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40 years of German engineering

from a local engineering office to an internationally active group

In more than 40 years we have grown from a local engineering office to an internationally active group of companies. An active group at 10 locations with nearly 200 experts is presented under the brand ZPP GERMAN ENGINEERING who contribute with their expertise in all disciplines of civil engineering every day. In close contact with science and teaching and in a consistently interdisciplinary approach we develop the future of construction.

Highly specialised engineering services and the ability to control complex processes across disciplines, substantiate our strengths.

  • 2017


    Over the course of our long-term corporate strategy, we have changed our name and are now rebranded as ZPP Ingenieure AG. But aside from that, nothing changes, neither our proven core competencies within our 40-year tradition nor your personal contacts.

  • 2016
    l.t.r.: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Baitsch, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jürgen Niemann, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Körkemeyer, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Fritz Grübl


    ZPP expands engineering competencies

    ZPP was able to win over four engineering scientists that are teaching and researching at universities and universities of applied sciences for the newly founded advisory board. The members of the scientific advisory board will be consulting the company both technically and strategically, from a scientific point of view.

    Additionally, the advisory board will be consulting and supporting the company, especially with regard to research projects.


    Breddermann + Partner

    Since early 2016, the Breddermann + Partner is part of the company group.

  • 2015

    ZPP operating as project controller for Bochum Perspektive 2022.

    Reactivation of the OPEL area with a size of 24 hectares

    ZPP Inspektion

    Introduction of the inspection plate ZPP INSPEKTION

    More about ZPP INSPEKTION

    25 years of ZPP International

    GERMAN ENGINEERING in demand internationally

    The competence of German construction engineers is in demand internationally! This is proven by the ZPP International GmbH, with recent projects that strive for constructionally optimised solutions in the field of precast concrete element construction for schools in Iraq, with the implementation of the “Conceptional Engineering” for a boiler house in a Polish power plant or through sophisticated structural stability verifications for more solar towers, standing more than 200 m high, in North Africa.

    Press release

  • 2014

    More energy with ZPP

    The most efficient combined cycle plant in the world, Lausward
    Structural verification for the new building of the unit “Fortuna”

    Image source:
    Stadtwerke Düsseldorf / kadawittfeldarchitektur

    Expert Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Speier

    Recognition of Dr.-Ing. Ludger Speier as an expert for railway construction in the field of federal railways, subject area geotechnics, field of operation tunnel construction (Railway Federal Agency - German: Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (EBA))


    Founding of the cooperation ZMM Monitoring

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  • 2013

    International activities

    Bundling of the international activities through ZPP International GmbH


    ZPP/GERICON project

    Innovative housing, Moscow (RU)
    Development of a model kit home system, made from precast concrete elements for 9- to 17-storey residential buildings

  • 2012

    Consulting engineers

    All associates from ZPP are recognised as consulting engineers

    Founding of the cooperation GERICON

    More about GERICON


Continuation of the established departments planning and verifying, construction management and project management in three economically independent companies;
ZERNA Planen und Prüfen integrates all projects and staff of the department "planning and verifying"

  • 2011

    New company head office

    Relocation into the new company head office in the midst of the „Technologie-Quartier“ near Ruhr-University, Bochum.

  • 2009

    Recognition as verification engineer

    Recognition of Dr.-Ing. Dieter Lehnen as a verification engineer for the fields of solid and metal construction (2013).


  • 2008

    New subsidiary

    Share of today's company ZPP Hennig GmbH, Gelsenkirchen.

    More about ZPP Hennig

    Founding of the cooperation German RailGroup

    More about German RailGroup

  • 2004

    New subsidiary

    Share of the company LauPlan Lausitz Planung GmbH, in Hoyerswerda.

    More about LauPlan

  • 1997

    Software development

    Development of the project information and management system.


  • 1992


    Throughout Germany

  • 1978

    Conversion into a Limited Liability Company (German: GmbH)

    Expansion of the spectrum of operations with planning, consulting and construction management services in the fields of engineering and power plant construction, ground engineering and tunnel construction.

  • 1973

    Founding of an engineering office in Bochum

    by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Wolfgang Zerna.

    Download VITA / obituary Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Zerna (DE)