Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)

From super-tall buildings and protective design to free-form façades systems and façade manufacturing – the challenges of designing and building the world’s most innovative structures is possible using Altair technology. By modeling and accurately predicting complex structural behavior and wind-induced actions, and optimizing the overall performance while mitigating design risks, we can help meet safety, deadlines, and cost specifications.

Design teams can unleash their creativity and see concepts validated quicker and with fewer design iterations, while structural teams can enhance the design process with automatic optimization workflows to accelerate design cycles with maximum performance. Civil engineers can gain insights throughout the entire development process to rapidly evolve designs, control costs, and ensure structures are safe and feasible.


Modern Stadium Design Inspired by Topology Optimization

Altair engineers used Altair® Inspire™ to create a stadium concept using topology optimization, an approach that influences many past Olympic stadium projects.

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Optimization Inspired by Nature

Optimization Inspired by Nature

Finding more efficient shapes, reducing material and weight, and increasing stability is vital. To meet these challenges, designers and engineers leverage topology optimization. This process follows the patterns of material growth in biological forms to eliminate material redundancies within prescribed performance targets and create optimized structures.

Unleashing the Power of Digital Wind

Unleashing the Power of Digital Wind

When building the world’s largest buildings, it’s imperative to consider the impact of wind pressures on the structure and on pedestrian comfort. Virtual wind tunnel testing is now globally recognized as a mature technology that produces accurate modeling of wind pressures, delivers rapid results, and enables designers to explore and evolve concepts based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) insights.

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Resilience Against Blast Events

Resilience Against Blast Events

As an established leader for blast and explosion effects, and high velocity impacts for risk mitigation, Altair enables civil and material engineers to gain valuable insights for safer structures by simulating these events, predicting damage, identifying structural vulnerabilities, and optimizing the design for maximum structural integrity under extreme loads.

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Practice High-performance Design

Altair has developed a multi-disciplinary optimization workflow that allows clients to understand structural performance sooner, accelerate design cycles to reduce cost, and virtually validate designs to reduce risk. High-performance design is a holistic approach for developing feasible, safe and robust structures with a simulation-driven approach.

Altair’s repeatable and customizable workflow combines wind loads with most advanced optimization techniques. The cost and time to deliver complex steel structures is reduced with automatic workflows capable of integrating all the major AEC structural solvers via direct link or neutral file formats, the power of size optimization for steel sections in 1D models, and topology optimization for 3D models to find the optimal load path.

This collaborative and innovative approach has been adopted by architectural firms around the world, including Zaha Hadid Architects' study to generate a new structural and architectural expression for the Neue National Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

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Fast Alternative Design with Mesh-free Solver

Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) design cycles have two crucial requirements: product performance and timely delivery. Due to immense project pressures, there is often insufficient time to investigate design alternatives or new solutions. Altair SimSolid™ is a technological breakthrough that allows civil engineers to analyze fully featured CAD assemblies in minutes, eliminating geometry simplification and meshing. These insights allow engineers to foresee better alternatives in large structural models and rapidly evolve designs within existing project timelines. With SimSolid, design teams can perform multiple iterations of their most complex parts and explore multiple alternatives of large assemblies at blazing speed.

Accurately analyze steel joints in 90 seconds with SimSolid.

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Aerodynamic Insight from Design to Validation

CFD has become a powerful tool deployed throughout the AEC design workflow. For designers, concept-stage aerodynamic simulation helps shape designs to uphold the client’s vision while adhering to downstream performance targets.

Using digital wind tunnel testing, it is now possible to investigate multiple design alternatives to determine feasibility and update shapes on the fly. For detailed validation in the latter stages of development, Altair CFD™ provides a granular understanding of aerodynamic phenomenon, mitigating risk, and ensuring safety and stability of the structure.

The Altair technology portfolio includes leading CFD tools that leverage both CPU-based Naiver-Stokes and GPU-based Lattice Boltzmann methods, allowing clients to select the best method to meet their challenges and project requirements.

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Façade Engineering and Manufacturing

The design of modern façade systems requires a multi-disciplinary approach, supporting all key aspects of façade engineering; structural engineering, thermal analysis, manufacturing and protective design.

Structural engineering: Altair’s technology streamlines the assessment of structural integrity, even for complex parts and large assemblies with hundreds of parts and bolts with pre-tensioning, weld lines, contacts and friction, with fast and intuitive tools for both linear and all non-linearity analyses.

Thermal analysis: Energy consumption and thermal effects can easily be calculated leveraging Altair’s suite of CFD tools.

Blast simulation: Protective design simulation allows civil engineers to predict the effects of blast and explosion on critical structural systems.

Façade Manufacturing: Altair’s manufacturing feasibility software simulates part extrusion profiles, providing end-to-end solutions for façade development

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Built for the Future - SOM Achieves Sustainability Objectives Through Innovative Design

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is a renowned global architectural, urban planning, and engineering firm. Known for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings, SOM applies creativity and emerging technologies to design buildings for the future. SOM designed the new United States Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles to be an open and transparent public space, while also constantly considering the materials used in the project and the project's environmental footprint. The structural design specialists at SOM used Altair OptiStruct to generate an ideal project plan that considered sustainable regulations and manufacturing constraints.

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New Simulation Strategies Slash Project Times and Costs

The recent introduction of novel simulation technologies now enables a broader community of designers and civil engineers to apply simulation earlier and throughout AEC projects. Here, leading AEC design firms describe how this transformational shift has given their business a positive impact on project times and costs by leveraging Altair simulation solutions.

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Your Next House Might Have a Wood-Carbon Composite Roof

Architects in search of the ultimate, light, thin, elegant floating shapes – the kind that appear to overcome gravity – are increasingly moving towards a more holistic approach that combines design, engineering and manufacturing to see their ideas come alive.

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Certified Panorama Thanks to Simulation

When planning offices and foyers to showcase the hallmark values of their customers, many architects benefit from the open and inviting atmosphere of glass structures. Faraone, designer and manufacturer of such lightweight structures, used Altair solutions to analyze and redesign support structures for large-scale glass elements, which are the core business of the company. The results are topologically optimized and stiffer aluminum channels that can host the structural glass element. With cost reduction, shorter development times, and design efficiency, this use case from Faraone demonstrates the benefits of simulation technologies in accelerating product development.

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