Jens Brinkmann

(German) Diploma in Industrial Engineering

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


After receiving his German “Diplom“ in Industrial Engineering at the Clausthal University of Technology, Germany, Jens gained consulting experience in Santiago de Chile, Hannover/Germany and Wolfsburg/Germany. Prior to the research at the University of Auckland, he prepared and hosted Virtual Assembly Meetings for Volkswagen, Wolfsburg.

He joined the Design and Development Research Group in October 2017 under the supervision of Dr David Wynn and co-supervision of Prof Xun Xu

Research | Current

Jens research is concerned with facilitating the usage of Advanced Design Information and Advanced CAD Technology in Engineering Design. He is especially interested in the Maturity of Design Information because engineering projects involve the progressive development of preliminary information until a final design is reached. Appreciating its status may help make better decisions about task sequencing may reduce unnecessary iteration. Approaches are researched to 1) elicit this maturity, 2) aggregate several of its facets per subsystem and generate insights for task prioritisation, and 3) overlaying this information in Augmented Reality onto a physical prototype. It is proposed that the approach can aid understanding, communication and management of design progress.

Keywords: preliminary information, maturity levels, collaborative design, augmented reality (AR), visualisation

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant:


  • MECHENG235 - Teaching Enhancement Project Design and Manufacture 1 (2020)
  • MECHENG334 -  Engineering Design 3M (2020)


  • MECHENG 235 - Design and Manufacture 1 (2019)
  • MECHENG 236 - Design and Manufacture 2​ (2018)​
  • MECHENG 235 - Design and Manufacture 1 (2018)

Postgraduate supervision

1. Dr David Charles Wynn (Main Supervisor)

2. Professor Xun William Xu (Co-Supervisor)

Areas of expertise

  • Consulting experience gained in Santiago de Chile, Hannover/Germany and Wolfsburg/Germany
  • Host of Virtual Assembly Meetings for Volkswagen, Wolfsburg 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Brinkmann, J. T., & Wynn, D. C. (2020). Assessing, aggregating and visualising preliminary design information maturity to support collaborative design. Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference, 1, 1225-1234. Cavtat, Croatis: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/dsd.2020.65
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Wynn


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 955
New Zealand

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