Leave your mark in society. Most of us dream about leaving a mark in society, making a difference or expressing ourselves through our talents and expertise. As a structural engineer you may not be far from reaching such dreams as growing population, demands for social and environmental sustainability and new technologies create new requirements and opportunities for the construction industry. Whether your aspirations for the future are perfectly clear or still a bit hazy, you can be sure Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools such as Tekla Structures help you in reaching them.
We have gathered 3 examples of projects that you might be participating in once you enter the working life.
HOUSE THE GROWING URBAN POPULATION
By 2050, there will be 10 Billion people on planet Earth and many will live in dense urban areas. Growing population challenges city planners, architects and engineers to accommodate the new generation of city dwellers. With growing concerns for social and environmental sustainability, living solutions of tomorrow need to be more space savvy and environmentally friendly.
The habitats in 2050 may not resemble anything we have today. So, how will we live? Perhaps on a floating city in the middle of the ocean, in a roaming home in the middle of the desert or maybe in a steel tree house?
CHALLENGE STRUCTURAL BOUNDARIES
As a structural engineer, you may dream about being part of a project that breaks the boundaries of conventional building design and challenges the way we see structures and use materials. While, most buildings reflect our culture, the time we live in or the prevailing building standards, the world is filled with examples that have broken these principles.
Although challenging the status-quo may not be easy, novel and innovative buildings have the potential to become iconic landmarks of their respective locations. Going beyond the conventional often means looking for inspiration from unexpected places. Some of our favorite examples include: The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, inspired by the bonnet of Ferrari’s famous racing car and the Louis Vuitton Foundation, taking its resemblance from icebergs floating in an ocean.
BRING COMPLEX STRUCTURES TO LIFE
Having studied structural engineering, you may now look at buildings in a completely different way than before. Maybe you see a complex structure and wonder how it transformed from a design into a reality or maybe you state confidently than you could have easily been a part of modeling its structure or making different materials work in unison.
The end-purpose of a building often defines its complexity and functional requirements. Industrial buildings, for example, are increasingly demanding, vast and complicated projects. In order to meet the versatile functional requirements contractors, engineers and other project participants are faced with the challenge to accommodate all specifications into designs and models while simultaneously being time and cost-efficient.
A huge plant for waste incineration and energy recovery under construction in Copenhagen, Denmark is a prime example of combining futuristic design with demanding functional specifications. Once the gigantic project comes online, it will convert domestic waste into heat in an entirely new, more environmentally way.
Do you see yourself working on projects like these that we have shown? You are a structural engineering student and you may not be far from reaching these dreams that address issues such as a growing population and demands for social and environmental sustainability. You will incorporate new technologies such as BIM tools that open new opportunities for the construction industry.