On November 30th, 2018, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska. In the days following, a team of structural engineers from SOM deployed on a reconnaissance mission to document damage and lend expertise.
This report discusses the development of a prototype for anonymously collecting empirical data on room occupancy and circulation patterns for indoor environments. The report is the initial phase of a larger proposal to develop a design methodology that can supplement manual and subjective methods of evaluating interior design decisions.
Using Los Angeles as a case study, SOM is developing a systems-based approach to define the regenerative city—a concept of sustainable urban development built on a restorative relationship with the environment. This research paper and infographic advances SOM's global thinking about the city of the future.
The new Integrated Terminal Building at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport combines international and domestic operations at one of the busiest airports in India. The 410,000-square-meter building, being constructed at the site of the existing terminal, will achieve a capacity of 40 million passengers per annum upon completion in 2014. This paper looks at the structural innovations incorporated into the design of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's Integrated Terminal Building.
By maintaining the master model as a platform-free software code, in contrast to platform-dependent methods, this case study illuminates the advantages of documenting the generative logic behind design variations in a way that allows greater flexibility and a higher level of alignment with design intent.
With rapid changes in technologies, the challenge is not to find individuals who know how to use the latest BIM product but to find those who have a clear understanding of the fundamentals and are able to adapt. This paper looks at the development of innovative new technologies as a result of SOM's partnerships with universities.
In this paper from 1965, Fazlur R. Khan, one of the greatest structural engineers of the 20th century, examines the various aspects of efficient multi-story structures. He references the latest code established by the American Institute of Steel Construction, pointing out different interpretations in several individual cases.