Digital Fabrication: the New Normal - Americas webinar

Digital Fabrication: the New Normal - Americas webinar

In these unprecedented times, we are all rethinking how best to operate, fabricate and design our built environment in a complex, volatile and uncertain world.

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly stimulate digital innovation. Arup is looking to forge creative partnerships aligned with its aspiration to reuse whatever we can and to reduce construction waste by applying the circular economy and digital fabrication techniques.

In this webinar, experts from across Arup discuss a range of topics including the value of communicating complex geometry within construction, and Arup's use of digital fabrication for precast elements in the design of New York's 'Little Island'.

Panel one

In this first panel introduced by Will Cavendish, we hear from experts including Arup Group Deputy Chair Tristram Carfrae addressing using prefabricated elements for waste reduction, Director in London John Batchelor’s discussion of the opportunity of digital fabrication in rail tunnel system fit outs, as well as Senior Structural Engineer Joseph Thiang speaking to the value of communicating complex geometry with in construction 3D, 4D, and 5D simulations.

Panel one (click to view speakers)

00:01:31 Will Cavendish – Welcome

00:05:40 Tristram Carfrae - Digital Fabrication at Kuwait International Airport

00:11:00 John Batchelor - Digital Fabrication in Infrastructure: Logistics and Operational Challenges

00:19:02 Joseph Thiang - Communicating complexity in construction – 443 Queen Street, Brisbane

00:25:36 Q&A Panel chaired by Graham Dodd

Panel two

In this second panel, we hear from Rudi Scheuermann, Global Building Envelope Design Leader, on using digital fabrication with low-grade material for short term installations, Associate Director in London Francis Archer’s presentation on the progress of 3D printing of concrete in Arup projects, Amsterdam’s Shibo Ren on his discussion of material efficiency, integrated systems, and design optimization that be achieved with digital fabrication, and lastly Dave Farnsworth, New York Principal, on Arup’s use of digital fabrication for precast elements in the design of “Little Island” (Pier 55, NYC).

Panel two (click to view speakers)

00:00:03 Rudi Scheuermann - From Idea to Building

00:07:05 Francis Archer - Leapfrogging in Construction: India

00:12:52 Shibo Ren, with Bettine Gommer and Bareld Nicolai - The Value of Complexity: The Netherlands

00:18:15 Dave Farnsworth - Design for Digital Fabrication “Little Island” (Pier 55), New York City

00:32:21 Q&A Panel chaired by Graham Dodd

00:48:17 Closing remarks by Will Cavendish