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Beijing Watercube engineer tells all to our students


1 September 2008

Mark Arkinstall (image copyright Arup)
Mark Arkinstall (image copyright Arup)

Mark Arkinstall returned to the University of Sydney where he completed his Masters degree 10 years ago.

Mark's skills were instrumental in the design of the National Swimming Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mark developed a new structural optimisation program, whichenabled this complex steel structure in the shape of thousands of bubbles to be realised.

Mark's lecture had our students enthralled as he outlined the structural design of the iconic structure, from concept, design and construction.

"How many engineers were involved in the design of the steel super - structure?" asked one of our students at the end of the lecture.

"Two" was the quick reply, as he noted how the automated design process, aided by 12,000 lines of visual basic code, eliminated the need for manual calcualtions.

Visit Mark's website at Arup.

WaterCube (image copyright Arup)
WaterCube (image copyright Arup)