My area of expertise is structures. It is fascinating how a structure contributes to the success of the built environment. In English we talk about structure, we bring structure to a building.” The challenge is to absorb forces in the most efficient way. The most beautiful objects will always be those where the emphatic lines of the design reflect the ideal transmission of forces. As an engineer, I translate engineering into solutions that work and fulfil what was conceived. I am always interested in how things work and use that knowledge to apply new developments.
As a Register Designer, I stand for good designs through professionalism and integrity and ensure assurances of structural safety. The responsibility of a structural engineer is great; it goes beyond money and quality. An important task for the Register Designer is to transfer knowledge. I have the pleasure of regularly holding guest lectures in my field, and I sometimes lecture at colleges and universities for somewhat longer periods of time.
What I do at ABT
As a structural designer, I ensure that a spatial, functional idea is developed into a buildable and safe design. I fully apply my knowledge of mechanics, dynamics, materials and construction techniques. I know how techniques such as EEM analysis, parametric design, dynamic analysis, etc. can be used to arrive at unique concepts.
My dream for the future
In addition to the structural engineer’s responsibility regarding safety, there is a great responsibility when it comes to preventing impact on the environment and climate. The burden of CO2 emissions caused by construction is 11% of the total we emit (2022). Of this, 60% is caused by construction. The greatest challenge of our profession to minimize these emissions while keeping projects affordable and doable. Minimalist use of materials in the past has led to such magnificent structures as the Eiffel Tower. Even then there was scarcity; we have to learn to deal with that again.