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Parametric structural design online workshop using SOFiSTiK in Grasshopper 
March 15–17, 2021
10 AM–5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Today’s building industry is increasingly complex and specialized. Modern projects are highly driven by intensive collaboration between architects, structural engineers and other stakeholders. Especially in the digital era, architects and engineers are separated from the building site. Hence, digital models are required to ensure a three-dimensional understanding of the scope of work. The challenge is, the architectural model and the structural model are not exactly the same. 

This workshop will give you an intro into parametric structural design using the connection between the powerful analysis software SOFiSTiK and the nearly endless parametric possibilities of the Rhino/Grasshopper world. An emphasis is on exploring methods of collaboration between architects and structural engineers. It is led by structural engineer and software developer Andrés von Breymann and Andreas Niggl from SOFiSTiK AG, along with BIM specialist Junghwo Park from Umdasch Group Ventures

Participants will probably be structural engineers having basic experience with Grasshopper, but others of course also welcomed. You will expect to learn and achieve the following goals after the workshop:

  • Get a basic understanding on how to set up the analysis workflow in SOFiSTiK
  • Learn about the SOFiSTiK Grasshopper Interface
  • Learn Grasshopper tips and tricks facilitating the analysis workflow
  • Learn how to connect analysis with a BIM-model in Revit using Rhino.Inside
Day 1- Get to know the SOFiSTiK Workflow
  • Structural analysis with SOFiSTiK
  • The SOFiSTiK Rhino Interface
  • Interfacing Grasshopper and SOFiSTiK
  • Useful Grasshopper Tips and Tricks
Day 2  - Dive deep into the SOFiSTiK GH World
  • SOFiSTiK Grasshopper: Basic examples
  • Connecting analysis with BIM using Rhino.Inside
  • More SOFiSTiK basics: combinations, result evaluation and reports
Day 3 - Shall we dance?
  • Conceptual parametric structural design
  • Design collaboration between architects and structural engineers
  • Generation and analysis of volume models
  • Parametric bridge design
  • Future development and summary of the workshop

Online course fee: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note your seat is confirmed only after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be cancelled 15 days before.

Course language: English

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe!

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Join the 2021 second edition from February 1st!

Knowledge is priceless!

We are excited to offer an online comprehensive Grasshopper Computational Design Course for Rhino 6 and 7 in English and Spanish!

For those interested in acquiring Grasshopper skills at your own pace, this online Computational Design with Grasshopper course is for you.

This course explores forms and design possibilities with Grasshopper’s tools and their relationship to Rhino. 
Watch a few of the projects you will be able to create after the completion of this course! The class will help you improve your workflow by covering modeling geometry, data structure, general concepts, data types, data matching, lists, trees, and of course, tons of creativity. It will provide you with a functional understanding of Grasshopper and parametric design thinking. Grasshopper’s preliminary design and concept development advantages come to life in numerous real-life examples throughout the course.

This online course is now available! It is free for teachers and students and offered at a discounted price for professionals using the following coupons:

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Check out Rhino3D.Education for the latest courses on Rhino, Grasshopper, and more!

DesignMorphine has announced new amazing webinars:
  • February 6, 2021 - Bionic Articulations V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 1 – Prosthesis), Bionic Articulations V1.0 will focus on designing bespoke components that are integrated as prosthetic extensions of the human body. Students will learn to create high-resolution bionic ornamentation of the human body using dynamic digital sculpting. 
  • February 7, 2021 - Contorted Compositions V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 2 – Corpuscle), Contorted Compositions V1.0 will explore parametric workflows that combine complex geometry design and procedural modeling using Grasshopper algorithms to create architectural spaces. Participants will be guided through different approaches for creating periodic surfaces and morphing them into compound pavilion topologies.

  • February 13, 2012 - Kinetic Correlations V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 4 – Kinesis), Kinetic Correlations V1.0 will investigate generative swarm-based systems, vectors, vector trails, and particle systems in Houdini. Participants will learn how to create and develop visually inspiring generative formations built on parametric principles and computational rules. 

  • February 14, 2021 - Scripted Synergies V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 5 – Cosmogony), Scripted Synergies V1.0 will introduce agent-based assemblies and systems through custom coding in Grasshopper. Participants will get a basic understanding of scripting and algorithm design using C# and object-oriented Programming. 

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