“If we could design a million buildings in our sleep…” – Parametric analysis at the cutting edge of glass design.

Automated manufacturing techniques have driven façade panels to myriad of complex shapes in recent years. This is particularly noticeable in glass, where curved or angular geometries are now commonplace in high profile projects.

Such a transition requires engineers to not only have detailed knowledge of structures and materials, but also be able to develop digital tools to rapidly analyse and investigate schemes.

In this presentation, James Griffith explores and demonstrates the benefits of delivering this combination on recent glass projects in Arup. By developing detailed parametric structural analysis tools, rapid input to geometrical and materiality decisions can be provided at early stages of the design and incorporated into a full exploration of design options.

James Griffith

James Griffith joined Arup as a structural engineer in 2014 after graduating in Engineering from Cambridge University. Working with the Façade division, he has been heavily involved in researching and developing the parametric structural analysis capabilities of the group and applying them on projects around the world. James has a strong interest in structural glass and digital design.

Parametric analysis at the cutting edge of glass design
Parametric analysis at the cutting edge of glass design

Image credits: © James Griffith / Arup

Parametric analysis at the cutting edge of glass design
Parametric analysis at the cutting edge of glass design

Image credits: © STEPHEN HOLL ARCHITECTS