Published: 28 January 2020

Nohmura Foundation announces sponsorship of Spatial Structures 2020

The Nohmura Foundation for Membrane Structures Technology, which owns global membrane structures organisation Taiyo Kogyo Group (MakMax) in Japan, will be a sponsor of the 7th International Conference on Spatial Structures – consolidating its partnership with the University.

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Nohmura Foundation funded a DAD project at Southwest Jiaotong University, China, in July 2019.

The Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting international research and development in membrane structures, will be sponsoring the conference, which takes place at the University of Surrey from 24 to 28 August 2020 as a joint event with the Annual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS).

The sponsorship is the culmination of nearly four decades of collaboration between Taiyo Kogyo and Surrey’s Spatial Structures Research Centre within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Taiyo Kogyo started to support the activities of the Centre in 1980s and has sent many engineers from Japan, under the supervision of Mr Yoshino Isono, to study on Surrey’s MSc in Structural Engineering over the years.

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DAD project at Sadjad University of Technology, Iran, in December 2019.

In addition, since 2018 Nohmura Foundation has sponsored a series of workshops which have been developed from the DAD (Design, Assemble, Dismantle) concept. DAD is a learning project created by Dr Alireza Behnejad to enable civil/architectural engineering students to gain practical experience of building a full-scale structure. Thanks to the sponsorship, seven DAD Membrane workshops were organised in 2019 at Surrey and at universities in China and Iran.

The design and construction of membrane structures will be one of the main topics for discussion at IASS 2020-Surrey 7, with internationally renowned experts in the field of membrane structures Professor Marijke Mollaert (Belgium) and Massimo Maffeis (Italy) both due to give keynote speeches. The conference will also include technical sessions organised by the IASS Working Group on Tension and Membrane Structures.

Find out more about IASS 2020, including the deadlines for abstract submissions and the exciting new spatial structures design competition being held to co-incide with the event.


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