Category Archives: GSA

Manchester City’s expanded stand wins engineering award

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Exploring the Design Space

Exploring the Design Space For the last few years I have been giving a lecture at Leeds University on design optimisation techniques, but the one thing that always bothered me was a sketch that I did of an example design … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Topology Optimisation with GSA

Inspired by a recent Arup Thoughts article about a radical minimum weight joint, and making use of some online references (Huang and Xie, 2010), I have developed a Python routine for running an Evolutionary Topology Optimisation (ETO) on a GSA … Continue reading

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Using Python scripts with MassMotion – Creating a timetable schedule from an OD matrix

Introduction MassMotion’s timetables are incredibly powerful, but can be time-consuming to pull together by hand. On the other hand, simple programs can do much of the donkey work, converting files such as Origin/Destination Matrices (OD Matrices) or train schedules into … Continue reading

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Form-finding asymmetric bridges

I am often asked about form finding tension structures but the other day I was asked how to do one that I have not done before: an asymmetric bridge. Form-finding is a method that determines the geometrically optimal structure to … Continue reading

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Using GSA User Modules

GSA’s User Modules are a way of making permanent copies of results but also to import results from outside the program. You can create them within GSA from existing results by setting up results contours in the graphical display and … Continue reading

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Using harmonic analysis to simulate ground excitation

To know the dynamic responses due to ground motions, time history analysis is normally used in GSA.   However, if the ground motions are sinusoidal and a range of frequencies need to be considered, using time history analysis to evaluate … Continue reading

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GSA 8.6 – New Facade Tool

Using the new façade tool in GSA 8.6.

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Hyperboloid Structures in GSA

Introduction One of my favourite things when I was a child back in the 1970s was an owl made of string. In some regards it was quite simple: two pieces of interlocking hard plastic with notched edges and a ball … Continue reading

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