As part of the 2018 International Association of Shell & Spatial Structures (IASS) Conference being held at MIT we are running a one day workshop on 15th July 2018 (just ahead of the main conference) entitled "Optimization-Driven Creativity In Structural Design".
STOP PRESS (July 9, 2018): Although the workshop quickly 'sold out' , use of a different room has allowed 5 additional places to now be released. For last minute registrations (after Monday July 9) please email email@example.com, by noon Boston time on Wednesday July 11 to register to attend (first come, first served).
In the workshop layout optimization will be used to identify efficient structural forms for a range of constructions. Layout optimization has some similarities with the more familiar topology optimization, but is better suited to the kinds of skeletal structures encountered in building structures.
As part of the "Computational Design Optimization of Building Structures" (BUILD-OPT) EPSRC research project we have adapted and further developed the LimitState:FORM software, developing a plug-in for Rhino/Grasshopper which makes it easy for a designer to use layout optimization at the conceptual design stage. In the workshop the software will be made available to participants, for use in "hands-on" workshop sessions. We will also provide essential background information on the underpinning theory.
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Participants will benefit by being exposed to state-of-the-art methods which are likely to be unfamiliar to them and will challenge their preconceptions about the value and power of “optimization”, particularly as a creative design tool.