International Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures

Two weeks ago, GmasP was in Madrid taking part on the International Symposium on Conceptual Design of Structures. The congress was organized by the Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib) and the Spanish Structural Engineering Association (ACHE). It was a great meeting to interact with other colleagues and to learn from each other.

It was a good opportunity to speak about different aspects related to structural engineering, such as inspiration, creativity, data collection, and quality control and project materialization. A congress to improve, collaborate, innovate and contribute with new ideas that can be developed within our office.

It was very instructive to hear about Mike Schlaich´s view (SBP) or Hernan Kravitz from Norman Foster Foundation, among others, about the structural world. It was amazing to discover that we have not forgotten about the tradition or the great masters like P.L. Nervi o Riccardo Morandi, whilst constantly innovating with ideas such 3-D printing in construction or the structural survey using drone technology.

Several projects were presented, with different structural systems and different ways to apply the same concept, such as the unconventional system Skelsion, which we presented, or inspiring projects like the San Negrentino Bridge design by Muttoni et Fernandez Ingénieurs. It was an excellent opportunity to emphasize the importance of collaboration between architects and engineers. As it has been fully demonstrated, the best and most complex projects are materialized when they work collaboratively.

The atmosphere was remarkable and we did not want it to end. We look forward to keeping in touch with everyone and collaborating far beyond this Symposium. GmasP are always aware of the latest updates in construction and we will continue working to achieve the best quality in our sector.