By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Structural analysis software by structural engineer Hanif Kara

Structural analysis software is the most significant construction advance in the last 10 years.

It means theoretical models - the starting point of any construction project – can be simulated more quickly and with greater frequency and accuracy.

While engineering intuition, sketching and calculations are central to the construction process, structural analysis software connects imagination to ideas and ideas to construction more confidently; it allows for a more performative and productive testing process. Projects such as Herzog and de Meuron’s bird’s nest and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao would not be possible without it.

Alvin Huang & Alan Dempsey’s DRL 10 Pavilion for the Architectural Association used structural analysis software and was conceived, designed and fabricated in eight weeks. The process included over 60 analysis models fed simultaneously ‘upstream’ to the architect and downstream to the manufacturer to automate the production. 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related Jobs

Sign in to see the latest jobs relevant to you!

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters