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What’s better than an intuitive technology that allows you to explore non-intuitive-optimal solutions?
|Luca Frattari Business Development Manager – Architecture, Engineering & Construction|
“What’s better than an intuitive technology that allows you to explore non-intuitive-optimal solutions?”
A common way to design a rational structure is to create a system composed of 2D elements, such as beams and pillars. In a paradoxical way, an optimal solution is represented by an organic-like structure in which the material is arranged to guarantee strength and lightness.
In this article I will talk about INNOVATION, SIMULATION, OPTIMIZATION applied to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) market. Moreover, we’ll examine how such concepts have taken on a fundamental role in the design of a bridge by means of Topology Optimization and why they may be very much relevant beyond AEC to architects and engineers in different market sectors.
This challenge generated a stimulating curiosity within me, beginning a profound reflection on the meaning of those concepts. At first glance, they might seem easy, even trivial to describe.
Quickly I’ve realized that by modern definition they assume deeper meaning because of their reciprocal influence.
INNOVATION, SIMULATION, OPTIMIZATION
In my opinion, if INNOVATION can be defined as the combination of exploration, inspiration, evolution and technology oriented to improve the quality of life, than one could say that INNOVATION is an evolutionary process to create and refine products and processes in any field of application.
Today’s new standards for construction have becoming increasingly more demanding. Architects are experimenting with new materials developed by engineers to improve the thermal efficiency of new buildings, while the engineers are continuously experimenting with ways to build the complex shapes created by the talent and creativity of the architects.
What could be the next evolutionary step in this process?
From skyscrapers such as the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center in Chicago to government buildings to airport terminals, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) has made its mark as one of the leading architecture, urban design, engineering, sustainable design and interior architecture firms in the world. Founded in 1936, the company has completed more than 10,000 projects in more than 50 countries.
Known for its innovative buildings, the firm faces engineering challenges day in and day out. That’s because each project is unique.
What remains constant, however, is SOM’s reliance on sound structural principles – and the commitment to use technology to improve engineering processes and end products.
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