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Among the 7 current trends changing the Architecture and Construction Industry highlighted by Accenture, accelerated globalization has a position of paramount importance. To stay ahead of the competition, companies must foster innovation while remaining efficient and sustainable. 
Simulation and process automation is an essential aide for construction engineers. modeFRONTIER optimization platform helps gain comprehensive insight regarding the impact of design choices on building performance, even before starting the investment.

Applications of modeFRONTIER
in the architecture, engineering and construction

Companies such as SWS Engineering and Research Institutes, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Columbia University use modeFRONTIER multidisciplinary and multiobjective optimization platform to perform:

  • bridge fatigue assessment
  • air supply in buildings
  • glass-steel roofing structure
  • flooding protection and drainage systems
  • pipe networks
  • stadium design
  • tensile structures and cable systems
  • bridge orthotropic deck plates
  • energy-efficient buildings
  • railway tunnel

Few examples:

This paper deals with cable domes design and study the role of the cable prestress and of the prestress optimization. In particular it is shown how, for a generic spatial truss, a suitable cable pretensioning makes us able to assign a geometrical stiffness to the whole structure and, in this way, to improve its overall behavior.

In this paper, preliminary studies performed on the Italian case study, the Panaro Bridge, are reported. In particular, results of the standard fatigue assessment according to Eurocode rules were compared with the actual fatigue damages occurred to deck secondary components to obtain a preliminary critical review of adopted fatigue assessment methodologies..

Building shells with adaptive, intuitively offer opportunities for both energy savings and comfort enhancements. Development in this field is still fragmented and the most effective type of climate adaptive building shell (CABS) behaviour is still unknown. This paper explores the potential of CABS by using building performance simulation in combination with multi-objective optimization.

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