The freeform architectural design made it a challenge to use traditional structural analysis software on that project. With SCIA Engineer, KPFF were able import and reuse the architectural model, derive an analysis model, and the automatic meshing capabilities provided a mesh that was clean.
The size and complexity of the museum made it a very special challenge to design the different sub-structures: the base, the cloud and the crystal. Load panels were used to apply the wind tunnel loads and the “absences” tool proved quite useful. The full model contains 27,000 nodes, 32,000 beams and 7,000 load panels.