The project team

Romania - Politehnica University Timisoara

Lect. Dr. -Ing. Nicolae Andrei CRISAN is a lecturer within the Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics department of Politehnica University of Timisoara. He graduated in 2008 from Faculty of Civil Engineering and, in 2011, following a successful Ph.D. thesis defense he was awarded the Dr. -Ing. title. Since graduation, his focus is advanced numerical simulations applied for steel structures in seismic areas and lightweight structures made of cold formed steel. In recent years, BIM has become a big part of his research and, as a consequence, in 2021 the first BIM related course was introduced in a Romanian university. Besides the theoretical background and a BIM specific project, the course offers examples of BIM use cases from industry, presented by companies in an ongoing collaboration. 

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Daniel Grecea is Full Professor and Director within the Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics Department of Politehnica University of Timisoara. He graduated in 1983 from Faculty of Constructions in Timisoara and, in 1999, following a successful Ph.D. thesis defense held at INSA Rennes, France, he was awarded the Dr. -Ing. title. After 3 years in industry as Structural Engineer and 9 years in research activity, in 1994, he changed to a research and teaching career at Politehnica University of Timisoara. From 2007, he is researcher 1st degree at the Romanian Academy – Timisoara Branch. His works are mainly focused on Structural Engineering and Seismic Design of steel and composite structures. He is active in different research projects concerning steel structures, 

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Raul Zaharia Is currently Professor at the Department of Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics and Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Timisoara since 2016. His research activities are focused on Fire design, Steel and Composite Structures, Thin-walled cold-formed steel structures. 

He is involved in the CEN standardization activity, being member of CEN/TC250 Working Groups SC3/WG2, SC4/WG2 and Convenor of SC1/WG4. 

PhD. Stud. Arch. Eng. Stefanie KAISER is an architect and engineer currently pursuing her PhD in the Department of Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics at the Politehnica University of Timisoara. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in architecture, which she completed in 2021, and a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, which she completed in 2022, all from the same institution. Her doctoral research centers on improving sustainability through Digital Building Permit systems, with a particular emphasis on areas such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), digitalization, and sustainable building practices.

Lect. Dr. -Ing. Anca Moscovici is a university lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Timișoara Teaching Geodesy, Cadastre, Theory of Geodetic Topographical Measurements, is responsible for practical activities with students internships and summer schools, participation in conferences and organization of conferences.

She is also a researcher involved in the field of land measurements, being national vice president for the West Country region within the Union of Geodesists in Romania. BIM is the field it brings to the attention of those in geodetic engineering

Dr. Moscovici is authorized with Category D to execute projects and works in the fields of measurements.

Assist. Prof. Arch. Oana Banescu is an architect and tutor at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, with a main interest in architectural theory and concept design. She graduated in 2013 and has since been engaged in both practical and theoretical activities. She is also a member of the National Architects’ Order (OAR).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. -Ing. Adrian Dogariu is an associate Professor in Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics Department of Politehnica University Timisoara. Dr. Dogariu's expertise lies in retrofitting techniques and numerical modeling of steel, concrete, and masonry structures, contributing significantly to enhancing seismic resilience. He has a rich background in European research programs, with notable participation in: FP6 PROHITECH: Seismic Protection of Historical Buildings by Reversible Mixed Technologies, RFCS STEELRETRO: Steel Solutions for Seismic Retrofit and Upgrade of Existing Constructions, RFCS STEEL-EARTH: Seismic Retrofitting of Existing Structures Using Steel-Based Solutions.

Portugal - University of Coimbra

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Luís Simões da Silva coordinates the Research Centre at the University of Coimbra and has a large experience in linking  academic activities and the needs of companies. In his role as vice-rector at the University of Coimbra, he is responsible for the management of the Technology Transfer (UC Business) and he is in charge of a new educational initiative related to a new dual MSc course in Civil Engineering and Management.

Prof. Helena Gervásio is an integrated member of the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE), and Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra.

Her research activities are mainly focussing on the sustainability of construction works and on the development of methods and tools striving for a more sustainable society. In this context, her research topics are: Life cycle analysis of Structures and Infrastructures; Efficiency of resources in construction; and Digitalization. She is also a member of different national and international associations and technical committees focusing on the sustainability of structures.

PhD. Stud. Arch. Danielle Freitas is an architect, research fellow at Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE) and PhD student at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra. She completed a successful postgraduate specialization in BIM in 2022, acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of methodologies for applying BIM software in civil construction processes. Her research is mainly focused on the integration of  BIM, GIS and Life Cycle Analysis.

Germany - Bauhaus-Universitaet Weimar

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Christian Koch is concerned with the application of modern information and communication technology during the design, construction and the operation of civil infrastructure, such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, road and pipe networks. In this regard, methods of BIM, computer vision and machine learning as well as virtual and augmented reality are utilized to efficiently and sustainably inform decision makers. He is further Director of Studies Digital Engineering (consecutive Master's programme at BUW) and responsible for the further development of the course.

Jun-Prof. Dr. -Ing. Lars Abrahamczyk focuses on the system analysis of structures including derivation of suitable partial models, engineering consideration of coupling and interactions, recording and consideration of extreme and changing load conditions as well as avoidance or evaluation of collapse potential using latest technologies (tools of digital engineering). 

Jun.-Prof. L. Abrahamczyk maintains close contacts with` leading companies in structural engineering within various research projects and has experience in organization of Erasmus+ SP projects as well as multiplier events.

Ph.D. Candidate Melad Haweyou specializes in structural engineering, focusing on the dynamic response of buildings to lateral loading, code-compliant buildings, and structural health monitoring of buildings. With a background as a structural engineer and a BIM modeler.

Italy - University degli studi di Napoli Federico II

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Landolfo Raffaele has strong collaboration with several codification bodies and committees. He is recently appointed member of Project Team Leader of one of the task for reviewed version of EN 1998-1 - Evolution of the Structural Eurocodes. He was scientific coordinator of research units within international research projects , as well as of international teaching Activities. Since September 2007, he is chairman of the ECCS Technical Committee n.13 on Seismic Design. At national level, prof. Landolfo has been serving as member of the Seismic Committee within “Fondazione Promozione Acciaio” (since 2005), and the Steering Committee of the National Council of Steel Technicians “CTA” (since 2006).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. -Ing. Mario D'Aniello has been working in many national and international codification Committees. He worked within several international research projects, as well as of international teaching activities.

PhD. Stud. Arch. Silvia Costanzo is a professional architect, PhD and research fellow at the University of Naples Federico II, Department for Engineering and Architecture. Her research activities is mainly dealing with seismic design of steel structures with particular focus on concentrically and eccentrically braced frames, and beam-to-column joints.

PhD. Stud. -Eng. Roberto Carlevaris is trained as structural engineer. He is currently a PhD student in Structural, Geotechnical Engineering and Seismic Risk at University of Naples - Federico II. His research activities are mainly focused on multi-hazard assessment and design of steel and composite structures, and BIM methodology

Arh. Guido De Martino is a Professional Architect with wide experience in design and management as BIM specialist and BIM manager of many national and international projects. He also works in collaboration with PICA CIAMARRA ASSOCIATI - PCAint Srl (design firm based on multidisciplinary interactions, focused on eco-environmental, urban and territorial projects and also participated in several national and international competitions). He also collaborates with the University of Naples Federico II in many research and teaching activities.

Denmark - Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Assoc. Prof. Dr. -Ing. Jan Karlshøj is trained as an engineer and has a PhD degree in data and process modelling and an MBA in Mastering Technology. Jan has 20 years of experience in consulting engineering companies, 10 years in academia, and active in building SMART since 1997. Jan has participated in national and international projects related to specifying BIM requirements and implementation activities. Jan has been head of studies and currently head of section and responsible for a collaborative BIM course at DTU.

Assist. Prof. Kristoffer Negendah is trained as an architectural engineer and now employed as an assistant professor at the university. Kristoffer has been part-time employed at BIG architects during the employment at the university, where he has developed project-specific applications to solve engineering problems. Kristoffer has an analytic approach and can convert most challenges into computational problems that can be solved by scripting and visual programming. Kristoffer has experienced in training students in analysing problems and creating scripts or applications to solve the problem. Kristoffer is familiar with the design process and knowledgeable in sustainable design.

Assoc. Prof. Tim Pat McGinley is the head of MSc. Architectural design. Tim is trained as an architect and has experience from working in architectural companies as well as academic. He has professional experience from international projects in architectural companies and developed parametric models for facilitating the design process. Tim has been lecturing in Australia and is now an associate professor and recently been appointed a Head of MSc studies for Architectural Engineering. Tim has an international outreach and established a network in Denmark. Tim has revitalised the existing BIM courses by strengthening the focus on interoperability and continued LinkedIn activities.