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Privacy and Cookies

We may change this privacy notice from time to time by updating this page.

What information do we collect?

When you use this website, we may collect the following information:

  • the areas of the website that you visit
  • information about your computer, such as which browser you are using, your network location, the type of connection you are using (e.g. broadband, ADSL etc) and your IP address

We do this by using cookies, which are small files that help us track how our visitors use the website and enable us to understand where we can improve your experience. If you would like to find out which cookies we use and the information they track see our Cookies Policy.

Once you submit or register information through our website we will know who you are and your activities on this website and information about you and/or your company may be recorded on our systems. For example, we may ask for personal information when you download our software including:

  • your name
  • company name
  • email address
  • postal address
  • telephone number
  • country where you are based
  • Social media ID
  • your comments/questions
  • services/markets you are interested in

We may also collect personal information from telephone calls and/or other correspondence with you.

What do we do with the information we collect?

The information we capture is used for various purposes. The main purpose is to provide you with our services (whether available via the website or offline). We also use the information for:

  • website development
  • understanding how our visitors interact on the website
  • understanding what our clients are interested in
  • understanding what potential clients are interested in
  • dealing with enquiries/concerns
  • marketing our services and people to you
  • market research
  • service development
  • internal record keeping

Marketing

We would like to provide you with information about our services and other information which we think you may find interesting. We may send you such information by post, email and/or telephone, unless you have asked us not to do so.

We will not provide your personal information to other organisations for marketing purposes without your explicit consent.

If at any time you do not want your information used for direct marketing purposes, please contact us or follow the unsubscribe link in our marketing email messages.

Who do we share this information with?

We may share your personal information with companies acting on our behalf who will only use the information to provide that service. However, we will retain control of your data and any third party service provider that we use must act in accordance with our instructions. We may also share your personal information with a purchaser or potential purchaser of our business.

In some circumstances, we may have to disclose your personal information by law, because a court or the police or other law enforcement agency has asked us for it.

How to get copies of or amend the information we have collected

You may request details of the personal information that we hold about you under data protection laws. If you would like a copy of the information held about you please write to us at oasys@arup.com or at: Data Protection Officer, 13 Fitzroy Street, London, UK, W1T 4BQ. Please note that we may charge a small £10 administration fee for information requests.

If you think any information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible. We will correct or update any information as soon as we can.

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Data Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect, including locked cabinets, electronic password protection and pass card access to buildings.

If at any point you suspect or receive a suspicious communication from someone suggesting they work for Oasys or a website claiming to be affiliated with Oasys, please forward the communication to us or report the incident by email to oasys@arup.com or in writing to Oasys, 13 Fitzroy Street, London, UK, W1T 4BQ as soon as possible.

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Website Terms and Conditions

The contents of this web site are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights under international conventions. No copying of any words, images, graphic representations or other information contained in this web site is permitted without the prior written permission of the webmaster for this site.

Oasys accepts no responsibility for the content of any external site that links to or from this site.

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Software Licensing Terms

Terms and Conditions of Purchase

The full conditions of purchase and maintenance for all Oasys software are set out in the Oasys Software Licence and Support Agreement. All prices are subject to TAX at the current rate.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice – please ask for a written quotation.

Although every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of all information contained herein, the contents do not form or constitute a representation, warranty, or part of any contract.

Superseded Versions of Terms and Conditions

Oasys keeps copies of all superseded versions of its terms and conditions.

Maintenance & Support Services

Twelve months support and maintenance is included with most products. Thereafter maintenance is typically 20% of the current sales price.

An annual maintenance service is available for most programs after the first year.

This service includes:

  • telephone/fax/email/web based support
  • free software updates available via internet download
  • personalised output header for many products

UNIPAC: Timber Construction using GSA

Software Used on this Project

Project Overview

The “Timber Construction II” course has been dispensed by the Chair of Timber Construction (IBOIS) at EPFL on spring semester 2013, having the main goal of teaching to M.Sc. students on Civil Engineering, how to deal with a real life Timber structural design project, starting from raw 3D drawing of architect, up to structural calculations and designing the details using the GSA UNIPAC licenses.

IBOIS has a multi-disciplinary approach toward architecture. It holds a double identity of Engineering science and Architecture, offering also a M.A. Architectural workshop on timber construction, the “Atelier Weinand”. Six structure/projects have been selected from previously defended architectural projects of this workshop and re-injected to the structural design course for engineers.  Projects were of various program and represented different engineering challenges: a five story artiste’s house, a 30 meter modular tower, a cantilever based two story artist’s residence with structural façade, a thin modular canopy of prefabricated CLT panels, an interconnected rows of footbridge/step, and finally a modular house with CLT panels.

The Course

The course has been divided on two main parts: i) “Exploration” (3 sessions) where state-of-art of building with timber and engineering basis of structural design has been presented and discussed and ii) “Project” (11 sessions) where students actually teamed up in groups of 2-4 and chose a project among the options for structural design.

The rest of semester passed quite interactive where the question of how we derive pertinent geometry for structural calculation from architect’s raw drawing was discussed at the beginning. Each team then made hypothesis on:

  • What would be the appropriate structural system to pursue,
  • How to simulate connections
  • What would be a realistic approach to model supports
  • The question of modeling with appropriate structural element (beam or shell?). A group even went through a general approach by modeling both the beam and shell models and compared results for a simplified model before attacking the global modeling.

The Oasys GSA suite was proposed as the main analysis tool and three introductory sessions was held to teach modeling principles with GSA. None of students has used GSA suite before and at the end, the majority of them found the software powerful and handy, specially to deal with beam structures.

How Oasys proved invaluable

The Results

Final results were promising and students mainly enjoyed the interactive and real life nature of the course and the fact that they learned a FEM software which is a bonus for their professional career.

The teaching team would like to acknowledge Oasys (particularly Mrs. Zeena Farook) for their support that sponsored the course with a UNIPAC licence for the GSA suite during the semester which were extensively used and appreciated by our team.

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