November 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m. (CET)

AdvanceAEC Network Partner Seminar

Prof. Dr. techn. Benjamin Kromoser, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna

AdvanceAEC

Time: 11/22/21, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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On Monday, 22 November 2021 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. a new edition of our AdvanceAEC Network Partner Seminar will take place online.

  • Topic: Digital Supported Structural Optimization and Automated Construction: Using New Tools to Further Develop Engineering and Craftsmanship in the 21st Century
  • Speaker: Prof. B.Sc. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Benjamin Kromoser, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna
  • Date: 22 November 2021, 04:00-06:00 p.m.
  • Only accessible to network partners
  • For further information please visit: https://www.advanceaec.net/event/aaec-network-partner-seminar-date-monday-22nd-of-november-2021/

The rapidly growing world population as well as the increasing prosperity leads to a constant need of new habitats, new work places and new infrastructure in unprecedented quantities. With rising demand, the scarcity of resources vital to the building process as well as the environmental pollution increase. Based on the developments of current technology, the building industry will unavoidably fail to provide a viable environment for the 11.2 billion people estimated to inhabit the earth by the end of this century.

The most important sector in terms of raw material demand is the construction industry. In 2015, 47.5 gigatonnes of raw materials were consumed worldwide in this sector alone. As described in with an equivalent to roughly 13% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the construction-related expenditures sum up to $10 trillion globally, making the construction sector one of the largest of the world economy. Suffering from a remarkably poor productivity relative to the other sectors, with a global labour-productivity growth of only 1% per year in average over the past two decades (world economy 2.8%, manufacturing 3.6%), the productivity of the construction sector has remained stuck at the same level throughout the last century. In comparison other sectors like agriculture and manufacturing have increased in productivity 10–15 times since the 1950s. In addition, we are confronted with an increasing scarcity of skilled workers with no end in sight accompanied with an unlearning of crafting skills.

These data and developments prove that a significant reduction of the environmental impact, an enormous increase of the productivity as well as new methods to train skilled engineers and workers are required within the next years. This is only possible if we perform adjustments at all possible screws: (1) material, (2) structure, (3) manufacturing/ construction technology accompanied with an assessment of the environmental and economic performance as well as the development of new training programmes.

The presentation will show possible ways how to contribute to this required development with and introduction of strategies for the design, optimization and construction of the buildings of tomorrow. As special focus will be laid at the interaction of science-economy-craftsmanship. In detail the design and structural optimization of shell structures made from wood and concrete as well as their production/ erection will be presented. Furthermore, a new established lecture format at BUKU focusing on digital design and automated construction will be introduced.

Mr. Kromoser was appointed as research associate 2012-2015 (Prädoc) und 2015-2018 (Postdoc) at TU Wien at the Institute for Structural Engineering. In 2016 he spent 6 months at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design at the University of Stuttgart. In 2015 he finished his PhD at TU Wien. Since 2014 he works as self-employed structural engineer and developer. In 2018 he was appointed as Professor for Biobased Design at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and is leading the Research Group for Resource Efficient Structural Engineering. Since 2019 he is additionally deputy head of the Institute of Structural Engineering. Since 2021 he helds the position of speaker of the doctoral school BUILD.NATURE at BOKU. His main research focus lies at resource efficient structural engineering with focus at structural optimization, dimensioning, experimental testing and automated production methods as well as Life-Cycle Assessment of concrete, timber and hybrid structures.

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