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Modelling Civil Engineered Systems



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WS 2019/20 - SoSe 2020

Fakultät VI

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Institut für Bauingenieurwesen

36312400 FG Systemtechnik baulicher Anlagen

Hartmann, Timo

Hartmann, Timo

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2346860 38306 Modelling Civil Engineered Systems

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, students will understand the basics of product modeling theory, which not only forms the basis of state-of-the-art Building Information Systems, parametric modeling systems, and advanced integrated simulation platforms. With this knowledge about product modeling students will be able to organize and structure any complex engineering effort within the realm of civil engineering with or without the support of computers. Students will know the theoretical underpinnings of ontologies and information models from the viewpoint of semiotic theory and logic. Students will also understand related concepts such as level of detail, abstraction, and interpretation and can apply these concepts to computationally model engineered systems to support knowledge intensive engineering work. Students will gain the required skills to represent and describe all type of civil engineering objects with their components, functions, and properties ranging from buildings to infrastructure. Additionally, students will know advanced methods of parametric modeling to steer the geometric configuration of a system based on a few carefully selected input parameters. To ground the theoretical part of the module, students will also gain practical hands on experiences modeling complex infrastructure and building systems using state of the art ontology modeling software. Additionally, students will get to know rich practical case studies and advanced topics from the field of systems engineering that will help them to deeply grasp the importance for adequate models to support the engineering of complex civil infrastructure and building systems. Among these concepts are for example ontological reasoning, parametric modelling, requirements management, configuration management, information management, cost and risk engineering, or control engineering.


- semantical and ontological descriptions of civil engineered systems - introduction to ontological reasoning and logic with applications to civil engineering - geometric modelling and parametric modelling - model scales and interfaces between products, their components and functions

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS VZ
Modelling Civil Engineered Systems PJ WS No information 2
Modelling Civil Engineered Systems VL WS No information 2

Workload and Credit Points

Modelling Civil Engineered Systems (PJ):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Presence at work sessions 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Self directed project work (individual and group) 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)

Modelling Civil Engineered Systems (VL):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Preparation and reflection 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Presence at the lecture 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)

Course-independent workload:

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Reading and commenting selected literature 10.0 3.0h 30.0h
30.0h(~1 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

- Read and comment on selected texts - Discussion of complex or problematic areas of the text; practice and application examples during lectures - project work: development of a logical ontology for a civil engineered product; parametric geometric representation of the product; combination of different products into an urban model

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:


Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
comments literature 30 written ca. 10 selected readings
individual project assignment 40 practical 2 reports of ca. 4 pages, 2 presentations
group project assignment 30 practical report ca. 8 pages

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

30% Comments Literature 40% Individual Modelling Assignments I & II 30% Jigsaw group assignment

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

This module is not limited to a number of students.

Registration Procedures

sign up for the portfolio exam through Qispos

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
No recommended literature given.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Verwendungen (1)
Studiengänge: 1 Stupos: 1 Erstes Semester: SoSe 2020 Letztes Semester: SoSe 2020

This moduleversion is used in the following modulelists:

Verwendungen (12)
Studiengänge: 2 Stupos: 3 Erstes Semester: WS 2019/20 Letztes Semester: SoSe 2020

Students of other degrees can participate in this module without capacity testing.


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