SPITZKE student competition.

Learn, experience, win!

Plan and design by yourself.

It’s that time again! The SPITZKE student competition is entering its fifth round.

SPITZKE carries out new construction, repair and maintenance of railway systems across Europe as a system supplier. Through the SPITZKE student competition, you also have the opportunity to get up close. Tackle the project challenge and secure the commission.

Do you study civil engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering or mechatronics? Then challenge the winning university from the last student competition. Win the SPITZKE trophy for you and your university.

The task 2022

— Analysis of effectiveness and efficiency in the execution of a corridor project of SPITZKE SE

— Presentation and comparison of ancillary services – What needs to be considered during preparation?
— Requirements and framework conditions for the construction companies
— Many trades and a high proportion of services – How can this be solved?
— Assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of a corridor project – What are the risks and opportunities?

Who? How? What? When? Where?

Processing period: April 15th – August 31st, 2024

Award ceremony: InnoTrans – Friday, Sept. 27th, 2022

Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 10th, 2022

Participant eligibility: Students studying civil engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, machine engineering or mechatronics.

Register at: wettbewerb@spitzke.com. You can also receive further information by phone at +49 33701 901-20333.

The reigning champion

On September 23, 2022, the best submission from the competition was chosen at InnoTrans 2022. The winner is Johanna Huck from the TU in Braunschweig. The two supervisors of Johanna Huck’s master’s thesis, Bastian Ehrenholz and Friedrich Stule, were there on her behalf, as she not only took part in the SPITZKE student competition, but also wrote her master’s thesis based on the competition task.

With her outstanding work, she was able to prevail against the equally strong competition. This means that the challenge cup went to the same university for the third time in a row – the TU Braunschweig has once again defended its title.

Registration guarantees you:

— The chance to win cash and material prizes — Participation in the awards ceremony at InnoTrans 2022 — ETCS points* for your studies — Exchanges with SPITZKE’s experts — Insights into the planning and implementation of new construction and maintenance of railroad facilities (*points allocated only after consultation with your university)

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Overview of the last few years


— Creation of a concept for the implementation of BIM projects in track construction using the example of the track extension in Großbeeren
— Presentation of the challenge as well as the advantages and disadvantages of BIM
— Modeling of the track systems
— Target/​actual comparison of the track system
— Additional task: Drafting a quantity increase and quantity reduction and carrying out a comparison of the tender quantities with the billing quantities

Winner: Johanna Huck, TU Braunschweig


— Design and plan a superstructure and substructure for a double-track section
— Calculate the line layout of track cants, ramps, transition curves, curve 2
— Cross-section drawing of straight and maximal track cants
— Conceive a route plan
— Additional tasks: Create a model of the cross section

Winner: Jannick Wagner, TU Braunschweig


— Compare the conventional execution of services to the execution using an assembly line method based on a real superstructure project
— The comparisons of the two technologies should especially focus on the areas of time-required, costs and the environment
— The goal is to determine which technology ensures the highest possible availability of the track, the resource personnel, which is consistently growing in relevance, is also to be included.

Winner: Torben Jähnsch, TU Braunschweig


— Extension and expansion of the tracks at the Großbeeren site
— Work out a complex offer based on a tender document
— New construction of 4 tracks & 4 switches with a total length of 1,262 m

Winner: Jade Hochschule Oldenburg