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Behind the Scenes of the Brunel Tree

January 2, 2014

That’s right, this post will finally answer that burning query: “But how did you make that wonderful parametric Christmas Tree designer, truly, Tom, you are a God amongst men and should become president…Read More

Parametric Design

October 14, 2013 4

After a weekend of prototyping (lit. creating an application from libraries and scripts loosely held together by hope and gaffa tape), this is the beginnings of my contribution to parametric design. “Woah” I hear you cry; “an application that draws…Read More

Finite Element Tetris

September 23, 2013 2

Finite elements software and have some time on your hands? Well, you buckle down to perform some serious geometrically non-linear dynamic imagt analysis… Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you: Finite Element Tetris.Read More

Even More Track Structure Interaction

March 21, 2013 4

Since the 1950s we’ve been using continuously welded rail in the UK, and with the introduction of the Eurocode we’re finally being made to consider the effect this has on our structures. If you want a reminder take…Read More


February 21, 2013 2

Bridge building games are nothing new- in fact I must have about three on my phone. Perhaps surprisingly, they do have some foundation in civil engineering. I’m not saying that mastery of them will make you a…Read More

The LUSAS Scripting Pack

January 10, 2013 1

The LSP (LUSAS Scripting Pack, for those with more time than acronyms) is the result of two years playing with the LPI, in an attempt to enhance the experience. As the LSP is formed of over 35 scripts, some of which…Read More

More Track, Structure and Interaction

November 29, 2012 4

As with all something/something-interaction models, the interactors themselves are secondary. As such, the track itself can be modelled as a single line representing all the rails on the structure, and all the furniture…Read More

What Do Civil Engineers Actually Do?

October 4, 2012 11

“What do Civil Engineers actually do?”. Bewilderingly this isn’t something I’ve actually written about, until now… I could toe the party line; but frankly it’s amazing how so many dynamic words can say so little. Instead I’ve…Read More