INNOVATION IN GENERATIVE DESIGN
Upon completion in 2010, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland‚ will provide
a new home for the national rugby and football teams, providing weather-protected seating for 50,000. Built within the constraints of an existing site, the
242 million euro stadium consists of a continuous curvilinear stand enclosed on
all four sides. Populous achieved the organic-shape design through a series of
GenerativeComponents models. The challenge was to ensure the concept was
maintained from design development through construction stages.
The exterior skin enveloped the roof and façade structures, combining both
elements in one controlling form. This form needed to accommodate all the
tolerances and technical requirements in one 3D model. Certain variables and
base principles were established within the GenerativeComponents model,
allowing Populous to push the boundaries of the architectural form without
compromising on cost and time constraints.
Process Automation Concepts, Ltd.
Beyond BIM for the Process Industry
Lancaster, California, United States
Designed to convert cellulose into ethanol, this 450,000-square-foot facility in
Lancaster, Calif., will be capable of processing 200 tons of green waste per day
to produce 4 million gallons of ethanol per year. The facility will reduce waste
going into landfills by 15 percent. With a modularized and prefabricated design,
the plant will permit relatively easy erection in third-world countries.
Process Automation Concepts’ role encompassed the conversion of process
design data into 3D models. Using Bentley technology, the firm performed
3D modeling of the pipe rack necessary to accommodate the manufacturing
processes, as well as processing units necessary to accommodate sugar
separation, acid recovery and distillation, and dehydration processes that
comprise the waste conversion process.