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Modelling Civil Engineered Systems (M.Sc.)

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

Further information about the module can be found on the dedicated Moses-course-site.


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