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Computational Design – Are we missing an opportunity?

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Buildings were traditionally designed on a large, flat piece of paper. Then computers came along, and buildings began to be designed on a large, flat monitor screen. But very little else changed. The complexity of modern buildings is such that it is no longer sufficient to design in 2D where change is relatively time-consuming to implement. Luckily, modern computers are so powerful that it is no longer necessary to do so either. In this talk, Paul will use case-studies of the real-world building projects he has worked on to explain the context in which computational design and optimisation sit in the modern building design process. He will then share three of his current research-council funded projects, which are developing the next generation of computational tools to help optimise building designs in response to sustainability and productivity drivers. To finish, he will give a broad overview of where he thinks the opportunities are for future research and development in this area.

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

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