All fundamental contents are open access to promote the efficient use of data and models whenever, where ever and whoever you are.

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The contents of this eBook primarily build on open-access and open-source software. Hints about how to work with commercial software (as used for example in many engineering offices) are sometimes provided in the form of good-to-know information and if no viable open-source or open-access alternative is known to the author. Students can get more information upon request in the lectures.


The classes target an international and interdisciplinary audience to foster work in versatile teams because diversity is not only enrichment, but also crucial for successful economic, socio-political, and scientific collaboration. Cultural diversity comes along with different solution strategies, which together lead to robust and elaborate approaches. This is why the classes supported by this eBook target all cultures and ethnic groups with their manifold backgrounds, ages, and beliefs.