The Science and Health Building is the fourth and final building of the AUD 154 million redevelopment project at the University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS) inner-city Broadway campus. Inspired by the organic form of a grove tree, the facility was designed by architects Durback Block Jaggers and BVN as a modern structure overlooking the new grass quadrangle. Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW) provided structural design for the post-tensioned floors and required interoperable software to ensure coordination of the structural design of the floors with the innovative, architectural building concept.
TTW used RAM Concept as the principal application in the design of the post-tensioned floors. RAM Concept enabled TTW to design the first-floor transfer level to allow the upper floor space to be maximized while still providing a covered walkway and easy street access from the other side of the building. RAM Concept’s interoperability with CAD software facilitated collaboration so designers could easily capitalize on one another’s work to model the structural elements.
RAM Concept automated analytical tasks, enabling design changes to be made quickly and efficiently, minimizing time spent on otherwise manual calculations. With its comprehensive 3D modeling and analysis capabilities, RAM Concept produced more precise designs, reducing material costs and waste. Using Bentley RAM software allowed TTW to optimize the tendon arrangements to comply with structural design code provisions.
Using RAM Concept, designers could import CAD files to be used as background for modeling structural elements. The reinforcing and tendon arrangements could then be transferred back to CAD for inclusion in the drawing set facilitating collaboration between the engineering and drafting departments. With an integrated modeling approach, the teams ensured the structural design of the floor was coordinated and aligned with the architectural building design concept. The load history deflection feature in RAM Concept allowed TTW to assess the floors for deflections, considering concrete behavior over time to enhance structural integrity.