Automation, digitalization, and computational methods in advanced timber structures


Funding: NCCR Digital Fabrication

Status: Ongoing

Researcher: Dr. Aryan Rezaei Rad, Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and Digital Architecture and Fabrication


This research aims to foster digitalization and automation in the computer-aided design and engineering of advanced timber structures using open-source software infrastructures. The main objective of this research is to formulate an algorithmic framework in digitally-designed and fabricated timber structures by employing knowledge from digital architecture, computer science, engineering informatics, and structural engineering.

COMPAS, a framework for computational research in architecture and structures, and developed by the Block Research Group of ETH Zurich and with the support of the National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, is used as the open-source platform for interacting with datastructures and geometrical objects.
Design optimization package in timber structures is currently an ongoing user-contributed package being developed at IBOIS that uses reduced-order macroscopic mechanical models for structural simulation and design of timber plate structures.

This research is supported by the NCCR Digital Fabrication, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. (NCCR Digital Fabrication Agreement # 51NF40-141853).


Link to Dr. Rezaei Rad’s doctoral dissertation
Link to publications
Link to Dr. Rezaei Rad’s profil on dfab website