Encourage the development of computational aspects appearing in the different phases of creation, design, construction and maintenance of shell and spatial structures.
IASS Working Group No. 13 was founded in 1984 at the Dortmund Annual IASS Symposium. The original name of the WG was Numerical Methods in Shell and Spatial Structures, but this has since been generalized to accommodate all types of computational approaches. Therefore, the group interacts with the activities of other IASS Working Groups and aims to support them on their specific tasks.
Over the years, a principal activity of the WG has been to organize International Colloquia. The first three of these were held in Leuven, Belgium in 1986; Tokyo, Japan in 1993; and Taipei, Taiwan in 1997. Subsequently, they have been organized jointly with the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), and these IASS-IACM Conferences have been held in Chania, Crete in 2000; Salzburg, Austria in 2005; and Ithaca, New York, USA in 2008. The Seventh IASS-IACM Conference is being planned for Paris in 2012.
A Sub-Working Group on Computational Morphogenesis was established in 2003 at the IASS Symposium held at Montpellier, France, as a part of this WG. Since then, the Sub-Working Group has organized the IWCM2006 (International Workshop on Computational Morphogenesis) at Nagoya, Japan to diffuse thoughts on how computational morphogenesis can contribute to the art of structural design and to exchange ideas on utilization of structural optimization for structural design. Now, the sub-group has been merged into one of the integral parts of WG13.
- Organize sessions at IASS Symposia and Colloquia related to computational methods in shell and spatial structures
- Participate in the organization of the periodic IASS-IACM Conferences on Computation of Shell and Spatial Structures
- Coordinate with and support other IASS WGs in matters relating to computational methods
WG 13 Board