234.183 Parametric Tools for Structural BIM Design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, SE, 2.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe:

Methods and software for structural design in the early planning phases

Methods and software for parametric design in early planning phases

Methods for applying interfaces for data transfer from analytical models in Grasshopper to architectural models in BIM software and finite element method software

Which processes and data structures are necessary to carry out a structural design optimization

Subject of course

This course is offered to students of architecture and civil engineering.

Part 1: Theoretical Basics - Basics of Rhino and Grasshopper software

Part 2: Presentation of the optimization script for a predefined construction task

Part 3: Interdisciplinary modeling and optimization

Part 4: Interfaces and Data Exchange Grasshopper to BIM and FEM

Part 5: Presentation of the projects developed by the students

Teaching methods

Demonstration of a concrete script

Modeling and optimization

Presentation of models by students

Working in interdisciplinary teams

The tasks of this course are offered on the basis of the course Integrated BIM Design Lab.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Tue09:00 - 17:0016.11.2021Hörsaal 15 Input Lecture + Grasshopper Workshop
Wed09:00 - 17:0017.11.2021Hörsaal 15 Karamba Workshop + Optimierungsmodelle
Tue09:00 - 15:0023.11.2021 Hörsaal 15Präsentation Optimerungsaufgabe + Script Workshop
Wed09:00 - 15:0024.11.2021 Hörsaal 15Präsentation Finales Script + Ergebnisse

Examination modalities

Grundkenntnisse in Grasshopper sind von Vorteil

Es wird eine Schulung im Zuge der LV angeboten

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.08.2021 00:00 07.12.2021 23:59 07.12.2021 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 265 Civil Engineering Not specified
066 505 Civil Engineering Science Not specified
610 FW Elective Courses - Civil Engineering Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of Grasshopper is an advantage

Training is offered as part of the course


  • Attendance Required!