Programming as a Geotechnical Engineer

Oasys developers have recently released the COM interface into Frew, Alp and Greta and are planning to roll it out to our other Geotechnical programs.

Following our recent COM webinar, Application Specialist, Zeena Farook, started some scripting to see what she could achieve; “As a Geotechnical Engineer, I am more familiar with pen and paper calculations than coding but I was empowered to give it a try by the presentation.”

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Posted in Geotechnical Software, programming, Tips & Tricks

The world’s largest airport due to open in 2019 – with the help of Oasys GSA

Beijing Daxing International Airport is currently under construction south of Beijing in the Daxing District. It is expected to be the world’s largest airport by passenger capacity, with the first phase of the project expected to open in 2019 according to Reuters. We look back at the fascinating entry from Peng Liu and Leo Zhang (Arup) in the 2016 Oasys Project of the Year Competition. The entrants described the use of our software by the Arup Beijing team that led the structural technical review and optimisation of the airport’s steel structure roof.

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Posted in GSA, Structural Software

Oasys partner, CSPFea, host pedestrian simulation seminar in Milan

Friday 12th May – Milan, Italy

Earlier this month Oasys partners and resellers, CSPFea, organised a pedestrian simulation seminar with the theme ‘simulating the dynamics of crowds, regarding aspects of design and safety’. Guest speakers at the seminar included Piergiacomo Cancelliere, Deputy Director of the Fire Department of National Corps, Professor Carlo Zanchetta from the University of Padua and Federico Marcantognini, MIC-Mobility in Chain Ltd.

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Validating MassMotion for adolescent behaviour

It is well known that validation is considered by engineers as being a key factor when deciding which software package to use for simulating evacuations.

Now the gap in validation studies for MassMotion with a focus on children and their movement in low-rise buildings has been filled by Edinburgh University Master’s students Alexandru Dragan and Codrin Mihnea Florescu. Their paper was highly commended in the biennial Oasys Project of the Year Competition to find innovative and new uses of our software…

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Sneak preview of MassMotion 9.0 for Asia Pacific Rail 2017 delegates

Weeks ahead of its formal launch, MassMotion 9.0 has been previewed at Asia Pacific Rail where Oasys Application Specialist, Prof. Peter Debney, introduced its key new modelling and agent interaction features to a crowded seminar room.

Rail planners have become familiar with the use of crowd analysis software for master planning and development of major transport hubs around the world. Now operators in Asia are pioneering its use as an operational management tool, enabling them to manage both scheduled and emergency maintenance work and timetable disruptions.
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University of Edinburgh collaboration – The Roundhouse, Camden Evacuation Simulation

The following work has been produced by two students at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The work formed part of their Architectural Management, Practice and Law module within the Master of Architecture course.

Richard Fleming and Max Ochel carried out an analysis that looks at how The Roundhouse, Camden functions in a mass evacuation scenario at fully capacity. The study’s aim was to analyse the effect of specific building regulation compliance had when a renovation was made with it in mind.

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Resolving footfall vibration issues with modern buildings – Demonstration at ASCE Structures Congress 2017

Oasys application engineer Prof. Peter Debney will be demonstrating how finite element analysis can be used to analyse pedestrian-induced footfall vibration when he hosts a 40 minute software demonstration at the ASCE Structures Congress in Denver, Colorado in April 2017.

Modern buildings use lighter materials which typically have a lighter carbon footprint and that also unlock new possibilities for architectural design. However, such buildings can be what engineers describe as “lively”.

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Oasys partners with Simulsoft to strengthen mainland European presence

Simulsoft_Reseller

Spain based engineering solutions company, Simulsoft, join Oasys’ growing reseller collaborations and they will be promoting our pedestrian simulation, structural and geotechnical engineering software.

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Dynamic crowd modelling for better stadium design

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The design of sports stadia has been front of mind with the general public again with projects like Tottenham Hotspurs’ new Stadium due to open for the 2018-19 season and, on a more sombre note, the UK’s Hillsborough inquiry having reminded us what can go wrong.

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Posted in Crowd Simulation, MassMotion

40 tonne sculpture wins recognition for engineering excellence

The Hive GSA

The winner of the award for small practices in the Institution of Structural Engineer’s 2016 Structural Awards was Tristan Simmonds of Simmonds Studio for The Hive open air sculpture. Engineered using Oasys GSA the sculpture was originally designed for the British Pavilion at the Milan World’s Fair Expo in 2015 where it attracted over 3 million visitors and subsequently won the prestigious Gold medal for architecture and landscape. It is now open to the public at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

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