Lecturer (assistant)
Duration2 SWS
TermWintersemester 2023/24
Language of instructionGerman
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Admission information


After participating in the module, students understand the world of work of an engineer working on scaffolding with the challenges to be there such as special questions related to the calculation methods, design requirements, and effects of the very special structural design of such structures. Participants can apply the current standards to typical questions. The course provides the ability of static and structural analysis of scaffolding joints, shear stiffness, the connecting means and gives knowledge of structural detailing. The participants will be able to apply scaffolding in bridge constructions, for construction methods, for controlling and checks on site – directly for projects in practice. The students will be able to create civil engineering documents for the site as well as to be able to analyse the causes of fault in case of collapse.


- Analysis, design and detailing of working and protective scaffolding. - Analysis, design and detailing of false work. - Connecting joints of support frames, shear stiffness of the scaffolds, - Scaffolding in bridge construction, documents for the construction site, testing and monitoring, - Construction methods for bridges, - fault analysis of collapsed scaffolding structures


Bachelor civil engeering. If there are not already absolved It is recommanded to attend simultaneous the compulsary subjects of the master studies steel construction

Teaching and learning methods

The course is a classic course in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, supplemented by blackboard and other notes. Due to the large bandwidth of the substance and the high cost of appropriate structural calculations for scaffolding structures by computer, the impart of the knowledge can essentially only be done in the context of a comprehensive overview of practical examples, insofar possibilities for interactive teaching methods within the available time scale (unfortunately) are very limited.


The performance is provided in the form of a written examination in which the students demonstrate that in the analysis of scaffolding and supporting scaffolding constructions basic relationships and important approaches can be detected and applied. The basics for appropriate calculation and design of scaffold constructions have to be explained. Questions must be answered based on the principles taught in the lecture and practical examples. The students should report about the key findings of the scaffolding, especially in regard to the received practical issues such as modelling, verifications, application-specific features, functional constructions etc. and answer the resulting questions. The duration of the exam is one hour and it takes place at the end of the second semester.

Recommended literature

Supplementary script of Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Hertle