New premises for civil engineering
Today’s education and research facilities must be suitably equipped for modern methods of learning, teaching and researching. The region of Thuringia recognised that the civil engineering training campus at the Bauhaus-University of Weimar was in need of an upgrade. With support from EU funding, it designed and built a new building including two seminar rooms, a lecture hall and a modern laboratory, and is now home to a hive of student and researcher activity.
“The soil dynamics group could not have achieved its current high international position in such a short space of time without the excellent facilities of the new building”
Dr Wuttke, Head of the Soil Dynamics Group
The stylish architecture provides a distinct structure that blends in with the surrounding buildings and landscape. The integrated nature of the facilities means that those working and studying there have easier and more ready access to both people and equipment, an important feature particularly for those working on their doctoral theses.
Proximity equals productivity
The proximity of the new laboratory space, teaching areas and offices provides an ideal working and research environment. Professors, scientists and students have access to well-equipped laboratory and testing areas where research is conducted to high international standards. The areas have had slanted glass added maximising the space available for use.
The new seminar rooms and lecture hall are frequently used for teaching and training both German and international students. About 70 students and 50 researchers and technicians use the rooms. Several scientists have also been able to complete their doctoral theses, covering diverse areas such as soil dynamics, mechanics of partially saturated soils and granular materials.
From lab table to industry floor
The specialist facilities at the laboratory, such as the climate room, rigid floor with loading frame and extended media wires, have enabled many projects to be undertaken, covering subjects such as numerical geomechanics, modelling the behaviour of soils, rock and salt structures, natural hazard mitigation analysis, complex geomechanics such as tunnels, former open mining areas, dams and foundations for wind power stations.
Currently, projects of the German Research Foundation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, NATO as well as different local research activities are underway. To ensure that results are transferred to industry, many of the research projects are also conducted in close co-operation with companies.