The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a polytechnic university and school of engineering. It was founded in 1829 at the initiative of Hans Christian Ørsted (the founder of electromagnetism) as Denmark’s first polytechnic, and it is today ranked among Europe’s leading engineering institutions. Located in the town Kongens Lyngby just north of central Copenhagen, its Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering is called DTU Construct. DTU Construct develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society and the sustainable development. DTU Construct undertakes research, education, innovation, and scientific advice of the highest quality within building design and processes, building construction and safety, building energy and services, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, materials technology, manufacturing engineering, engineering design and thermal energy systems. Along with École Polytechnique in Paris, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology, Technical University of Munich and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, DTU is a member of EuroTech Universities Alliance.
The Principal Investigator for the BIM2TWIN project on behalf of DTU is Jochen Teizer, a Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) where his research seeks injury-free, lean, and green construction work environments. He earned a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and a Dipl.-Ing. from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2002. Prof. Teizer is the Director of the Construction Automation and Information Technologies Laboratory at DTU and Vice-President Industry Membership and Outreach for the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC). He held visiting research positions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), Osaka University (Japan), Technical University Munich (Germany), and Technical University Innsbruck (Austria). The Construction Industry Institute (CII) recognized Prof. Teizer with a Distinguished Professor award and Curriculum Partner award in 2011. FIATECH selected him twice for the Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation (CETI) award (2011 and 2018), among these is the Self-Monitoring Alert and Reporting Technology (SmartHAT). Among Prof. Teizer’s past honors is IAARC’s Tucker-Hasegawa Research award. With over 250 peer-reviewed publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings and numerous academic and construction industry teaching and research awards, Prof. Teizer also serves as a visionary and consultant for the industry.
DTU contributes to BIM2TWIN by leading WP5 on “Digital Twins for Occupational Safety and Health (OHS) of Workers” and contribute to other closely related WPs.
In WP5, DTU has a strong theoretical and practical background in:
- Construction safety, health and wellbeing
- Human behaviour, rule language in information modelling;
- Digital Twins;
- Automation and robotics;
- Human-machine interaction.