For design of light-weight steel and aluminum structures, RFEM and RSTAB provides a large amount of cross-sections such as I‑sections, channel sections, T‑sections, rectangular hollow sections, square tubes, circular tubes, flat steel, and more. The design is carried out according to the American standard ADM 2010 and ADM 2015 or Eurocode 9 including numerous National Annexes.
For cable and membrane structures, the initial shape can be found and the relevant designs performed.
RF‑FORM‑FINDING searches for shapes of structures subjected to tension or compression, such as membrane and cable structures. The shape is calculated by the equilibrium between the surface stress (specified prestress and additional load such as self‑weight, pressure, etc.) and the given boundary requirements. The prestressed model is afterwards used as the initial state for all subsequent calculations.
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. After another over the top busy week Team Skyspan once again shows us what they are capable off #bestteamever#production#skyspan#skyspanshade
The iconic #sowetotheatre , in Jabulani Soweto is said to have changed the landscape of the area. Designed by Afritects, it has been hailed as an architectural masterpiece, and is described by the architects as a “culmination of both national and global best practices in theatre design”. In 2012, Our sister company Tension Structures won the public tender to take on the significant task of erecting the #tensilefabricstructure which was to double up as both a covered entrance as well as an outdoor intermission area.
By proposing an alternative concept design, Tension Structures was able to offer the architects and the client a structure which saved them a third of the cost, and omitted the bulk of the heavy steel structure which was in the initial design.
Instead, Tension Structures used cables which extended through the three story glass façade of the entrance hall and were secured above the open atrium. The position of each cable had to be predicted precisely in order to drill small holes out of the glass façade at the exact entry point of each cable.
Despite the structure’s need for a great deal of forward planning, and the complexity of the on-site tensioning of the structure, the cables fitted perfectly through the glass façade and this approach minimised the need for structural supports and opened up the entrance way.
Culture Tip: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, tensile canopy tour making reference to Frei Otto (<3). Party Tip: Caught George Fitzgerald (swipe right), Black Jazz Consortium, Ben Cromack (local guy, much bass), and Yotto (a whole lot of ATB 😦).
BambooU day 2: Tensile Tent.
Stress is shared and stabilized equally by triangulated tension. The force outward lifts the tent upward, levitating the center column.
Led by Neil Thomas of @atelier.one, set engineer for Beyoncé, U2, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, as well as both the London and Sochi opening ceremonies. He also designed and engineered Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay and its famous Supertree Grove. Humble and brilliant, tells great dad jokes. Feeling lucky.