, including within BIM models, and professionally supporting and implementing them in construction practice, in consideration of automated methods,
- Developing required quality management systems and providing professional support for implementing these
- And integrating all of the above aspects into consistent digital process sequences.
The Master’s degree includes project work. This work is completed in small groups of students, and involves independently addressing a specific topic through academic research. This gives students a comprehensive view of practical tasks, promotes interdisciplinary cooperation and helps them expand their key qualifications.
Bachelor’s or graduate degree
Digital construction, simulation, BIM, expanding and reinforcing structural engineering content from the Bachelor’s degree program
During the summer semester of the three-semester degree program, the program generally offers digital construction modules. Structural engineering modules are the focus of the winter semester, and students must also complete one elective module per semester. The “Structural Digital Project” completed during the winter semester combines aspects of both focus areas. Students complete their Master's thesis during the third semester.