Innovation, Simulation and Optimization

Luca Frattari, Business Development Manager – Architecture, Engineering & Construction Altair Engineering

A common way to design a rational structure is to create a system composed of 2D elements, such as beams and pillars. In a paradoxical way, an optimal solution is represented by an organic-like structure in which the material is arranged to guarantee strength and lightness.
In this article I will talk about INNOVATION, SIMULATION, OPTIMIZATION applied to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) market. Moreover, we’ll examine how such concepts have taken on a fundamental role in the design of a bridge by means of Topology Optimization and why they may be very much relevant beyond AEC to architects and engineers in different market sectors. This challenge generated a stimulating curiosity within me, beginning a profound reflection on the meaning of those concepts. At first glance, they might seem easy, even trivial to describe. Quickly I’ve realized that by modern
definition they assume deeper meaning because of their reciprocal influence.

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