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06.04.2024 | The Parametric Genome - A Structural Approach

Data has become an essential tool for decision making in today’s modern world, across all industries. Clients are looking to engineers in all fields to deliver them the information necessary to make key business decisions and develop building designs. In the field of structural engineering, the presented data may vary; it may be structural steel tonnage for various floor framing configurations and column spacings, it may be economy scale applied to a repetitive connection type, it may be structural optimization for lateral drift or serviceability of a high-rise, or it may literally be anything else. The potential uses of data derived from computational, or computer-aided, algorithmic design are virtually limitless.

Computer-aided algorithmic design allows us, as designers, the ability to run millions (or even billions) of simulations to collect meaningful data. How this data is collected and presented is up to the user, but the ability to automatically run these simulations is there through the use of today’s computational power. During the presentation, we are going to touch on a few specific uses of algorithmic aided design; these examples are as follows:

1. Simple optimized parametric structural truss
2. Simple optimized parametric structural steel bay designed for gravitational forces
3. Drift and strength optimization of structural members in a high-rise commercial tower
4. Strength and deflection optimization of a parametric long-span dome roof
5. Strength, deflection, and economy of scale optimization of a parametric geodesic sphere

The possibilities of parametric design are relatively endless, and we feel that all projects and firms, no matter how small or large, may benefit tremendously from this type of analysis and design methodology presented; the examples and topics will vary from simple to complex and offer unique opportunities for everyone in the audience to benefit from.

  • Course will award 1.0 hour of continuing education
  • This course is Diamond Review approved in 49 states. New York does not accept hours from recordings.
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