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Creativity and Digital workflows in the Structural Design of Long Span Structures

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Structural engineers are in a unique position to influence creativity in design. Using modern technology and computational analysis we are able to work efficiently with different geometries and performance-based structural analysis. Parametric workflows are becoming common practice, particularly on geometrically complex and challenging projects. Good design should be a synergy of creative aesthetic forms and engineering judgement and experience, and the design methods we are now able to harness can help to inspire structural engineers to be a key part of a collaborative architectural design process.

This presentation will offer an overview of the work developed by the AECOM Sports Structures team and how creative approach and digital workflows are used in the design of large long span structures. Stadium projects and specific case studies will be shown as examples where the integration of geometry, analysis and documentation is implemented throughout the project lifecycles.

About the speaker:

Rossella Nicolin is an Associate Director in structural engineering in AECOM , where she holds a technical and managerial role in the Sports Structures team in London. Trained both as architect and engineer, Rossella holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Italy and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT in USA . She worked in New York and then in London, working on projects worldwide in UK, Europe, USA and Asia, developing an expertise in complex geometry and seismic design. She is also active in International Development and worked in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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