Optimization of Single-Storey Steel Buildings Using Generative Design Methodology

Dr. Driver, Dr. Imanpour

Adriano Torres


This research contains the first steps taken by the Steel Centre towards creating an automation tool for the design of single-storey steel buildings. Generative design methodology developed for this purpose can generate a large number of layout options according to the designer's specific requirements. The designer can specify the length, width, and height of the building, which generates the first design option in real-time within Rhino 3D. Wallacei is then used to produce a large number of options by varying the column spacing to obtain the most cost-effective option. Wallacei only takes into account the weight of structural steel, a standard method implemented by fabricators in approximating the cost. This process leads to various plausible design options with their respective design data, aiding the designer in making a judgment call on which options to proceed with. At this moment, S-Frame, a structural analysis program, is being integrated into the automation tool to enhance the generative design process. The main objective of this research is to gain a deep understanding of generative design's possibilities towards structural optimization, which will lead to an automation tool that can design safer and lighter single-storey structures in Canada.

Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada