Multi-Scalar Modelling for Free-form Timber Structures

Paul Poinet, Paul Nicholas, Martin Tamke, Mette Thomsen Ramsgaard
2016 Zenodo  
This paper describes a new conceptual and computational framework that employs Multi-Scalar Modelling techniques (Weinan, 2011) in order to overcome the problem of big data management and to enable a more integrative digital workflow during the geometrical discretization of spatial structures. The research explores the design probe of free-form structures composed of glue-laminated timber beams and looks at the different types of data that need to be shared among each discipline and across
more » ... ple scales from which different levels of resolution can be defined. A particular focus lies in the segmentation strategy of glue-laminated timber structures that depend on structural requirements and the different types of constraints related to fabrication, transportation and assembly. Where current working practices decouple segmentation processes within a discrete digital workflow, this research aims to integrate and negotiate the different parameters that drive the same segmentation strategy within a continuous environment. The research is developed in close collaboration with two industry partners – Buro Happold and DesignToProduction – and focuses on the implementation of Multi-Scalar Modelling concepts and techniques as a means to work within a continuous design environment in which an abstract network of timber beams is iteratively updated through geometrical and structural optimizations at different levels of resolution.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.2611218 fatcat:bwvqktuzujd3pgwhhuthzsi5wa