Welcome to the BEMNext lab website!

The BEMNext lab is a (virtual) lab at Delft University of Technology, the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at the Department of Building and Structural Engineering.

BEMNext stands for the next generation of Built Environment Modelling (BEM). Built Environment Modelling deals with all forms of computation, modelling, analysis, simulation, optimisation of the built environment in its broadest form during the entire lifecycle. We would like to come to integrated systems for the complete lifecycle of objects in the built environment. Key for us is that they will serve the user’s processes in the best way possible.

More information about the vision, the four key research areas and the roadmap of the lab can be found in the BEMNext prospectus.


dr. ir. Jeroen Coenders (Research Leader)

Jeroen Coenders (1978) graduated from Delft University of Technology with honours in 2004 on Form Finding and Structural Optimisation. In 2011 he finalised his PhD research project on a next generation of structural design tools and developed NetworkedDesign. At the Faculty of Civil Engineering he co-founded and headed the Structural Design lab and BEMNext Lab, which served over 40 graduate students in the past five years.

After his graduation Jeroen joined Arup as a structural engineer. In his period with Arup he founded the computation team in Amsterdam and coordinated Virtual Design in Europe. Jeroen was involved in many large projects (such as the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower) for which he developed many tools and worked as project manager.

In 2013 he founded White Lioness technologies together with Anke Rolvink. To develop new software applications for designing, engineering and manufacturing industries.

Read Jeroens' publications on:
TU Delft
Research Gate
Google Scholar

Graduate Students

Our current graduate students are:

  • Bas van Nieuwenhuijsen Rapid Design Feedback by Parametric Tools for Engineering Processes (Faculty of Architecture)
  • Pascal Martens Additive manufacturing and topology optimisation of concrete building components
  • Lennart Wiltjer: A new concept for steel and closures of event venues
  • Maarten Mathot: A Knowledge Based Engineering approach to Automated, Structured Multi-Disciplinary Analysis of building models
  • Siyu Li: Solar Chimney
  • Evelijn Vink: Graphic statics
  • Erwin Jacobs: Structural consolidation of historic monuments by interlocking cast glass components
  • Aurinke Vos: A parametric design tool for double curved roof structures

Student Assistants

  • Niels Hofstee
  • Michou Mureau
  • Vicente Plaza Gonzalez


  • Elizabeth Snowdon: Pieters Bouwtechniek
  • Niels Hofstee: IMd


Graduated students:

  • Pawel Baran: 3D printed canal house [2016]
  • Christopher Magan: Topology optimisation guided by manufacturability [2016] download
  • Xue Zhengyu: Pretensioned cable-strut roof [2016] download
  • Sander Lamping: Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) [2016]
  • Stavroula Schoina: Performance-based form finding and material distribution of free form roof structures [2016]
  • George Xexakis: Heat loss estimation of the Prêt-à-Loger house through calibrated simulations [2015] download
  • Arie Bovenberg: StructuralComponents 4 [2015] download
  • Wojciech Pruszkowski: Steel grid shells stress-based sizing optimisation [2015] download
  • Guido Slobbe: Structural optimisation of reinforced concrete [2015] download
  • Steven van Eck: Optimisation of the natural frequencies of a solar updraft tower under dynamic wind excitation [2015] download
  • Arnaud van der Veen: 3D printing of a house [2014] download
  • Sridevi Koonath Surendran: Embodied optimisation tool [2014] download
  • Floris van Alem: Standardisation of buildings [2014]
  • Dion Jansen: Interactive Distributed Design Optimisation for Multidisciplinary Design [2014] download paper
  • Jorn van der Steen: Computational Reuse Optimisation [2014] download paper
  • Anastasios Kokkos: Design for Deconstruction [2014] download
  • Conor Hayes: Building designers & material sustainability (MSc Cambridge University) [2013]
  • Eoin Dunphy: Study and comparison of Shell Design Codes [2013] download
  • Bastiaan van de Weerd: StructuralComponents - A Client-Server Software Architecture for FEM-Based Structural Design Exploration [2013] download
  • Peter Eigenraam: Flexible mould for production of double curved concrete elements [2013] download
  • Veronika Heidegger: EnergyFacade - Operational Energy Optimisation Tool for Conceptual Facade Design [2013] download paper
  • Alex Christodoulou: Parametric Massing Optimization Tools [2013]
  • Joost Lauppe: Reinforcement Toolbox, a parametric reinforcement modelling tool for curved surface structures [2012] download
  • Roel van de Straat: Parametric modelling of architectural developables [2011] download
  • Tijl Uijtenhaak: Communicating design options [2011] download paper
  • Johan de Haan: The effect of human error on structural robustness [2011] download
  • Anke Rolvink: StructuralComponents2.0 [2010]

Finished interns:

  • Tessa Ruseler: Knippers Helbig
  • Jelle Dijkema: Arup
  • Evelijn Vink: Arup
  • Rene da Costa: IV Consult