Computation and construction of vault geometry prototypes

Datta, Sambit, Sharman, Michael, Hanafin, Stuart and Chang, Teng-Wen 2011, Computation and construction of vault geometry prototypes, in ISARC 2011 : International Symposium on Automation, Robotics and Construction, ISARC, [Seoul, Korea], pp. 113-117.

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Title Computation and construction of vault geometry prototypes
Author(s) Datta, Sambit
Sharman, MichaelORCID iD for Sharman, Michael
Hanafin, Stuart
Chang, Teng-Wen
Conference name International Symposium on Automation, Robotics and Construction (2011 : Seoul, Korea)
Conference location Seoul, Korea
Conference dates 29 Jun. - 2 Jul. 2011
Title of proceedings ISARC 2011 : International Symposium on Automation, Robotics and Construction
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series International Symposium on Automation, Robotics and Construction
Start page 113
End page 117
Publisher ISARC
Place of publication [Seoul, Korea]
Keyword(s) parametric geometry
digital fabrication
physical prototyping
gaussian vault
Summary Physical models and scaled prototypes of architecture play an important role in design. They enable architects and designers to investigate the formal, functional, and material attributes of the design. Understanding digital processes of realizing scaled prototypes is a significant problem confronting design practice. This paper reports on three approaches to the translation of Gaussian surface models into scaled physical prototype models. Based on the geometry of Eladio Dieste’s Gaussian Vaults, the paper reports on the aspects encountered in the process of digital to physical construction using scaled prototypes. The primary focus of the paper is on computing the design geometry, investigating methods for preparing the geometry for fabrication and physical construction. Three different approaches in the translation from digital to physical models are investigated: rapid prototyping, two-dimensional surface models in paper and structural component models using CNC fabrication. The three approaches identify a body of knowledge in the design and prototyping of Gaussian vaults. Finally the paper discusses the digital to fabrication translation processes with regards to the characteristics, benefits and limitations of the three approaches of prototyping the ruled surface geometry of Gaussian Vaults. The results of each of three fabrication processes allowed for a better understanding of the digital to physical translation process. The use of rapid prototyping permits the production of form models that provide a representation of the physical characteristics such as size, shape and proportion of the Gaussian Vault.
Language eng
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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