Digital Twins for Cities
  • German
  • Munich
  • Blended
  • February/March 2024
  • 6 days in 3 weeks
  • 3750 €, Discounts available




The Digital Twins of a city are a virtual image of buildings, streets and entire urban districts and their environment. A multitude of data from a wide variety of sources complements the Digital Twins to form a valuable planning instrument that can provide up-to-date information and forecasts at any time.

A great advantage is the simple and clearly understandable visualisation of complex calculation results in the models. In this way, they provide reliable support for citizen participation and decisions on improving mobility flows, meeting climate targets, developing new construction areas or implementing security concepts.

The group of participants is limited to a maximum of 20 people and is made up of executives and project managers from the fields of urban planning, engineering and architecture offices, municipalities, surveying and geodesy as well as business development Smart City.

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The following questions are discussed in this certificate course:

  • What are Digital Twins for Cities?
  • What standards are there?
  • What data are included?
  • How can the Digital Twins for Cities be used?
  • What are the components of Digital Twins for Cities?
  • User examples – who currently uses the Digital Twins for Cities and for what is it used?
  • What digital methods are available to the interested person?
  • How do urban planning, asset management and energy / mobility use the Digital Twins for Cities?
Digital City Modelling

Modern solar potential analyses allow the evaluation of facade surfaces and the consideration of shading effects from buildings, vegetation and terrain. As the jointly developed solution of TUM and Virtual City Systems GmbH shows, the potentials can be balanced monthly and displayed and evaluated for each individual building.

Digital Building Information and Modelling (BIM)

The new worlds of Building Information Modeling (IFC) and Urban Information Modeling (CityGML) are growing together, as demonstrated by the visualization of BIM models in the context of the semantic 3D city model of Berlin by Virtual City Systems GmbH.

Application (Mobility, Environment and Housing)

Web-based 3D city models, as shown here in the example of Rotterdam, can be expanded into data hubs and can be linked to real-time sensor systems for traffic events

Aim of this course

This training programme shows how interdisciplinary solutions can be combined to create a virtual city model – the Digital twin. The Digital Twin serves as a basis for decisions regarding sustainability, security and quality of life in the built environment.

  • Presentation of innovative methods from the fields of civil engineering, geoinformation and urban planning
  • Assessing digital networking opportunities and emerging new business models
  • Getting to know digital methods of analysis across themes and scales
  • Development of individual solution strategies for complex urban issues
  • Building a network for future activities

For more information regarding the course content, please have a look at the agenda:

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  • Program: Digital City - Modeling, Analyzing & Deciding
    for urban planning, construction and smart applications
  • Certificate: After successful completion of the course, participants are awarded a certificate from the Technical University of Munich.
  • Academic Responsibility: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas H. Kolbe
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Petzold
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Borrmann
  • Language: German
  • Location: Online and on Campus (Munich)
  • Program
    Participants should have relevant work experience of at least 2 years and ideally a higher education degree or a degree from a university of applied sciences.
  • Structure: 2 modules in a total of 6 days (part-time)
  • Dates: Module 1, online: February 19th, 20th, 23rd, and March 4th, 2024 (09:00 to 15:30)
    Module 2, on-site in Munich: March 7th and 8th, 2024 (09:00 to 17:30)
  • Target Group: Executives and project managers working in town planning and architecture
    Employees responsible for planning at communal institutions
    Experts within the fields of Smart City, measurement and geoinformation
  • Program Fee: 3,750,- €*
  • Discounts: 10% discount for TUM Alumni and members or employees of our strategic cooperation partners (see below).

*Based on our experience, the German tax benefits help many of our participants to self-finance their education as these can be worth of up to 50% of tuition fees and program related travel costs. Please, consult your personal tax advisor for more details. For participants of our programs residing outside Germany this might be applicable, please check the situation with the local tax authorities in your country of residence.

Our Lecturers

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  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas H. Kolbe, Chair of Geoinformatics, TUM
  • Markus Mohl, City of Munich, Municipal Department, Geodata Service
  • Jarmo Suomisto, HELSINKI 3D+, City of Helsinki
  • Klaus Illigmann, Head of Department for Urban Planning and Building Regulations, Munich


  • Prof. André Borrmann, Chair of Computational Modeling and Simulation, TUM
  • Prof. Frank Petzold, Chair of Architectural Informatics, TUM


  • Dipl.-Ing. Markus Hochmuth, BIM und Digital Engineering Solutions, OBERMEYER Planen + Beraten GmbH
  • Ludwig Hoegner, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, TUM
  • Jürgen Utz, DGNB Academy


  • Dr. Stefan Trometer, Virtual City Systems
  • Prof. Dr. Silja Hoffmann, Universität der Bundeswehr München


  • Christian Veldhuis, Municipality of Rotterdam
  • Michael Mühlhaus, urbanistic
  • Dr. Gerhard Schubert, Chair of Architectural Informatics, TUM


The program was developed in cooperation with the Leonhard Obermeyer Center of TUM, CADFEM, Virtual City Systems GmbH, DGNB Akademie and Bayerische Architektenkammer.


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On-campus courses and Covid-19

We look forward to resuming our on-campus Certificate Programs within the first months of 2022 and to welcoming many of our participants in person. However, we will continue to follow safety-measures and restrictions introduced to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic. This may require that we deliver some modules in a virtual or blended format. We will ensure registered participants are kept informed about any changes required and will strive to provide a safe environment and a seamless learning experience. If you have any questions about the current situation, please do not hesitate to contact one of our program managers.




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