SEMM Seminar: Computational analyses and design methods for an interdisciplinary approach to lightweight structures

Seminar | October 8 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr.-Ing. Michael Herrmann, str.ucture GmbH

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The emergence of digital design tools facilitates collaboration among disciplines. This can be seen especially in areas of high complexity, such as lightweight membrane structures and shells, where an iterative design approach is essential. Integrating parametric design techniques including structural analyses methods like Topology Optimization and Isogeometric Analysis (IGA) during the early stages of the design process allow for quick assessment of complex geometry regarding cost efficiency and feasibility of production in a global design environment. Based on this framework it is possible to create a cooperative work approach that uses BIM models to coordinate clients, designers, builders, and facility managers over the whole life span of a building. The lecture presents the use of these tools in structural design based on exciting projects.