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SL Rasch GmbH has its roots in lightweight construction. As a result, interdisciplinary collaboration between architects and structural engineers has been a necessity from the very beginning. The optimal forms and structures have to be developed computationally, but their stability also has to comply with the applicable standards. Today the engineering department at SL Rasch provides services for lightweight construction, building construction, wind engineering and special structures. SL Rasch undertakes both the structural engineering for all classic planning stages and project-specific subtasks and development assignments.
At SL Rasch, architects and structural engineers work hand in hand – the planning and implementation of complex structures like the carbon fibre composite ring bridge in Mecca simply would not be feasible otherwise.
The SL Design Program Suite delivers the significant benefit of being able to analyse complex three-dimensional lightweight structures such as grid domes, cable nets, membrane and shell structures. Based on information about the elastic properties of every single element and precise data on the geometry of the pretensioned membrane, the virtual prototype can be used to test and optimise the structure taking future loads into account. The parametric, interactive design process also enables us to compare various forms and structures efficiently. Our engineers develop, calibrate and validate highly precise computational models that show both the behaviour of the structural system and the loads acting on it.
When it comes to designing lightweight structures for projects like the hi-tech tent city in Mina, Saudi Arabia, the SL Design Program Suite is used to test and optimise virtual prototypes.
Close interdisciplinary collaboration between the architecture and engineering departments has been common practice at SL Rasch for decades. In building construction, this enhances the efficiency of both the structural systems themselves and the planning and construction processes behind them. It goes without saying that this involves use of the latest BIM environments in Revit and SOFiSTiK.
SL Rasch benefits just as much from its many years of experience with interdisciplinary collaboration as it does from using the latest BIM environments.