Digitize Wood Network Meeting

May 13, 2022, 2:00 p.m. (CEST)


Time: May 13, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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In the fourth network meeting, Katrin Jonas, reports on TESSA, a software-based system for designing complex architectural surfaces. The core of the software is the generation of families of arbitrary mosaic-like individual parts. For example, families of individual rectangles or triangles can generate closed surfaces using a growth model. The shape, curvature and size of the individual parts determine how well the global initial geometry matches or is abstracted from the generated shape.

Hans-Jakob Wagner's presentation focuses on robotic manufacturing. Although timber construction has been demonstrating the advantages of machine prefabrication for decades, modern multi-storey timber construction must struggle to keep up with the architectural and geometric possibilities of concrete construction, while meeting ecological and economic challenges. Can early digital integration of fabrication and joining requirements for structural components be a key to more efficient timber building systems?

The subsequent discussion will consider what possibilities TESSA's approaches hold for modular, on the one hand, and variable space developments, on the other, and what influence this can have on robotically manufactured timber construction.

Dr. Katrin Jonas is the founder of Tessalogic and develops the Building Systems division at Gropyus AG. Hans-Jakob Wagner is a Research Associate at the IntCDC Cluster of Excellence at the University of Stuttgart. 


Network Meeting of the Platform digitize wood
25 March 2022 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. (online, registration required)

  • Welcome and review on the last Network Meeting in January (German / English)

  • TESSA – Designing with families of parts
    (lecture will be in English)
    Dr. Katrin Jonas, Tessalogic und Gropyus AG

  • Projektbezogener robotischer Holzbau
    (lecture will be in German)
    Hans-Jakob Wagner, Doctoral Researcher at IntCDC / ICD

  • Discussion (German/English)



The network meeting will take place online. We kindly ask you to register at digitize-wood@intcdc.uni-stuttgart.de. An informal email will suffice.


About Digitize Wood

digitize wood is a platform for knowledge and innovation transfer between timber construction research at the IntCDC Cluster of Excellence and the timber construction industry in Baden-Württemberg.

In regular network meetings, digitize wood organises the two-way knowledge transfer between representatives from timber construction research at the IntCDC Cluster of Excellence and the timber construction industry, mechanical engineering, tool manufacturing, crafts and planning in Baden-Württemberg.

digitize wood is based at the Cluster of Excellence IntCDC at the University of Stuttgart and is funded by the Ministry of Rural Areas Baden-Württemberg (MLR) within the framework of the Holzbau-Offensive BW.


Moritz Mahlke, Technology and Innovation Transfer
Tel: +49 711 685-81127

Julia Mederus, Communication and Cooperation
Tel: +49 711 685-81208


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