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Funding Ministry

SUA - Smart Urban Areas is a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) within the ‘Export Initiative Environmental Protection’ (EXI)

Project Partner Expertise

Department of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University (RIM)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Nguyen Xuan Thinh (Head of Research Group)
Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Kuester-Campioni    (research assistant)
Dr. Mathias Schaefer                             (research assistant)


    •    3D-GIS and Laserscanning

    •    Remote Sensing

    •    Multivariate Statistics

    •    Modeling & simulation of water, energy, and micro-climate

    •    Digital Twins 

    •    Building Information Modelling (BIM) 

    •    Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)

    •    UAV-Technology

Tasks: Project-lead, project management, research

Wilo SE, Dortmund, Germany

Gero Boehmer (Director)


    •    International cooperation in project business

    •    Training

    •    Technology transfer

    •    Energy efficiency

    •    Digital networking in mega cities

Tasks: Technology transfer

Vingroup / Vinhomes, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tran Minh Trung (Deputy General Director of Vinhomes)


    •    Real-Estate Developer

    •    Multi-Sector Corporation and brand leader in the local market

    •    Building Management

    •    Support for legal steps

    •    Support for implementation procedures 

Tasks: Local project support and pilot building provider

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