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PhD defence, Dec 20: Torben Østergård

Torben Østergård will present and defend his thesis "Proactive Building Simulations for Early Design Support". All are welcome.


20.12.2017 kl. 11.00 - 20.12.2017 kl. 14.00



Simulations are commonly used to assess building performance with respect to energy demand and indoor environment. However, the use of performance simulations is limited during the early stages characterized by large uncertainties. This industrial Ph.D. study presents a novel simulation approach that relies on thousands of simulations representing the multidimensional design space. Interactive visualizations enable decision-makers to explore, in real-time, the vast design space and identify favorable solutions which satisfy the needs of different stakeholders. Sensitivity analysis helps reveal important design parameters that require the most attention when seeking to improve building performance. Fast metamodels facilitate immediate feedback on design changes and reduce time-consumption related to performance assessment. Ultimately, the work described in this thesis and on buildingdesign.moe.dk facilitates proactive guidance and supports collaboration between building owners, architects, engineers, and contractors. This helps the design team to create buildings with high performance and minimum costs.

Assessment committee:

  • Professor Per Heiselberg, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University (chairman)
  • Professor Jan Hensen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Director of BIG ENGINEERING, Duncan Horswill, Bjarke Ingels Group, Danmark


  • Associate Professor Olena Kalyanova Larsen, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University

PhD supervisors:

  • Supervisor Associate Professor Rasmus Lund Jensen, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University
  • Co- supervisor Steffen Enersen Maagaard, MOE

A small reception will be held after the defence in staff lunch room at MOE.




MOE, Mariane Thomsens Gade 1C, 8th floor (meeting room Strandbaren), 8000 Aarhus

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