Working With New Materials and New Techniques [A6]What's the role of the structural engineer in the use of new materials and new project delivery methods? We'll explore that question in-depth with three case studies involving innovative sculptural forms as we address how to more easily bring novel structures or materials into the mainstream. We'll talk about using small projects as prototypes when experimenting with new materials and new techniques as well as how to work with traditional skilled labor to deliver non-traditional materials and structures. We'll also consider the tension between the structural engineer's ability to analyze increasingly complex geometries and systems and the relatively unchanged construction methodologies in widespread use. Join us for a presentation that's sure to spark discussion about the transition between the innovative construction techniques being developed (digital fabrication, etc.) and the methods and materials that are already used in the majority of the built environment.
- Date: 4/21/2020 - 4/24/2020
- PDH Credits: 0