Author: Philippe Block (ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Ochsendorf DeJong & Block),, Tom Van Mele (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Andrew Liew (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Matthew DeJong (Ochsendorf DeJong & Block), David Escobedo (Escobedo Group) and John Ochsendorf (Ochsendorf DeJong & Block)
1 May 2018
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Philippe Block (ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Ochsendorf DeJong & Block),, Tom Van Mele (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Andrew Liew (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Matthew DeJong (Ochsendorf DeJong & Block), David Escobedo (Escobedo Group) and John Ochsendorf (Ochsendorf DeJong & Block)
This paper describes the form-finding process and detailed structural analysis. Steel supports were designed to take the reaction thrusts of the vault and transfer them safely to both the ground and the internal steel tie system. The stone-cutting process for the limestone is also outlined, describing the rough-finished inner surface, which was patterned to follow lines of internal force flow, and the smooth flat outer surface. Finally, the process of erecting the formwork and falsework on site is also set out, including the process of decentring and the use of custom keystones.
This month, judge Ron Slade has selected two winners: Duncan Walters of Eckersley O’Callaghan and Rob Nield of Arup. Each receives an e-book of their choice from the Institution’s current catalogue. You can also view Duncan's sketches and Rob's sketches in full online.
In this section we shine a spotlight on papers recently published in Structures – the Research Journal of The Institution of Structural Engineers. This month we highlight eight papers shortlisted for the Structures prizes in 2018: the Best Research Paper Prize and the Best Research into Practice Paper Prize. Members are encouraged to explore these papers. Access to Structures is free to Institution members (excluding Student members) as one of their membership benefits, with access provided via the ‘My account’ section of the Institution website. The journal is available online at: www.structuresjournal.org
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