Mini Seminar: Structural Optimization
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Structural optimization has been attracting increasing interest in the building industry, especially in the design of high-rise buildings and long span structures. Designs based on an optimal material distribution for the structural system are not only efficient, lightweight and minimize the embedded carbon, but are also often aesthetically pleasant from an architectural point of view. Engineers can employ several optimization tools for the conceptual development of innovative structural/architectural topologies. The objective of this seminar is to provide an overview of the optimization techniques currently used in the civil engineering industry for form finding and dimensioning of a variety of structural systems.
Alessandro Beghini, PhD, SE
Alessandro Beghini is currently an Associate Director and Senior Project Engineer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, where he has been working since 2005. Recent projects that he has been involved with include the new United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, the Dream Catcher sculpture in West Hollywood (in collaboration with Janet Echelman) and several large scale mixed use high-rise buildings, like the CITIC development in Shenzen and the CTF Tianjin in Tianjin. Within SOM, Alessandro is also responsible for conducting research in the field of optimal structural topologies and development of innovative methodologies for structural analysis. Alessandro received his B.S. and M.S. from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, his M.Eng. from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University. He has co-authored several technical publications on a variety of structural engineering topics ranging from topology optimization to behavior of fiber composites and fiber reinforced concrete.
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