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

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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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40 tonne sculpture wins recognition for engineering excellence

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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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Manchester City’s expanded stand wins engineering award

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GSA-user Buro Happold Engineering’s work to expand the South Stand at Manchester City Football Etihad stadium South Stand was recognized as the best sport/leisure project in the 2016 Institution of Structural Engineer’s 2016 Structural Awards.

The new 6000+ seat third tier opened in August 2015, in time for the start of the 2015–16 football season. Work on a third tier for the North Stand is expected to begin by 2017, increasing total capacity to around 61,000.

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Peter Debney joins Hugh Morrison as speaker at IABSE ‘Future of Design’ Conference 2017

The full-day conference takes place on the 21st April 2017 at the University of Sheffield and hopes to inspire future generations as well as promote the fundamentals of design. It is the first time IABSE, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, are hosting an event in Sheffield.FoD

Hugh Morrison of Hugh Morrison Associates and author of the acclaimed ‘Structural Engineering: Art and Approximation’ book, invited Oasys Application Specialist, Professor Peter Debney, to join him present a section of the interactive workshop. The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate how approximation of the structural behaviour of a long-span structure using hand calculations can provide an understanding of its dynamic response. The example structure used is the Merchant’s Bridge in Castlefield, Manchester with Oasys GSA being the software of choice to validate the delegate’s results.

Join them both by registering for the conference.

You can download the workshop proposal here.

“Inspiring, eye-opening, challenging and hugely rewarding. Engineering and architecture superstar speakers talking about mind blowing projects… a must attend for all young engineers”.
Antony Oliver, Infrastructure Intelligence – describing a previous Future of Design conference.

 

 

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Perth pedestrian bridge wins more accolades

As sponsors of the Pedestrian Bridges category in this year’s Institution of Structural Engineer’s 2016 Structural Awards we were particularly pleased that the judges chose a project designed using Oasys GSA software.

The Elizabeth Quay Bridge in Perth, Australia is part of a bold plan to revitalise the city centre, returning its focus to the Swan River and providing a world-class waterfront destination. GSA was used for form finding, to predict footfall-induced vibration and to work powerfully and flexibly alongside parametric modelling software that maintained consistent relationships between elements as a complex and innovative model was manipulated.

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The striking 22m high, 110m cable-stayed bridge is the project’s centrepiece feature. Two 45m spans connect in the middle, with the bridge’s arches sweeping down towards the water to rest on concrete piers supported on piles socketed into the rock bed. The curved form for the bridge deck allowed for extended, gently-sloping pedestrian ramps to clear the navigation channel which required a mean clearance of 5.2m.

The design excellence has resulted in a 110m bridge that responses exceptionally to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s ore brief of an iconic structure that is timeless and refined in its simplicity. The Elizabeth Quay Bridge was awarded an Engineers Australia Award for Excellence 2016 (Buildings and Structures) and an Australian Steel Institute, Steel Excellence Award 2016 (Engineering Projects).

Oasys sponsored the Pedestrian Bridges category
Pictured with members of the winning design team are IStructE President Alan Crossman (2nd left), Awards compere and BBC News correspondent Clive Myrie (far right) and Oasys Application Specialist Prof. Peter Debney (2nd right)

 

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Oasys Xdisp for building and utility damage assessment arising from ground movements

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Oasys Xdisp has transformed the ease and speed of calculations of ground movements arising from tunnelling and embedded wall excavations, and of subsequent building and utility damage assessments.

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