Digital twinning in civil engineering

Course language is German, 6 ECTS. The course will be offered every summer semester. Please refer to Stud.IP for course details. For further information, please contact Dr. Alexander Chmelnizkij (alexander.chmelnizkij(at)tuhh(dot)de).

Course contents

In lectures and hands-on seminars, this course introduces students to the fundamentals, concepts, and implementation strategies of digital twins in civil engineering. The course covers a wide range of topics from theory to practice. In the theoretical parts, primarily covered in the lectures, fundamental digital twin aspects will be taught, such as definitions (including "digital twin", "digital shadow", "digital sibling"), characteristics, digital twin levels, terminology, standards, digital transformation, metamodeling, system architectures and digital twin elements, future developments, and much more. Disciplines and technologies related to digital twinning will also be considered, for example cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, Industry 4.0, Cloud and Edge Computing, etc. Particular emphasis will be placed on the types of models being elements of digital twins, such as building information models and finite element models. In the seminars, the students will implement digital twins and validate their implementations in laboratory tests or at real engineering structures. The seminars will also provide practical (basic) knowledge relevant for digital twin implementations, such as sensor systems, database systems, and communication systems.