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Kiwa tBU GmbH
The well known and globally acting Institut für textile Bau- und Umwelttechnik (TBU) joined Kiwa Deutschland.

Since its inception in 1992, the Institute focuses on the testing of geosynthetics and technical textiles - in close cooperation with the manufacturers and the university of applied science of Münster.



Tensinet is a European project, established and financed by the European Commission.

The project is coordinated by the Free University of Brussels.

The consortium of Tensinet consists of 22 members who represent the 9 EC states. The membership represent the complete range of Textile Construction (multidisciplinary from heavy weaving via coaters and fabricators to engineering and architectural offices) and universities and further specialized organisations which cover the subject of membrane construction.

Within the subject network, the members wish to make the complete know-how of the industry accessible. Tensinet collects, structures and analyzes the specific know-how of the different disciplines and integrates the collected know-how into a corresponding data base.

The presented projects and products shall stimulate a multifaceted examination of the lightweight design, the architecture and spatial structural principles:

They show distinctive light and membrane installations, permanent textile architectures and temporary exhibition buildings for exhibitions and events.

IMS e.V.
The aim of the IMS – Institute for Membrane and Shell Technologies - was as it is still today to establish an independent research institute, where research and development, teaching new construction methods, especially related to membrane and net constructions, shell technologies, as well as energy-saving building, is the focal point.

With the nomination of Prof. Off to the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau, Germany in 2003, the foundation for the cooperation between the Anhalt University and the IMS has been laid and the vision of an international study course “Membrane Structures” became reality.

By merging both chairs in a symbolic act in 2001, Werner Sobek reunited two disciplines, architecture and engineering, which have been increasingly separated over the last two centuries.

In both its research and its teaching activities, the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart merges the architectural subject areas of design and form with the engineering fields of analysis, construction, and material science.

Following a highly interdisciplinary approach, the institute focuses on the conceptual and crossmaterial development of all types of building technologies and structural systems.The scope of work spans from textile and glass construction, to new possibilities in steel and pre-stressed concrete design, to ultra-lightweight structures using adaptive systems.

The Laboratory of Lightweight Structures in Essen/Gernany

• Mechanical properties of technical membranes

• bi-axial tensile tests

• Standardized tests

• Special tests

• State provisions on membrane structures

• Degree of ageing of plastics

• Determination of header conditions

• Evaluation of membrane structures and their details

Professorship "design and structural design" of the University Weimar
The holistic considerated dealing with architectural issues is the focus of the work of professorship “designing and bearingstructure”. For the team, the construction of a building and the creation of its details are also an artistic statement as the form of the building , its internal organization , its dealing with energy issues and its interaction with the environment. Depending on respective trend, this concept can have greater economic , political , social, technical or aesthetic priorities.
MEng program "Membrane Lightweight Structures"
The postgraduate MEng program "Membrane Lightweight Structures" prepares postgraduate students to work in the fastidious field of building with membranes, providing a profound knowledge for a qualified activity in architects' and engineers' offices, at implementing companies in the private sector as well as in the public sector. The modular postgraduate program may also form a basis for a further scientific qualification in a following doctoral thesis.

The substantial goal is to provide graduates with adequate tools and an understanding of appropriate technologies in the field of fabric architecture and fabric engineering.

ITRS - Industrieverband Technische Textilien – Rollladen – Sonnenschutz e.V.
ITRS is the leading association for the manufacturer of the affiliated industries and represents the interests of nearly 200 member companies in technical, economic, technical , social, political and legal issues as permitted by law.


Network "Technische Textilien im Bauwesen"
The network project "Technical Textiles in Construction" provides a platform especially for companies and research-/educational insittutions from the Münsterland, which deal with technical textiles in construction.

The network of partners should help to exploit synergies, to develop innovations , to share knowledge and to demonstrate competence.

This is intended to encourage and support competitiveness and economic success of all partners.