Date: October 23-25 2013
IFAI has rebranded its 2013 Expo to more closely align with traditional textile markets and to serve the growth and demand for advanced textiles.
The IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and new Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show will be held October 23 – 25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
As an added bonus, IFAI is co-locating with the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association, SGIA Expo 2013.
For further details - see the IFAI Expo website http://ifaiexpo.com/
LSAA 2011 Workshop, Conference, Public Lecture and Design Awards
"Design of Tensioned Fabric and Shadecloth Structures"
Wednesday 12 October 2011
Workshop Flyer and Draft Program – (PDF)
Registration form - to fill in and sent back
(Word Doc) (download file)
2. Main Conference.
"Collaborative Design of Lightweight Structures"
Thursday and Friday 13-14 October 2011
Public Lecture “Lightweight Structures” Thursday 13 Oct
Professor Mike Schlaich
Gold Sponsors - Day 1 Mehler and Day 2 Serge Ferrari
Registration form - to fill in and email back (Word Doc to download)
4. LSAA Design Awards
Held as part of the Conference Dinner Thursday October 13 2011
Gold Sponsor - Hiraoka
The Conference and Workshop is supported by Engineers Australia
LSAA 2011 Conference on Collaborative Design and LSAA Design Awards
Sydney, 13-14 October Thursday & Friday 2011.
Venue: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park
The unique characteristics of larger Lightweight Structure applications – stadia, transport hubs, exhibition spaces, clear span environmental protection – requires an added degree of collaborative design input to be successful. It is also a feature of these structures that the design details are exposed, very variable in 3D geometry and visible which in turn demands an extra level of design input. There is normally specialized expertise needed for the erection or assembly of such delicate but graceful structures.
The Conference is supported by Engineers Australia
Iconic Lightweight Structures are successful if there is a truly collaborative design team that includes the end client, project managers, architects, engineers (structural and for services in particular), specialized suppliers of high tech fabrics, cables, anchorages, glazing and other components.
Many solutions – particularly those involving architectural fabrics and cable supporting systems – will be prestressed and as such skilled installers are needed and their input is critical early in the design process.
More and more, these team members will need to communicate and build up a 3D virtual structure from which all members can both visualize the details, determine stresses and erection sequencing as well as provide costings and assurances that there are no clashes when constructed. This requires the different software systems to adhere to interoperability standards to reduce errors. The current Building Information Model software concepts and various related standards for information storage are seen to be central to the efficient working of the design team and the final realization of the project. This virtual model should be capable of simulating erection and be available for ongoing asset management of the facility.
The Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia
Design of Tension Membrane and Shadecloth Shade Structures
Thursday October 21st 2010 in Brisbane
10.00 - 17.00
Brisbane River View Hotel
Tensioned membrane structures have become an important structural form for both large span roof structures as well as for smaller covered areas which also serve as an architectural statement.
The design principles and fabric material properties needed to be understood for a successful realization of a project are not covered in University courses. This seminar is an opportunity to learn about the basic structural design parameters, material selection, fabrication and erection techniques.
A particular focus of the seminar will be design factors, fabrication details, shade prediction and maintenance of smaller shade structures made from knitted porus shade-cloth with applications to providing shade to schools, playgrounds and domestic environments.
Topics which will be presented
- Brief history of tensile structures and modern architectural fabric materials
- Understanding the engineering design process and the nature of structural supports
- Fabrication, construction, installation and maintenance processes
- Particular issues (shade prediction, legal, costing, vandalism, access etc) pertaining to shade cloth structures.
A number of speakers will present the material who have had extensive experience in the field.
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