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342747 - Tomorrow is Here – Topology Optimization Redefining Design

Saturday, April 21
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Ballroom A

Structural engineers have often looked to nature or past experience for inspiration in defining structural systems. Although these sources have merit, they fundamentally confine design concepts and force engineers to shape systems towards existing frameworks instead of responding to project-specific needs. Topology optimization offers a completely new way of considering design and structure and can lead to structural systems which are both visually interesting and efficient in their use of materials. It allows designers to leave past constructs and challenges them to reconsider what it means to ‘design a structure’. This technology is incredibly easy to use, but is vastly underutilized in practice. This session looks to change this condition by putting the technology in the hands of practicing engineers in a fun and fast-paced workshop environment.

Session attendees will listen to a brief introduction and tutorial by the Optimal Structural Design Committee on how to use topology optimization and the Aesthetics in Design Committee on current applications of topology optimization in practice. Participates will then be divided into 5 teams, each with a common but unique design problem. Each group will be advised by at least one expert in topology optimization from the Optimal Structural Design Committee and/or Aesthetics in Design Committee. Each team will have one device loaded with TopOpt (a free topology optimization app) and media (white board/xLarge Notpad/etc) for writing ideas/concepts. Each team will be charged with reconsidering a traditional structural problem using topology optimization and be given approximately 30-45min to explore at least three concepts. Each team will prepare advantages and disadvantages to each. At the end of the session each team will have 5-8min to present their ideas to the group.

No prior knowledge of topology optimization or any optimization theory is required. All participates will leave with the guidance, skill set, and free software sources to utilize these design concepts immediately in practice.

The device loaded with TopOpt could be iPads, smart phones, laptops, etc. The technology utilized is flexible and will be adapted to the venue’s capabilities. Ideally, a TV or projector connected to a laptop (provided by organizing committees) will be used. Also, individuals can explore the tool using their individual smart phones.

Timeline
5 min – Topology Optimization Introduction – Optimal Structural Design Committee (Jamie Guest)
5 min – Topology Optimization in Practice Today – Aesthetics in Design Committee (David Shook)
5 min – Team Organization
45 min – Team Exploration of Design Problem(s)
5 min each – Teams Present Proc
5 min – Concluding remarks and explanation of resources to engineers

David Shook

Associate Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

David Shook is an Associate Director of structural engineer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, in San Francisco. His work has spanned structural topics as diverse as performance-based seismic design, integration of data and design, parametric optimization, mass timber in high-rise construction, and deep sustainability. His design experience includes the design of several large scale iconic international towers as well as collaborations with students and artists. David is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences on the topic of sustainability, concrete performance and parametric structural design both domestically and internationally. David is a co-author of an upcoming book by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat bringing performance-based design principles to an international audience. David has utilized the concepts of performance-based seismic design to enable new architecture which engage the social fabric of our urban centers.

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Jamie Guest

Associate Professor
John Hopkins Univesity

JAMIE GUEST, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, received his master’s and doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Guest runs the Johns Hopkins Topology Optimization Group whose research focuses entirely on the development and application of topology optimization algorithms to a wide range of design problems, from multifunctional materials (microns) to structural systems (decameters).

In 2015, Dr. Guest was awarded The EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award from the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI). This award recognized his ground-breaking work in the field of Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Sciences as relevant to Civil Engineering, specifically highlighting his contribution to the development of topology optimization methods. He is also affiliated with HEMI, JHU Institute of NanoBio Technology (INBT), JHU Modeling Complex Systems (MCS) IGERT and JHU Water, Climate, and Health (WCH) IGERT. He is an Associate Editor to Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (Springer) and ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Chair of the ASCE SEI Optimal Structural Design Committee, and Secretary-General of the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO).

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Jamie Guest

Associate Professor
John Hopkins Univesity

JAMIE GUEST, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, received his master’s and doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Guest runs the Johns Hopkins Topology Optimization Group whose research focuses entirely on the development and application of topology optimization algorithms to a wide range of design problems, from multifunctional materials (microns) to structural systems (decameters).

In 2015, Dr. Guest was awarded The EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award from the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI). This award recognized his ground-breaking work in the field of Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Sciences as relevant to Civil Engineering, specifically highlighting his contribution to the development of topology optimization methods. He is also affiliated with HEMI, JHU Institute of NanoBio Technology (INBT), JHU Modeling Complex Systems (MCS) IGERT and JHU Water, Climate, and Health (WCH) IGERT. He is an Associate Editor to Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (Springer) and ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Chair of the ASCE SEI Optimal Structural Design Committee, and Secretary-General of the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO).

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