Interdisciplinary factory planning

Key Info

Basic Information

Organizational Unit:
Chair of Production Engineering
Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Matthias Dannapfel, Prof. Peter Burggräf

Further Information

  Factory planning

In the winter semester 2020/21, students will again have the opportunity to work on a factory planning task from industrial practice in an interdisciplinary planning team. The planning process of a factory is characterized by a high degree of complexity, as different disciplines have to work closely together. Up to now, prospective engineers and architects have often been inadequately prepared for this challenge. In the course "Interdisciplinary Factory Planning", students of architecture, mechanical engineering (production technology and energy technology) and civil engineering jointly design a holistic factory concept on the basis of a practical case, so that a highly dynamic, almost real planning process is created. With the help of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) method, close collaboration between the individual project teams is to be ensured throughout the entire course of the project. BIM is a planning concept through which the entire life cycle of the building is handled with virtual, digital building information. The BIM method provides students with the benefit of complete transparency between design teams throughout the project phase, keeping communication as transparent and immediate as possible.

Event Schedule:

1) Application:

The application deadline is October 9, 2022 at 11:59pm. Please apply by email to the respective supervisor(s), indicating: full name, matriculation number and field of study. Students of Production Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management specializing in Mechanical Engineering can contact the person listed here, students of other disciplines can find their contact person at RWTHonline.

2) Allocation of places

The project teams will be formed from the following disciplines:

  • Production Engineering / Industrial Engineering and Management Mechanical Engineering: Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH University
  • Civil Engineering / Industrial Engineering Specialization Construction: Chair and Institute of Construction Management, Digital Engineering and Robotics in Construction (ICOM)
  • Energy Engineering: Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate (EON ERC EBC)
  • Architecture: Chair of Structural Engineering (TRAKO)

3) Kick-off (Excursion and presentation of planning task)

Introductory meeting hosted by our industrial cooperation partner STIHL (Weinsheim, Eifel) with a presentation of the planning task

4) Short lectures

Presentation of the theoretical contents of the individual disciplines: pre-recorded lectures on moodle

5) Introduction to the task

Introduction to the planning case and presentation of the necessary information

6) Project supervision

Weekly to bi-weekly supervision appointments, additional BIM consultation as needed.

7) Other mandatory appointments:

1st interim colloquium in November (November 14, 2022)
2nd interim colloquium in December (December 12, 2022)
Examination colloquium at the end of January (January 30, 2023)

The exact semester dates can be found in the event description linked above in RWTH online.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Expected Semester Dates

  • Kick-Off: October 17, 2022, full-time
  • Regular supervision dates: one to two times a week, always on Monday mornings
  • 1st intermediate colloquium: November 14, 2022, 8:30 am to 3 pm
  • 2nd intermediate colloquium: December 12, 2022, 8:30 am to 3 pm
  • Exam colloquium: January 30, 2023, 8:30 am to 5 pm