Emerging Technologies – London 2013

Emerging Technologies Maymester

Thurs 13 June – Max Fordham LLP

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1:30pm
A small group of students (sustainability, energy and M.E.P. interests) met at the offices of specialist engineers Max Fordham, LLP.

– Neil Smith: Max Fordham overview and recent projects.

– Nick Brown and Pete Burgon: University of Kent project.

Meanwhile, Prof. Brooks was mistakenly led by his smartphone to a different location for Max Fordham: his home. Rescuing the confused instructor, Max Fordham and his wife provided a cup of coffee, and an afternoon of stories and ideas.
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Written by Gregory Brooks

June 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

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Thurs 13 June – Buro Happold

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9:30am
Office visit at Buro Happold – Structural group.
Arranged by Andrew Best, steadfast supporter of our program since 2007.

– Jim Fleming: Cutty Sark visitors centre structure and construction.

– Mike Keverne: Olympic Stadium structure and construction.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

June 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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Wed 12 June – WSP Engineering + visit to The Shard

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9:30am
Office visit to WSP.

– Bill Price: Overview and engineering of The Shard.

– Ron Slade: Presentation on hand-draws sketches in engineering. Examples from history and drawing techniques. Ron brought along 3 giant portfolio binders for the students to look thru. These were full of hand-drawings that he produced while working at WSP.

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1:30pm
Visit to the top of The Shard, accompanied by project engineers Roma Agrawal (tower structure) and Anu (hotel fit-out).

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Written by Gregory Brooks

June 13, 2013 at 2:19 am

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Tue 11 June – Mace Construction

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9:30am
At UCL Classroom. Presentation by Adrian Thomson, Assoc. Director at Mace, construction project manager of The Shard.

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June 13, 2013 at 2:06 am

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Mon 10 June – Foster + Partners

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5:00pm
Office visit to Foster + Partners. Presentations by SMG Specialist Modeling Group directors, followed by a tour of the modeling / fabrication shop.

– Xavier De Kastelier: SMG recent projects and design methods, digital tools.

– Irene Gallou: Design and construction of Masdar City , the first zero-carbon city in the world.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

June 13, 2013 at 2:00 am

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Mon 3 June – Arup: King’s Cross Western Concourse

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9:30am
Office visit to Arup. Presentation on King’s Cross Western Concourse.
Followed by a guided tour by project engineer Nick Bailes.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

June 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

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Thu 5 June – Lawrence Friesen

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9:30am
At our UCL classroom.
Lawrence Friesen of GenGeo, presented a 2 hour discussion about:
– Crafting digital information to digital form.
– History of form-finding and evolution to digital tools.
– Digital Design > Parametric Design > Performative Computational Design.
– Scripting tools and new material fabrication technologies.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

June 13, 2013 at 1:37 am

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