Proposal: Batchelor Level: The typical Danish 2010, 2015 and 2020 building

Every time a student or researcher, also companies, have to find the demand for a typical building, they struggle with finding a good example to base the dimensioning on. Old buildings behave very different  but the new buildings behave probably rather similar for the main building body and the main energy system, as for the user influenced parts of the energy system, the variation is rather large. We will focus on the first part.

The aim of this Diploma Thesis is to find the energy demand for typical Danish buildings of different types for the 2010, 2015 and 2020.

You will have to describe the buildings (generic to cover as many as possible buildings variation in a few types), in CAD and BIM.

You will build up an advanced model for each type and compute the time series in hourly, possible other time intervals.

You publish the whole to the Internet for students and researchers to use.

Additional ideas: We can use cluster analysis and similar on big data sets to support your modelling work.

If your are interested, contact (Al)Fred Heller.

Proposal: Knitting all together – BIM with GIS, Smart Cities (CIM), Big Data, Sensors (IoT) …

With step-up in the Building Smart, we could work on, how the many data from BIM can be put into relation to other data in GIS systems, City Information Systems (CIM), from Big Data pools and much more. This vision is defined at the Building Smart web site:

Take a look and work with us, evt. in the Vidensby project on Lyngby Smart Cities – data platform.

Please contact me.

Proposal: Lyngby Smart City Data Portal (Project framework)

Under “Vidensbyen” partners for the Lyngby Smart Cities activities have agreed on a cooperation that opens for many possible projects for students in the area of smart cities, big data, GIS, BIM, renovation projects, city planing and much more.

The project will be very dynamic. Hence you ought to ask for current activities to join. The projects will involve partners from industries, from the municiplaity and other partners. (see patner list on the home page of Vidensbyen)—Smart-Data-Portal.aspx

PS: Newest building energy mark report for DK:

Proposal: Infrared cameras for occupancy detection

Using cameras in public places does lead to conflicts with privacy. This may not be the case using infrared cameras. We have installed such a camera at DTU campus and we would like to work with the data from the camera to count people in a building, how people move around and such like.

One source for infra-red camera could come from the control system at the library section of DTU. Here we have an alternative counter system that could be used for comparison and validation.

Are you programmer, or software developer, or you are able to do picture analysis, then this project would be relevant for you. Please contact me.

Proposal: Sensorer og RFID kombineres med BIM

I samarbejde med MT Højgaard forsøger vi at udvikle vores tanker omkring smarte sensorer og RFID i kombination med BIM. Er det muligt at placere sensorer i BIM, at få deres data overført ind i BIM? Kan vi udnytte BIM til at etablere et smart brugergrænseflade for driftsansvarlige?

Der er mange sprøgsmål: I dette projekt tager vi de første skridt i denne retning og forsøger at koble sensorer og RFID som er placeret i bygninger til deres rigtige sted i BIM. Vil du være den der flytter denne udvikling, så kontakt os.

Bemærk at Bjarne Saxhof Fond har støttet de aktiviteter der har ført til nuværend vidensniveau på området.

Proposal: Building as a Service (BaaS)

With respect to make the next generation intelligent building automation, Germany is proposing the following software infrastructure project – Building as a Service (BaaS) – We are looking for software geeks that can help us with analyzing and implementing what is possible.

The BaaS system aims to optimize energy performance in the application domain of “non-residential buildings, in operational stage. In the building operational life-cycle three significant tasks have to be continuously performed:

  • collect information and assess the buildings current state
  • predict the effect that various decisions will have to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • optimize performance.

A generic ICT-enabled system will be developed to provide integrated assess, predict, optimize (APO) services that guarantee harmonious and parsimonious use of available resources.

You find the project at and the software part at

Please contact me.

Proposal: City and Buildings Renewable Energy Potentials

You work with 3D on a city level that has developed a lot during the last years. A first project was sketched by by Lærke and Mads in 2012. The city of Copenhagen has implemented it in a real data platform, amongst showing the solar potential for the buildings in Copenhagen and a open data service at

If you go further and enter the buildings, Google did a good job – See the Google Indoor “Maps” solution that has different names “Plan” “Indoor maps” …

The interest for further implementations of the ideas is broad. We are looking for students to follow up including BIM, GIS and other technologies, visualizations and app implementations.

You can also get inspiration from the solarvision project (Visualisation from this site).

Interested? Contact me – (Al)Fred Heller, DTU.

Proposal: Commissioning & BIM – DTU Building 202

DTU Campus Service is one of the frontrunner for commissioning and BIM. The newest project Building 202 is “state of the art” in these processes and there is a lot of knowledge to gain by being part of these processes.

We are looking for students that qualify

  • the commissioning process for the building
  • the BIM delivery process

If you having interested with respect to such processes, you will be part of the most ambitious building developments in our time in Denmark. We would prefer to have a team of students to do the work in combination.

We will be the right supervisors in close collaboration with DTU CAS, consultants and architects. Contact med for getting it started

Proposal: Building Energy Data Standards and Interoperability

There is happening a lot to get energy data standardized. For buildings the BEDES building energy data exchange format is developed and applied in tools like BuildingSynch. A visit to UC Berkeley or NREL would be natural within the CITIES consortium (having to find funding).

If your working with IT, interoperability through standardization, this would be the perfect project for you. In Denmark, work is going on at for the national DataHub.

The project would collect standardization efforts national and international and find standards that could be useful for the building energy data collection and exchange and implement it. Similar work for electricity and other sources could be supervised by colleagues from other departments.

Proposal: AutoDesk toolbox for 3D City modelling

Dear students – we have here a very interesting case where we want to model a whole city in 3D by applying a number of tools from AutoDesk. This way you really go to the limit of the tools. I am looking forward to work with you (2-3 students together), hopefully doing a master thesis, but any other project could help stepwise. As you see below this project can evolve from a special course to a set of coordinated Master projects. Hence you are part of shaping the project/s.

The toolbox and workflow for the project could look like this:

Step 1: InfraWorks 360 will be used to model the terrain and surroundings.

Step 2: FlowDesign will be applied for the modelling of water flows for the terrain and wind modelling in the following steps.

Step 3: FormIt, that is very similar to SketchUp could be used to model the basic buildings shapes.

Step 4: The primitive buildings designed by step 3 will be replaced by 3D-BIM models for the most relevant buildings in the area. For this purpose the FormIt models will be exported to Revit.

Step 5: Now we are ready to do analysis of solar impcat, neigbour building impact on daylight, wind and water impcat on the design and what ever you are able to handle in your project. For this purpose, Vasari has been redrawn by AutoDesk, hence we use the newest implementation of the merge between Ecotect and Revit.

PS: Naviswork will probably be involved to handle process data.

You could choose a completely different modelling package if you are able to do the same work efficiently. Let’s go and try.

Contact me if you feel this sounds exciting, Fred (Alfred Heller)
PS: We will certainly have backup by AutoDesk and relevant supervisors (The idea is defined by Palle Bisgaard, Betechdata, Glostrup).

Alternative wind modelling in CFD for urban areas:

Sketchup is getting better all the time: See city mapping:

 I would like somebody to find the edges for what we can to fast and evt. automated.