Students’ visit Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany

In August, we were two US students travelling through Europe, on the way to the Bauhaus Summer School. We were Janus Malherbe and Jan-Hendrik Schreuder, two postgraduate engineering students at the department of Construction & Engineering Management, who went on this expedition. But first, more about the course…

The name of the course was “Forecast Engineering and Global Climate Change”, it covered a wide variety of subjects. The focus was structural design for a number of specific purposes, such as Seismic activity, Topological Optimisation, Change Detection Algorithms, Wind Flow Modelling and the application of BIG City Data in civil engineering. There were guest speakers from around the globe, these experts gave us exposure to the above mentioned fields and much more.

The course also contained a project which had to be done at the university. Out of various possible theme options we chose the design of long span bridges. The topic under this theme were the optimisation of the aerodynamic properties of a long span bridge. The Civil Engineering Department of Bauhaus University is a focused unit, with specific specializations, one of which is the design of long span bridges and the aerodynamics of these structures.

We also want to thank Stellenbosch University, Bauhaus University, our supervisor Prof Jan Wium and the Post Graduate and International Office of the US. It is these institutions and people that made this opportunity a reality.


From lef to right the names of the people on the photo:

  • Jan-Hendrik Schreuder (Stellenbosch University)
  • Janus Malherbe (Stellenbosch University)
  • Lars Abrahamczyk (Facilitator from Bauhaus University, Germany)
  • Matthieu Benoît Rhomberg (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Daeyoung Kim (South Corea)
  • Igor Kavrakov (Bauhaus University, Germany)