Design and Practical Realisation of Architectural Membrane Structures

This workshop takes place in Berlin from May 11-13 2015. It ties in well with the Frankfurt from May 4-7 2015

Once again, the organizers have successfully arranged an interesting workshop programme. Following the presentations in the mornings, you can take part in the interactive hands-on afternoon sessions on Architectural Membrane Structures with experts from all over the world. As usual, technet GmbH is one of the main sponsors of the workshop and we are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin. technet GmbH is an LSAA member.

The main objectives of this workshop are to provide fundamental information, as well as presenting the state-of-the-art in textile roof engineering. Above all, the workshop aims to provide practical answers to real-world questions. In addition to a comprehensive programme of lectures presented in English by key figures from the membrane structure industry and academia, opportunity for the study and hands-on development of practical case-studies in an informal tutorial environment will be provided. Among others the following subjects will be addressed

  • 20 Years of Textile Roofs. A summary
  • Introducing Lightweight Structures
  • Computational and Physical Modelling
  • The Design of Tensile Architecture
  • Recent developments in Composites
  • Variety of Membrane Structures
  • Facades with Membranes

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Leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens

Techtextil is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. With over 1,300 exhibitors from 48 countries and around 27,500 visitors from 97 different nations, Techtextil amounts to the world's central marketing and sourcing platform for users and manufacturers of technical textiles and nonwovens.

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to visit the show from 4 to 7 May 2015, to meet a host of international business contacts and to experience this centre of innovation in Frankfurt am Main at first hand?

For more information please visit: techtextil website

Workshop 2011 - Design of Tension Shadecloth Shade Structures 

This workshop was held immediately prior to the 2011 Conference on Wednesday October 12 2011.
Location: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park
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Supported by Engineers Australia for CPD Credits

Tensioned membrane structures have become an important structural form for both large span roof structures as well as for smaller covered areas which also serve as an architectural statement. This seminar is an opportunity to learn about the basic structural design parameters, material selection, fabrication and erection techniques.

A particular focus of the seminar will be design factors, fabrication details, shade prediction and maintenance of smaller shade structures made from knitted porous shade-cloth with applications to providing shade to schools, playgrounds, car parking and storage, nurseries and domestic environments. 

Topics which will be presented

  • Brief history of tension membrane and shade cloth structures and modern architectural fabric materials
  • Understanding the engineering design process and the nature of structural supports, edge and attachment details
  • Fabrication, construction, installation and maintenance processes
  • Particular issues (fire, shade prediction, legal, costing, vandalism, access etc) pertaining to shade cloth structures.

IABSE IASS Symposium 2011 - Taller Longer Lighter

The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
and the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)
London, September 20-23, 2011
Incorporating the 6th International Conference on Space Structures traditionally held at Surrey University
 
Preliminary Invitation and Call for Papers
The Olympics will be held in London in 2012. This was one reason why IABSE and IASS both decided to hold their 2011 Symposium in the UK, taking advantage of the opportunity to explore the exciting structures under construction for the Olympics.
The decision was made to hold a joint event for the first time since 1994, and the Organisers are delighted that members of both associations and delegates from around the world will come together in September 2011 in London for what promises to be a truly unique occasion.
The event also incorporates the 6th International Conference on Space Structures traditionally held at Surrey University.
The challenge to build taller structures or longer spans using lighter materials has been with us since civilisation began, but to do so using the Earth’s resources in a sustainable way has added extra complexities to the engineer’s task.
Olympic athletes constantly strive to run faster, jump higher or throw further, and the Symposium title of “Taller, Longer, Lighter” reflects the similarly Olympian struggle faced by engineers.
It also provides ample opportunity for authors to contribute interesting and stimulating papers to the Symposium, and acts as an umbrella for a series of sub-themes or topics of interest and relevance to delegates.

The Eighteenth International Workshop on the Design and

Practical Realisation of Architectural Membrane Structures

Textile Roofs 2013

 June 17th - 19th 2013

www.textile-roofs.com

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Lothar Gründig

Berlin Institute of Technology

We would like to invite you to Textile Roofs 2013 Workshop in Berlin. Textile Roofs aims at bringing together international expert knowledge and facilitating the dialogue on emerging topics in the field of Architectural Membrane Structures.

The main objectives of this workshop are to provide fundamental information, as well as presenting the state-of-the-art in textile roof engineering. Above all, the workshop aims to provide practical answers to real-world questions.

The Seventeenth International Workshop on the Design and Practical Realisation of Architectural Membrane Structures

 

Textile Roofs 2012

May 14th - 16th 2012

Berlin Institute of Technology - hosted by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Lothar Gründig

For more information - program, registration, lecturers and activities please visit

www.textile-roofs.de

 

The main objectives of this workshop are to provide fundamental information, as well as presenting the state-of-the-art in textile roof engineering. Above all, the workshop aims to provide practical answers to real-world questions.

 

In addition to a comprehensive programme of lectures presented in English by key figures from the membrane structure industry and academia, opportunity for the study and hands-on development of practical case-studies in an informal tutorial environment will be provided.

 

An information brochure (PDF) is available HERE

 

Among others the following subjects will be addressed

 

Aufzählung

Workshop Overview

Aufzählung

Introducing Lightweight Structures

Aufzählung

Computational and Physical Modelling

Aufzählung

The Textile Roofs Market

Aufzählung

Detailing, Connection Design and Fabrication

Aufzählung

Economic Factors

Aufzählung

Materials for Textile Structures

Aufzählung

Environmental Aspects

Aufzählung

Project Case Studies

Expo AT 13 logo dates small

Date: October 23-25 2013

Orlando, Florida

IFAI has rebranded its 2013 Expo to more closely align with traditional textile markets and to serve the growth and demand for advanced textiles.

The IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and new Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show will be held October 23 – 25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

As an added bonus, IFAI is co-locating with the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association, SGIA Expo 2013.

For further details - see the IFAI Expo website http://ifaiexpo.com/

LSAA 2011  Workshop, Conference, Public Lecture and Design Awards

Public Lecture Flyer & Reg Details

Venue: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park October 12-14 2011
 

1.Technical Workshop

"Design of Tensioned Fabric and Shadecloth Structures"

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Further information:

Workshop Flyer and Draft Program – (PDF)

Registration form - to fill in and sent back
(Word Doc) (download file)

Sponsorship Opportunities - PDF

2. Main Conference.

"Collaborative Design of Lightweight Structures"

Thursday and Friday 13-14 October 2011

Public Lecture “Lightweight Structures” Thursday 13 Oct

Professor Mike Schlaich

Gold Sponsors - Day 1 Mehler and Day 2 Serge Ferrari

 

Further information:

Conference Flyer and Draft Program - (PDF)

Registration form - to fill in and email back (Word Doc to download)

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities - (PDF)

Public lecture Registration and Details (Word orPDF)

4. LSAA Design Awards

Held as part of the Conference Dinner Thursday October 13 2011

Gold Sponsor - Hiraoka

The Conference and Workshop is supported by Engineers Australia

LSAA 2011 Conference on Collaborative Design and LSAA Design Awards

Sydney, 13-14 October Thursday & Friday 2011.

Venue: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

The unique characteristics of larger Lightweight Structure applications – stadia, transport hubs, exhibition spaces, clear span environmental protection – requires an added degree of collaborative design input to be successful.  It is also a feature of these structures that the design details are exposed, very variable in 3D geometry and visible which in turn demands an extra level of design input. There is normally specialized expertise needed for the erection or assembly of such delicate but graceful structures.

The Conference is supported by Engineers Australia

Iconic Lightweight Structures are successful if there is a truly collaborative design team that includes the end client, project managers, architects, engineers (structural and for services in particular), specialized suppliers of high tech fabrics, cables, anchorages, glazing and other components. 

Many solutions – particularly those involving architectural fabrics and cable supporting systems – will be prestressed and as such skilled installers are needed and their input is critical early in the design process.

More and more, these team members will need to communicate and build up a 3D virtual structure from which all members can both visualize the details, determine stresses and erection sequencing as well as provide costings and assurances that there are no clashes when constructed. This requires the different software systems to adhere to interoperability standards to reduce errors. The current Building Information Model software concepts and various related standards for information storage are seen to be central to the efficient working of the design team and the final realization of the project. This virtual model should be capable of simulating erection and be available for ongoing asset management of the facility.

The Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia 
2010 Symposium

Design of Tension Membrane and Shadecloth Shade Structures

Thursday  October 21st 2010 in Brisbane

10.00 - 17.00

Brisbane River View Hotel

Tensioned membrane structures have become an important structural form for both large span roof structures as well as for smaller covered areas which also serve as an architectural statement.

The design principles and fabric material properties needed to be understood for a successful realization of a project are not covered in University courses. This seminar is an opportunity to learn about the basic structural design parameters, material selection, fabrication and erection techniques.

A particular focus of the seminar will be design factors, fabrication details, shade prediction and maintenance of smaller shade structures made from knitted porus shade-cloth with applications to providing shade to schools, playgrounds and domestic environments.

Topics which will be presented

  • Brief history of tensile structures and modern architectural fabric materials
  • Understanding the engineering design process and the nature of structural supports
  • Fabrication, construction, installation and maintenance processes
  • Particular issues (shade prediction, legal, costing, vandalism, access etc) pertaining to shade cloth structures.

Speakers:

A number of speakers will present the material who have had extensive experience in the field.

LSAA 2009 Conference Speakers

"Technology and Sustainability Applications in Lightweight Structures"

Our invited International Speaker is Prof Ian Liddell. Ian is a founder of the respected firm of Buro Happold in the UK. Amongst a raft of completed impressive lightweight structures around the world, perhaps the most well known that Ian designed is the Milleniumm Dome.

Ian Liddell CBE, one of thefounding partners of Buro Happold, retired in 2005 but continues to work for the practice as a consultant. He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at Cambridge University’s School of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Institution of British Architects.

During his 30 years with Buro Happold, Ian worked on an array of projects, mainly on lightweight structures. His innovative design for the cable net and flat fabric roof of theMillennium Domewas recognised in 1999 with the presentation of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, the most prestigious prize for UK engineering.

Other major projects in which Ian has played a principal role include the Mannheim Gridshell, the Glasgow Science Centre Tower, the Globe Theatre in London, the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital atrium roof, the State Mosque of Sarawak and the British Embassy in Riyadh

We are also privileged to have two outstanding local Architects agree to give keynote presentations.

Daryl Jackson and Patrick Ness are well known to the Melbourne and Australian fraternity with a swag of completed projects and current work in the area of lightweight structures and stadia.

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"Technology and Sustainability Applications in Lightweight Structures"

A two day Conference which highlighted the advances and practical use of new technologies, materials and sustainability principles for Lightweight Structures.

Thursday/Friday October 29/30 2009 
The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Our invited International Speaker was Prof Ian Liddell. Ian is a founder of the respected firm of Buro Happold in the UK. Amongst a raft of completed impressive lightweight structures around the world, perhaps the most well known that Ian designed is the Milleniumm Dome. He is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Institution of British Architects.

We were also privileged to have two outstanding local Architects agree to give keynote presentations. Daryl Jackson and Patrick Ness are well known to the Melbourne fraternity with a swag of completed projects and current work in the area of lightweight structures and stadia.  

Download an updated Program as a PDF File  

28 Entries in the four Categories have been received. Winners were announced at the Conference Dinner.


2009 Conference Sponsors 
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