Congratulations to BULD-OPT researcher Helen Fairclough, who won first prize at the 2017 Institution of Structural Engineers' Young Researchers' Conference with a poster on Layout Optimization for Building Structures. The poster outlines the work undertaken in her project, which aims to:
Establish benchmarks to inform how efficient a structure is.
Provide tools to help designers understand the implications of each design choice on structural weight.
Offer methods to rationalise the designs produced by optimisation methods to comply with fabrication constraints.