Innovation Center Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Marx

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering Innovation Center is primarily dedicated to current research tasks for the maintenance and expansion of an optimally functioning rail and road network, with a focus on the modernization and digitization of existing structures. To this end, research is being conducted into processes and materials to make bridge and tunnel structures more efficient and at the same time to design these structures to be more durable and require less maintenance.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Marx

Dresden University of Technology
Institute for Solid Construction
DB Netz AG – Endowed Professorship for Civil Engineering
August-Bebel-Straße 30/30A
01219 Dresden

Short vita

Career stages:

  • since 2020 active as holder of the DB Netz AG - Endowed Professorship for Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Dresden
  • 2011 to 2020 Head of the Institute for Solid Construction at the Leibniz University Hannover
  • 2010 - 2011 Visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego
  • 2007 to 2010 active as honorary professor for measurement and test engineering at the Institute for Solid Construction at the Technical University of Dresden
  • 2001 to 2007 various managerial positions in project planning and execution at DE-Consult GmbH and DB ProjektBau GmbH
  • 1999 to 2001 worked as planning engineer and project manager at BGS Ingenieursozietät Dresden
  • 1999 Doctorate
  • 1995 to 1999 worked as a research assistant at the Bauhaus University Weimar
  • 1990 to 1995 Diploma studies at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering Weimar in the field of civil engineering, specialization structural engineering/ solid construction
  • since 2011 Founder and shareholder of Marx Krontal Partner, Ingenieurgesellschaft
  • since 2005 Membership and since 2019 Chairman of the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete e. V.
  • since 2005 jury member in several competition commissions for the award of prizes in bridge construction and civil engineering
  • since 2010 Membership in the scientific advisory board "Bautechnik
  • since 2014 Advisory Board of the Federal Foundation for Building Culture
  • since 2017 Membership of the scientific advisory board "Detail Structure

Research and development

  • Design developments for high-speed railroad bridges as well as wind turbines and their stability
  • Investigations of resonance effects and fatigue phenomena of concrete structures
  • Structural monitoring and experimental structural investigation
  • non-destructive detection and assessment of damage
  • Extending the service life of complex building structures through intelligent digitization ("digital models", "digital linking", "condition indicators")
  • Research into methods of recording, linking and evaluating a wide range of data (e.g. geometry, material, stress, aging) in the context of the preservation and rehabilitation of e.g. bridges and historic railroad facilities


  • Determination of the current stability and serviceability of structures or parts of structures as a basis for estimating the remaining useful life and cost planning
  • Investigations on bridge and building structures as well as on listed
  • protected structures
  • realistic determination of the boundary conditions for a planned
  • Change in the use of buildings
  • Carrying out force and displacement measurements
  • Determination of vertical loads (ceiling or joist tests)
    as well as horizontal loads (e.g. verification of the horizontal loading of railings)

Reference projects

  • Performance of fatigue tests on various concretes for an international construction company
  • Material investigations on a highway bridge in the course of a rehabilitation project of the line
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