Start: 02.05.2023
Ende: 15.06.2023


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This course is delivered online.

Parametric design of steel structures 01/23

Parametric design is a process in which a draft can be generated based on data or relations between parts. In a relatively simple way, numerous variants can be considered. This creates a better insight into the possibilities within a design, which results in a better final concept.

During the course you will learn to make parametric models using Grasshopper. The course is tailor made for steel construction and is spread over five days.

The course includes a drawing and a computation module. The first three afternoons are focused on parametric modelling of geometry. The course deals with how to properly set up a clear parametric model. This way of modeling forms the basis for the parametric computation models. Course afternoon 4 and 5 are dedicated to parametric engineering. In this part of the course participants will learn how to set up a parametric finite element model and consecutively how to optimize a steel structure.

After attending the course, participants will be able to draw and calculate a parametric steel hall.

By alternating explanations with short assignments, the knowledge of the participant is gradually expanded during the course. In addition, the full course also includes three homework assignments of about 4 hours. These homework assignments will be discussed during the next course day, see schedule below.

The number of participants is limited to 8.

Course language: English

This course is delivered online on the following dates:

2nd May 2023pre-session to test the software and communications
4th May, 11th and 25th May 2023,
15-17 h
Module 1 – Grasshopper
(including: Speckle, plug-in Tekla)
1st and 15th June 2023,
15-17 h
Module 2 – Parametric computation, Karamba3D
(including: Colibri, KarambaIDEA)
  • Giancarlo Casutt, MSc ETH Bauingenieur, ZPF Consulting AG, Zürich

Costs and study materials

SZS company member CHF 680
SZS individual member CHF 765
Non-member CHF 850

The study material consists of a PDF reader with explanation and exercises.

During the course the participants will work on making their own parametric models. For this it is necessary that each participant has a laptop with a company version of Rhino or a trial version that works 90 days. Next to the laptop a second monitor is necessary.