Prof. Dr. Steffen Franke

Profile

Prof. Dr. Steffen Franke Dozent

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
    Bereich FDW
    Solothurnstrasse 102, Postfach
    2500 Biel 6

Activities

  • Professor for Timber Constructions and Static Design

  • Research and development

  • Teaching and coaching

  • Further education

Teaching

  • Bachelor Wood Technology

  • Master Wood Technology

  • Master of Sciences in Engineering (MSE)

  • Building Statics 4

  • Building Statics 5

  • Building dynamics

  • Timber Engineering 5

  • Finite Element Modelling

  • Stiffness Matrix

Research

  • Timber Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Structural systems

  • Material behaviour of wood

  • Mechanical connections

  • Finite Element Modelling

  • Structural Testing / Measuring and monitoring

  • Development of new products and methods

  • Project application and leading

  • Sensor development

  • Investigations with X-Ray

CV

  • 2001 - 2008 Research Associate Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
  • 2008 – 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Timber Design University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2011 - 2012 Research Associate Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
  • 2013 - 2014 Head of Master Programme Science in Engineering Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • 02.2012 - present Professor for Timber Constructions and Static Design Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • 1996-2001 Dipl.-Ing., Civil engineering Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
  • 2001-2008 Dr.-Ing. (PhD) in Timber Engineering Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany

Projects

  • Design tool for adhesively bonded timber joints (2012), SNF

  • Residual load-carrying capacity (2013), SBFI

  • Untersuchung von FBGS im Holzbau (2013), BFH

  • BSP-Hybrid (2014), KTI

  • Glued connections (2014), KTI

  • Machbarkeitsstudie Holzkompaktfassade (2014), KTI

  • Assessment of the residual load-carrying capacity of large span members in wood (2015), SBFI

  • lnvestigation and analysis of press glued connections for timber structures (2015), SBFI

  • Quality management of timber structures; Qualitätssicherung von Holztragwerken (2016), BAFU

  • Entwicklung eines zweiachsig tragenden Flachdeckensystems in Holzbauweise für hohe Beanspruchungen (2017), KTI

  • Schwingungen im Holzbau (2018), BFH

  • Entwicklung Feuchtesensorsystem (2018), BFH

  • Entwicklung Schwingungssensorsystem (2021), BFH

Memberships

  • Scientific committee member WCTE 2018 and 2020

  • Management Committee Member COST Action FP 1101

  • Expert and Working group member COST Action FP 1004

  • Expert and Working group member COST Action FP 1402

  • Expert and Working group member COST Action TU 1406

  • Member Working Commission W18 – Timber Structures of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction since 2004

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English - Professional working proficiency
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • New Zealand
  • Canada