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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Computer Scientists Help Build a Wooden Dome Made from Waste

Multiple challenging uses of computing to address a complex problem. 

Computer Scientists Help Build a Wooden Dome Made Solely from Waste

ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Rahel Künzler, April 26, 2022

A team of architects, engineers, and computer scientists at Switzerland's ETH Zurich built a geodesic dome using demolition waste. The team members salvaged plywood panels, wooden beams, steel girders, and plastic piping from an old car depot in Geneva before its demolition. One student programmed an algorithm to calculate the geometry and dimensions of the desired dome based on the available timber, with the goal of utilizing as much of the scrap wood as possible. Another created an online platform for building materials that serves as a digital material passport, with each piece of wood marked with a QR code that links to the platform. Said team leader Catherine De Wolf, “Projects like this one can only succeed if all the stakeholders are on the same page.”   ... ' 

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