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7/16/18

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SOM Participates in International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium

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At the 2018 symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), representatives from SOM will present on a variety of topics. The event brings together leading designers and researchers working in the fields of structural engineering and architecture. The 2018 symposium, for which SOM is one of the sponsors, will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from July 16–20. The theme of this year's event is "Creativity in Structural Design."

William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, will present opening and closing remarks and participate in several sessions. SOM's in-house research groups, known as the Structural Research Gang and Blackbox, will present on various topics, including force density, principal stress, 3D printing, and graphic statics.

Additionally, a paper authored by SOM's Baker, Christian Hartz, Arek Mazurek, Masaaki Miki, Toby Mitchell, and Tomas Zegard, formerly of SOM, will be honored at the symposium. Titled "The Application of 2D and 3D Graphic Statics in Design," the paper has been selected as the winner of the IASS Tsuboi Award, in the category of Most Outstanding Paper, in the Proceedings of the 2017 symposium. It will be be published in the Journal of the IASS.

Founded in 1959, the IASS is an organization that promotes the creative integration of structural engineering and architecture, with a specific focus on lightweight structural systems such as lattice tension, membrane, and shell structures. Through its annual symposium, IASS celebrates innovative work in the built environment that reflects interdisciplinary collaboration and problem-solving. Below is a list of sessions featuring representatives from SOM. For specific details and additional information on the symposium, see the full schedule.

Monday, July 16, 2018

A 3D Airy Stress Function Tool for Reciprocal Graphic Statics
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Architectural designer Kyle Vansice; engineer Aditya Kulkarni; engineer Christian Hartz; Marina Konstantatou of the University of Cambridge; and Partner William Baker

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Structural Applications of the Graphic Statics and Static-Kinematic Dualities: Rigid Origami, Self-Centering Cable Nets, and Linkage Meshes
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Structural engineer Toby Mitchell; senior architectural designer Masaaki Miki; Partner William Baker; engineer Christian Hartz; and Associate Arek Mazurek

Combining Graphic Statics with Force Density to Obtain Structural Form Finding Tool
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Associate Arek Mazurek; engineer Christian Hartz; engineer Aditya Kulkarni; and Partner William Baker

3D-Printed Structure Case Study: AMIE 1.0
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Associate Director Benton Johnson; Director Lucas Tryggestad; Associate Director Andrew Obendorf; and Lonnie Love of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Dream Catcher: Design of a Rope Net Sculpture
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Sculptor Janet Echelman; Associate Director Alessandro Beghini; Partner Mark Sarkisian; Director Eric Long; and senior structural engineer Nicole Wang

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Efficient Flat-Slab Post-Tensioning Layouts Guided by Topology Optimization
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Ricardo M. Avelino of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées; Associate Director David Shook; Associate Director Alessandro Beghini; and Associate Director Neville Mathias

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Experimental Testing of Michell-Like Structures
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Curtis Decker and Andrew Gaynor of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory; Associate Arek Mazurek; and Partner William Baker

Ground Structure Based Discrete Topology Optimization Including Flexural Elements via MATLAB
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Jared Parker of HOK; Associate Director Alessandro Beghini; and Tomas Zegard

The Dream Catcher: Design of a Rope Net Sculpture
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Sculptor Janet Echelman; Associate Director Alessandro Beghini; Partner Mark Sarkisian; Director Eric Long; and senior structural engineer Nicole Wang

Experimentally-Informed Topology Optimization of Michell-Like Truss Structures
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Curtis Decker and Andrew Gaynor of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory; Associate Arek Mazurek; and Partner William Baker

International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium

July 16-20, 2018

Kresge Auditorium
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
W16, 48 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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