Excursions are an integral part of the examination regulations of our study programmes. Our professors are happy to use their industry contacts to provide students with practical insights. On the doorstep in Stuttgart there are a large number of highly interesting building projects for day excursions. But our student groups also undertake trips to the Far East.

Bulgaria: Motorway Hemus and Sofia

In summer 2019 an excursion to Bulgaria took place under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carola Vogt-Breyer and Prof. Dr.-Ing. The aim was to demonstrate typical civil engineering solutions in road and urban infrastructure development on the basis of large construction projects in Bulgaria. The technical programme included a visit to the partner university (UACEG) and the planning office of STRABAG / ZÜBLIN in Sofia. The supporting programme consisted of city tours in Sofia and Plodiv and impressions of Bulgarian culture and history.

The first site inspection took place at the Hemus motorway construction site between Jablanitza and the Boaza motorway junction. The Hemus motorway will in future connect the capital Sofia with the port city of Varna on the Black Sea coast. As the route crosses the Balkan Mountains in long sections, innovative construction methods are being used. These were presented by the contractor Hydrostoy, who also inspected the newly installed mobile asphalt mixing plant. A structurally demanding dam wall made of precast concrete elements with integrated drainage was inspected and finally a rock blasting was demonstrated.

At the partner university in Sofia the next site visit was introduced by a lecture of Prof. Yulian Totev. In this context, a tour of the new metro line was organized by the planning office "Trace Group Hold" at two stations of metro line 3. Here two different tunnel construction methods were used: the new Austrian method and the cut-and-cover method, which is known in Bulgaria as the "Milanese method".

Eine Gruppe von Studierenden mit Warnwesten
Civil Engineering
Austria and Italy: Brenner Base Tunnel, Innsbruck and Verona

In the summer of 2018, an excursion to Austria and Italy accompanied by Prof. Fritz Grübl and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silvia Weber took place with a total of 40 students. The aim was to study large, future-oriented projects from various fields of civil engineering. The first station was the Zugspitze cable car, which currently holds three world records: highest steel construction support for aerial tramways (127 m), overcoming the largest total height difference in one section (1,945 m) and longest free span (3,213 m). After the descent, the tunnel construction site of the Brenner base tunnel, which will be the longest underground railway connection in the world (64 km), was visited. The individual equipment and procedures were explained by Prof. Grübl.

The journey continued to Italy, the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Verona impressed with its historical buildings. The famous Arena, the Castelvecchio Castle and the Ponte Scaligero segmental arch bridge were visited. In Padua the second oldest university in Italy, the Palazzo del Bo and the chair of Galileo Galilei were visited.

An inconspicuous cemetery in the village of San Vito d' Altivole is a place of pilgrimage for architecture fans and concrete technologists. Here is the grave of the Brion family, designed by the Venetian star architect Carlo Scarpa in exposed concrete.

Back in Austria, the city of Innsbruck was visited. Here the special works of the Iraqi star architect Zara Hadid are to be emphasized. The artistically curved ski jump "Bergiselschanze", the valley station and the bridge over the Inn River represent architectural masterpieces in the idyllic Alpine panorama.

Further entries from the Guinness Book of Records were visited in Reutte and Rottach. In Reutte the longest rope suspension bridge in the world (406 m) was built. In Rottach, the world's longest bridge made of textile concrete until 2007.

Report Stable Whisper 50, October 2018

Civil Engineering
China: Imperial and Summer Palace, Beijing Daxing and Great Wall of China

In recent years, China has expanded and modernized its technical infrastructure in an impressive manner - with an incredible speed of implementation. Not only the New Silk Road is impressive - a gigantic infrastructure project with which China is trying to reorganize the global trade routes. The country's infrastructure is also digital, modern and networked: All major cities in the giant empire are connected by express train, which offers a real alternative to air travel. In the megacities there is an excellently developed public transport system that can be used with simple ticket solutions.

So there are enough reasons to explore China on the spot. The excursion in May 2019 was initiated, planned and carried out by Prof. Dr. Sabine Rein, who once again offered students the opportunity to compare their learning experiences at the HFT with their on-site experiences in China. This time 21 students of the Bachelor's programme in Infrastructure Management travelled to the Middle Kingdom. The program included exploring Beijing using local transportation, visiting companies and giving presentations at Bosch on Smart City projects in China. The group also had the opportunity to visit the production facility of "Beijing Benz" - a joint venture between BBAC and Daimler - and talk to managers and expats there. The delegation was again warmly welcomed by the HFT partner university BJUT, where they had the opportunity to talk to students and professors and were invited to experience this traditional Chinese sport together with a Tai Chi master. They took the express train to Tianjin to visit the famous Binhai Library. China not only uses sensational architecture like the Binhai Library to develop structurally weak regions. The gigantic Expo in the Beijing metropolitan area is also part of the development of the infrastructure and was also on the varied programme. Germany was also represented at the Expo! The supporting programme of this professional excursion always gave the opportunity to experience Chinese culture: the Great Wall of China and the old town of Beijing were part of it as well as the enjoyment of typical Chinese food. In the run-up to the event, while still in Germany, an intercultural training course was attended to sensitize the student group to cultural differences between Germany and China.

Eine Parkanlage mit Blumen und ein Gebäude im asiatischen Baustil
Infrastructure Management
Überlingen: Lake Constance water supply and Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Fischer travelled to Überlingen on Lake Constance in May 2019 with 25 ISM students. They visited the Zweckverband Bodenseewasserversorgung (drinking water treatment and transport facilities near Spillingen), the drinking water reservoir Kleine Kinzig (near Alpirsbach in the Black Forest) and the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen and a traffic construction project near Überlingen.

Möwen am Meer
Infrastructure Management
Dresden: building construction sites and civil engineering works

In the excursion week 2019, the destination for the participating students of industrial engineering and construction and real estate was: Dresden. Accompanied by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hirschner and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Falk Huppenbauer, numerous building and civil engineering projects were visited.

The first construction site inspection took place on the journey to Dresden and was dedicated to the construction site Talbrücke Heidingsfeld of Ed. Züblin AG - a classic engineering structure. In Dresden, the students were then able to inform themselves about the important historical buildings - such as the Frauenkirche and the Zwinger - during an architectural city tour. In addition, a high-rise building site of the Köster Bau company, the Marschner Straße residential tower, was visited. Here, the students were able to gain a direct insight into a construction site that is being implemented using lean management methods. Afterwards the production of the brick factory of EDER GmbH in Freital was visited. On the way back, a tour of the Goldbeck Ost company in Treuen, which manufactures prefabricated elements for buildings, was also included.


Innenhof eines Schlosses
WBI - Construction and real estate