Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)

To meet the global demand for more sustainable, more sophisticated structures – be they super-tall buildings, protective designs, industrial structures, factories, warehousing, transport infrastructure, communication towers or free-form façade systems – the construction industry is in a transformative period.

When designing and building the world’s most innovative structures, teams can solve these challenges and more with Altair’s world-class design solutions. By modeling and predicting complex structural behavior, wind-induced actions, seismic responses, and other performance factors, Altair’s solutions optimize your structure’s performance, mitigate design risks, and ensure you meet code, safety, deadline, and cost specifications.


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Architectural firms around the world have adopted Altair's collaborative, innovative approach.

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FEA from CAD Without Meshing

To help you deliver groundbreaking products on time, Altair offers unique, proven technology breakthroughs to analyze fully-featured CAD assemblies in minutes, eliminating geometry simplification and meshing. With it, you can explore multiple design options – even for your project’s most complex parts and largest assemblies – at lightning speeds.

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Integrated Structural Engineering

Altair’s structural engineering solutions ensures your workflow productivity and data integrity with comprehensive data transfer links that manage data during consecutive import/export cycles with building information modeling (BIM) and CAD platforms. In addition, a streamlined workflow performs advanced structural analysis and code performance assessments for different building materials and local design codes.

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Unleashing the Power of Digital Wind

When constructing the world’s largest buildings, it’s imperative to consider the impact of wind pressures on the structure and on pedestrian comfort. Virtual wind tunnel testing is a mature technology that accurately models wind pressures, delivers rapid results, and lets designers explore and evolve concepts based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) insights.

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Practice High-performance Design

Altair has developed a multi-disciplinary optimization workflow that helps clients understand structural performance sooner, accelerate design cycles, reduce costs, and validate designs virtually to minimize risk. High-performance design is a holistic, simulation-driven approach for developing safe, feasible, and robust structures.

Altair’s repeatable, customizable workflow combines wind loads with most advanced optimization techniques. Reduce the cost and time to deliver complex steel structures with automatic workflows that integrate all the major AEC structural solvers via direct link or neutral file formats, the power of size optimization for steel sections in 1D models, and topology optimization for 3D models to find the optimal load path.

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Fast Alternative Design with Mesh-free Solver

AEC design cycles have two crucial requirements – product performance and timely delivery. Because of immense project pressures, there’s often insufficient time to investigate design alternatives or new solutions. Altair SimSolid™is a technological breakthrough that lets civil engineers analyze fully featured CAD assemblies in minutes, eliminating geometry simplification and meshing. These insights allow engineers to foresee better alternatives in large structural models and evolve designs within existing project timelines. With SimSolid, design teams can perform multiple iterations of their most complex parts and explore multiple alternatives of large assemblies at blazing speed.

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Integrated Structural Engineering for Everyday Workflows

Altair’s structural engineering solutions ensure streamlined workflows among AEC team members through efficient data transfers during consecutive import/export cycles with BIM, CAD, and 3rd party platforms, providing data integrity while increasing productivity.

Integrated solutions let you perform advanced structural analysis and code compliance checks for different building materials and regional design codes, reducing the time needed to complete projects. Altair’s AEC analysis and design solutions for everyday workflows include

Structural Analysis: Evaluate the effects of self-weight, wind, static loads, moving loads, buckling, vibrations, seismic, and other loading conditions on a structure over time through advanced structural analysis capabilities.

Code Compliance: Comprehensive design solutions that ensure code-compliance and reporting to local design codes for steel, concrete, mass timber, and building foundations, including piles.

Concrete Design: The ability to design and detail reinforced concrete and automatically check thousands of concrete structural elements designs at once. Produce detailed design reports that include clause references and intermediate results for regional design codes.

Mass Timber: The ability to efficiently model and analyze complex mass timber and hybrid timber structures, design timber elements (Glulam, CLT, sawn lumber) and generate code-compliant design reports through a timber design solution that utilizes physical element modeling and automated meshing to reduce project time while increasing accuracy.

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Aerodynamic Insight from Design to Validation

CFD has become a powerful tool deployed throughout the AEC design workflow. For designers, concept-stage aerodynamic simulation helps shape designs to uphold the client’s vision while adhering to downstream performance targets.

Using digital wind tunnel testing, it’s now possible to investigate multiple design alternatives to determine feasibility and update shapes on the fly. For detailed validation in the latter stages of development, Altair CFD™ provides a granular understanding of aerodynamic phenomenon, mitigating risk, and ensuring safety and stability of the structure.

The Altair technology portfolio includes leading CFD tools that leverage both CPU-based Naiver-Stokes and GPU-based Lattice Boltzmann methods, letting clients select the best method to meet their project’s challenges and requirements.

Customer Story: Pedestrian Comfort Improvements on Quinta Torre with CFD

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Façade Engineering and Manufacturing

Modern façade system design requires a multi-disciplinary approach that supports all key aspects of façade engineering – structural engineering, thermal analysis, manufacturing, and protective design.

Structural Engineering: Altair’s technology streamlines structural integrity assessments, even for complex parts and large assemblies with hundreds of parts and bolts with pre-tensioning, weld lines, contacts, and friction, and has intuitive tools for both linear and non-linear analysis.

Thermal Analysis: Users can easily calculate energy consumption and thermal effects by leveraging Altair’s suite of CFD Tools

Blast Simulation: Protective design simulation lets civil engineers predict the effects of blasts and explosions on critical structural systems.

Façade Manufacturing: Altair’s manufacturing feasibility software simulates part extrusion profiles, providing end-to-end solutions for façade development.

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Built for the Future - SOM Achieves Sustainability Objectives Through Innovative Design

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is a renowned global architectural, urban planning, and engineering firm. Known for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings, SOM applies creativity and emerging technologies to design buildings for the future. SOM designed the new United States Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles to be an open and transparent public space, while also constantly considering the materials used in the project and the project's environmental footprint. The structural design specialists at SOM used Altair OptiStruct to generate an ideal project plan that considered sustainable regulations and manufacturing constraints.

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Topology Optimization Improves Gondola Lift Station Building

In modern passenger transport systems, flawless operation, comfort, and safety are key engineering criteria for design. To guarantee these key performance indicators, demanding fatigue tests are performed to ensure a component’s performance and strength. Advanced simulation methods can help to achieve an optimal design and ensure that components meet even the highest safety requirements. Using Altair Inspire, Doppelmayr, a manufacturer of ropeways and innovative transportation systems for ski areas and urban areas, built a design that passed the safety test, and optimized the gondola station to be lighter, safer, and more durable than requested. More recently, Doppelmayr also started using Altair SimSolid™ to explore its designs and create structural efficient concepts for large models and complex assemblies.

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Mass Timber Construction – The Future is Here But Are We Ready? By Smith and Wallwork

Mass timber construction is the future of buildings – after all, there aren't many construction technologies that trap more carbon dioxide than they generate!  But although it is not new technology there are still a number of challenges in the design of these structures, some of which are yet to be addressed by available design standards. Mike White from structural engineers Smith and Wallwork will run through some of the benefits of mass timber construction and discuss some of the big topics in the industry including fire performance and footfall vibration analysis.

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What Can We Learn from Nature for Modern Architecture Structures?

Eric Rusinol, an Architect from The Sagrada Família Foundation, gives us some insight into the project to finish Antoni Gaudí's iconic Cathedral in Barcelona, touching on the teams use of optimization and concept generations technologies from Altair.


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