McNeel Europe is the industrial partner of the Innochain Network, a shared research training environment linking academia with industry in the field of architecture and construction. The program is funded by the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement, allowing 15 interdisciplinary researchers to work simultaneously on compatible projects across three core packages.
As part of the Communicating Design package, Innochain researcher Evy L.M. Slabbinck is working on the Integration of Isogeometric Analysis. Her PhD research at the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart, is supervised by Prof. Knippers and in collaboration with BIG and McNeel Europe.
Isogeometric analysis is an emerging technology driven by the present gap between the simulation of structural analysis and design software. This newly developed computational method is a new approach to Finite Element Method, taking non-approximated geometry into consideration by using conventional NURBS-based CAD models. The isogeometric concept of using the same basis for geometry and analysis, capable of exactly representing the geometry, enables a higher level of communication and integration. The research aims at the integration of Isogeometric Analysis in today’s CAD packages and exploring its potential for architectural design culture.