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Sustainable structures through computational design

Event organised by ICE

07 March 2024

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In this online event brought to you by the ICE Bristol and Bath Early Careers Network, Diederik Veenendaal, a renowned structural designer and engineer, and founder of Summum Engineering in Rotterdam, Netherlands, will explore the transformative role of parametric modelling.

This presentation will touch on the innovative use of computational design and mathematics in creating sustainable structures. By highlighting projects ranging from traditionally-crafted timber to advanced digitally fabricated structures using materials like earth and concrete, Diederik will demonstrate how these techniques can alter the way we build.

This talk aims to inspire current and future engineers by showcasing how parametric modelling can not only enhance aesthetic and functional aspects of structures but also significantly contribute to sustainability and resource efficiency. Join us for an insightful journey into the future of building, where tradition meets technology, and sustainability is at the forefront.


Diederik Veenendaal

Diederik Veenendaal

Summum Engineering

structural engineer

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Diederik Veenendaal

Diederik is a structural engineer, passionate about innovative and complex structural designs, as well as parametric modelling, computational optimisation and sustainability.

He studied civil engineering at the University of Technology in Delft in the Netherlands, and started his professional career at Witteveen+Bos engineering consultants, working on the downtown subway stations of the North/South subway line in Amsterdam and the largest tensioned membrane roof in the Netherlands, ice skating arena De Scheg in Deventer. He carried out his doctoral research on flexibly formed concrete shell structures at the Block Research Group, also serving as co-editor for the book ‘Shell Structures for Architecture’ and as project coordinator for research & innovation unit NEST HiLo. He obtained his doctorate from the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2017.

Since then, he owns and operates design and engineering company, Summum Engineering in Rotterdam, that focuses on lightweight and spatial structures; digital fabrication; natural, biobased and earthen materials; as well as building renovations and reclaimed, circular materials.

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