Workshop: Optimization-Driven Conceptual Structural Design

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The Building Centre

26 Store Street

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WC1E 7BT

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In this hands-on workshop participants will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art methods developed as part of the BUILD-OPT research project which are likely to challenge their preconceptions about the value and power of “optimization”, particularly as a creative structural design tool.

Specifically, participants will use a plug-in for Grasshopper that uses 'layout optimization', a powerful technique that has to date been little exploited by construction professionals. The technique can identify efficient structural forms for a range of constructions, including long-span roofs, gridshells, space-frames and tall building superstructures. It has some similarities with the more familiar topology optimization, but is better suited to the kinds of skeletal structures encountered in building structures.

BUILD-OPT is a current UK government-funded research project involving the Universities of Sheffield, Bath and Edinburgh. The project seeks to address a range of barriers to uptake of layout optimization. As part of this we have developed a plug-in for Grasshopper which makes it easy for a designer to apply layout optimization at the concept design stage.


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