Research at the Dean's Office Civil Engineering

The research of civil and environmental engineering is concentrated across the institutes in the research topics:

  1. Construction in and on water
  2. Digitalization and automation
  3. Sustainability and infrastructure
  4. Water, environment, climate and adaptation

On a superordinate organizational level, these research topics are reflected in various research foci. In addition, there is an interdisciplinary bundling with other topics in the research fields of the TUHH.

Research topic “Engineering Structures in and by the Water“

Societal challenges: Sustainable and low-emission construction, adaptation of coastal infrastructure to climate change impacts, sustainable use of coastal waters, resilient infrastructure in the face of extreme events

Input of the School of Civil Engineering (selection): Structural health monitoring in the marine environment, maintenance and retrofitting of building structures and materials under extreme conditions, structural optimization for CO2 reduction, research into the effects of climate change on engineering structures in and adjacent to water, development of adaptable structures.

Institutes and cooperation partners: The Institutes of Digital and Autonomous Construction, Hydraulic Engineering, Geotechnics and Construction Operations, Solid Construction, Metal and Composite Construction, Structural Dynamics, Geohydroinformatics, Design and Strength of Ships, Fluid Dynamics and Ship Theory, Plastics and Composites, Control Engineering and Microsystems Technology of the TUHH, other scientific cooperation partners and the Hamburg Port Authority.


Research topic “Digitalization and Automatization“

Societal challenges: Sustainable and energy-efficient construction; Construction in the face of climate change; Affordable housing; Monitoring and rehabilitation of infrastructure; Resilient infrastructure; …

Input of the School of Civil Engineering (selection): Digitalization and automation; implementation of “Construction 4.0”; Construction robotics; Artificial Intelligence in civil engineering; Cyber-physical systems in architecture, engineering, and construction; Structural health monitoring; Smart infrastructure as well as adaptive and cognitive buildings; Digital road; Concrete printing; Computational structural mechanics; BIM/CAD-integrated design and analysis...

Institutes and cooperation partners: Digital and Autonomous Construction; River and Coastal Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management; Structural Analysis; Concrete Structures; Metal and Composite Structures; Building Materials, Building Physics and Building Chemistry; Geohydroinformatics; local and national construction companies

Research topic “Sustainability and Infrastructure“

Societal challenges: Conceptualization, planning, design, construction of buildings under consideration of maintenance, demolishment and recyclability within the framework of a circular economy. Durability and extended lifetime of new buildings and maximizing the remaining lifetime of existing buildings as well as low primary energy consumption of material processing and of buildings in service, innovative maintenance and repair methods, adaptivity of structures and use of artificial intelligence implemented by digital control, sophisticated measuring technology and sensing are on the research agenda.

Input of the School of Civil Engineering (selection): Understanding construction damage processes and their prevention, effective test procedures for building materials and constituents, research on particularly endangered and dangerous buildings, research on binders, advanced technical building equipment and thermal insulation, development of nano-, micro- and macrostructured hybrid materials, early detection and localization of defects in constructions using acoustic methods, contributions in standards committees.

Institutes and cooperation partners: Building Materials, Building Physics and Building Chemistry; Concrete Structures; Digital and Autonomous Construction; Metal and Composite Structures; Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management; Structural Analysis. Contribution to the DFG Priority Programs (SPP) 2020 and 2388 as well as to the DFG Research Training Group (GRK) 2462, cooperations with national and international universities and research institutions (e.g. Hemholtz-Zentrum Hereon), services for governmental institutions, companies and associations.