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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. (FH) Laurenz Görres

Teaching activites and teaching concept



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Courses taught by Laurenz Görres


  • During my time as a postgraduate research associate I taught the following courses at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich (Germany):
    • cost estimation in the tender phase
    • cost estimation of construction equiment and machinery
    • cost estimation during the construction phase
    • underground engineering and special foundation works respectively
    • specifics of international and overseas construction projects
    • risk management
    • tunneling

  • As a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Biberach (Germany) I taught:
    • specifics of international and overseas construction projects

  • As an assistant lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences N√ľrnberg (Germany) I taught the following course at Master degree level:
    • specifics of international and overseas construction projects

  • Since February 2017 I have been teaching the following courses as a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden:
    • fabricating techniques (basics about construction machinery and manufacturing technology)
    • fabricating techniques of civil engineering and special foundation works
    • work preparation
    • time scheduling
    • time scheduling and contract regulations (handling of time related disputes)
    • organization of site management (duties of a site manager)
    • international project management (acquisition and tendering for international projects)
    • basic principles of international construction contracts (legal systems, FIDIC, NEC)

    The following courses can also be offered:
    • communication, mediation and arbitration for civil engineers
    • risk management

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General teaching concept for "Construction Management" by Laurenz Görres


What skills and knowledge does a "Construction Manager" need to have?

The following sketch may be useful for a student to get a better view on the necessary contents and courses of the subject "Construction Management". A lot of students believe that construction management is "easy to learn" and an "easy way" to become a construction or civil engineer. Both these ideas are false. A construction manager is a "generalist with a lot of special knowledge‚ÄĚ. To "survive on the construction site" he needs a really wide knowledge base and some specialist know-how in the following subjects: ¬†

  • machinery and process engineering
  • time scheduling
  • cost estimations and cost verifications
  • IT in construction management
  • site organization
  • contract and legal management
  • other issues related to construction management (e. g. construction economics or digitalisation)
  • project management

All these subjects are related to each other and interact with one another. It is like a huge puzzle. For students or young professionals just entering the job market this may not be so clear because it takes a lot of time, effort and experience to understand how the pieces of this puzzle fit together. The following diagram may help to illustrate this:

Learning concept for the subject area "Construction Management" (Source: illustration by Laurenz Görres) | click to enlarge



This teaching concept for "Construction Management" has the following content:


Contents for the subject "Construction Management" (Source: own drawing) | click to enlarge



Students need "soft skills" as well as "hard skills", which have to be trained. Demanding projects require more and more soft skills in order to be successfully completed.


Hard skills nd soft skills need to be trained (Source: own drawing) | click to enlarge



I offer training to students with simulations like the "Villego-Planspiel". It is a fun and playful training on "communication", "organisation", "leadership" and other skills and always offer the students a lot of fun.

How to build a house
out of Lego

completed Lego House

achieved results



How to find the right way from studying "Civil Engineering" to a challenging job as a Civil Engineer on a (maybe international) construction project?

Source: Own drawing by Laurenz Görres made with "bikablo" on flipchart A0 (17.09.2018) | click to enlarge.


Date of last edit webpage: March 2022 / June 2021

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