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Digital Design & Computation Conference

Date: 28 March 2019
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Cost: £225 + VAT - Non members
£145 + VAT - Members
£65 + VAT - Student Members
Venue:  The Institution of Structural Engineers HQ, 47 - 58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS  

About the conference

Showcasing the latest developments in computational design, digital workflows and digital manufacturing.
Through expert presentations on new techniques and workshop sessions on new computational design tools, this conference will demonstrate the value of new techniques in structural design.
Practical guidance will help you disseminate the processes and techniques in your organisation and achieve buy-in across a team.
Explore the benefits and challenges of managing computational design teams.

Benefits of attending
  • Learn about the latest developments in digital and computational design tools and how you can use them to design structures
  • Hear how experts in the field are taking structures from the digital drawing board to automated design, manufacture and installation on-site
  • Take away a new perspective on structural design for the 21st century
  • Learn how to manage risks and avoid pitfalls when using digital technologies and computational design tools
  • Preview cutting edge structural optimisation techniques
  • See how you can augment and adapt your practice to the 4th industrial revolution
Who should attend?

The conference is open to engineering professionals with varying levels of experience in using digital design tools.

For those leading teams, there is a focus on managing the use of digital tools – maintaining quality in design and communication and managing design responsibilities.

For those looking for insight into the practical aspects of computational design, three workshop channels encourage delegates to participate at their level of computational knowledge, providing hands-on experience.

If you are new to this area of structural engineering, the conference will help you understand the future of the profession and how powerful computational tools can better equip your engineering teams to tackle daily design challenges.

Supported by

Programme (subject to change)



Registration and Refreshments



Chair's Welcome and Opening Address

David Knight, 
Director, Design & Engineering
Cake Industries



Keynote Address

Speaker to be announced shortly



Digital Fabrication in Structural Engineering - From Concept to Production

Delegates will come to appreciate the story behind the design of complex sculptures and structures, as well as the ups and downs of detailing geometrically complex projects for 'manufacture' using nothing but the power of volunteers and simple hand tools.

Stephen Melville
Founder & Director
Format Engineers

Arthur Mamou-Mani
Founder & Director
Mamou-Mani Ltd.



Panel Discussion: Interoperability in Computational Design - "The best data is the data you already have"

Is there a better way of extracting more from the data we already produce during structural design, and are we using the data we have the best way we can?

This discussion panel includes members from the Institution's Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel and invited guests including the developers behind the grasshopper plugin Salamander and the recently released Buildings and Habitats object Model - two promising avenues in the realisation of smooth data flow between software packages.
Paul Jeffries
Associate & Computational Design Lead
Rob May
Group Director (Bath)
BuroHappold Engineering


Question and Answer Session - Morning panel

Delegates are invited to participate in a panel formed of the speakers from the morning session.






Design Workshops

Delegates will select one of three workshops aimed at giving hands-on experience of a range of computational design techniques. All levels of skill and experience are catered for.



Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3 


An Introduction to Algorithmic Modelling with Grasshopper, Rhino and Tekla Structures

(Trimble Sponsored Workshop)

Optimisation-Driven Creativity in Structural Design

Designing a Digital Workflow - a hands-on workshop for the Interoperable Design Practice

  Stuart Campbell
Engineering Segment Business Development Manager


Sebastian Lindholm
Advanced BIM Consultant

EPSRC Research team The University of Bath, The University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield

Paul Shepherd
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
University of Bath
Facilitators to be
announced shortly


Networking Lunch



The Institution of Structural Engineers' Computational Future

The Chair of the Insitution's Digital Workflows and Computational Design panel shares the panel's aims and how the Insitution is looking to help the profession adapt to modern techniques and technologies.

Jon Leach
Chair, Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel
Director, Building Engineering



Computational Design is Nothing Special

Geoff Morrow of StructureMode shows how computational design tools can augment and develop a small practice's work without disavowing traditional design techniques.

Geoff Morrow
Founder and Director


Recruitment, Skills and the Computational Future of the Profession

Speaker to be announced shortly


Question and Answer Session - Afternoon Panel

Delegates are invited to participate in a panel formed of the speakers from the afternoon session.


Feedback, Summary and Open Forum




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