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Data Security

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Data Security Notice Updated 27th February 2020

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Website Terms and Conditions

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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Superseded Versions of Terms and Conditions

Oasys keeps copies of all superseded versions of its terms and conditions.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

Support and maintenance is included with all subscription licences for their full duration.

Annual maintenance contracts are available for software under a perpetual licence, prices are based on a percentage of the most recent list price.

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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