The construction industry is becoming increasingly complex and the number of participating players and stakeholders has increased dramatically in just a decade. One of the reasons for this is the growing significance of technical building services in construction projects. As a result, building services engineers, civil engineers and architects are working together ever more closely. In practice, however, misunderstandings and miscommunication frequently occur during the planning and construction process, due to separate curricula for university courses in architecture, civil engineering and building services engineering. For this reason, the Department of Architecture at the TU Dortmund, in collaboration with the VDI Association of German Engineers division on construction and building technology, has been conducting a study to determine the essential components of an integrated university course for building services engineers, civil engineers and architects.
The Wilo-Foundation supports this study, which was launched in 2016 with the aim of identifying the requirements for university courses and research in the field of “Technical Building Services”.
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At the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at TU Dortmund, future architects and building services engineers study civil engineering together following the “Dortmund model”. This model is the only one of its kind in Germany, embodying a unique teaching concept with the objective of not only giving students a thorough professional education in their own discipline, but also teaching them how to work as part of an interdisciplinary team with other engineers involved in construction projects.