The Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) is the federal authority of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The headquarters of the BAW are in Karlsruhe, another office is located in Hamburg.

Our core task is to provide consultancy to the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration on all issues relating to waterways engineering, especially giving expert opinions regarding structures and equipment of the waterways infrastructure.

One of our great assets is that we adopt an integrated approach to waterways engineering issues. We thus ensure that all technical aspects are comprehensively taken into account in the solutions.

At the BAW, the following departments work hand in hand:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering in Inland Areas
  • Hydraulic Engineering in Coastal Areas
  • Ship Technology

When planning a lock, for example, a multitude of parameters have to be factored in and agreed between the different disciplines: the selection of an appropriate filling and emptying system with an optimised hydrotechnical design, the safe embedment of the structure in the ground, its effects on groundwater levels, the statically efficient construction, the use of ap-propriate materials and the hydraulic steel equipment need to be matched appropriately. The complexity of the tasks calls for a strong team. The BAW has developed a unique network of competence and skills in waterways engineering by integrating all relevant sub-disciplines.

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