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Parametric design is a method where geometry and other structure related information is shaped according to algorithmic processes, in contrast to being created directly. Parametric structural design allows engineers to quickly adapt to changes in geometry during all stages of a project and explore multiple options during conceptual design to find the most efficient design solution. This course will focus on parametric structural engineering using Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Karamba 3D and related tools.
For example, the steel roof of a shopping mall made of main trusses and purlins can be parametrically modelled - some example parameters in this case would be type of truss, support conditions at ends of truss, constant or varying distance between truss top and bottom chord, orientation and spacing of truss diagonals, spacing of purlins spanning between main trusses, etc. During the course, parameterized geometric models, finite element calculations and optimization algorithms will be performed in a single software environment.
At the end of the course students are required to present and submit a poster of their structural design project in pdf format.