StructureCraft are a dedicated, skilled, and leading-edge group of in-house structural engineers, modellers, detailers, estimators, project managers, supervisors and carpenters. The team hails from a variety of countries beyond Canada including United States, Italy, Norway, Scotland, India, Mexico, France, Holland, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany. Their passion is creating beautiful, signature structures in the most efficient way possible.
In this special guest episode, I speak with Lucas Epp about the innovative ways StructureCraft are transforming the process of design, manufacture and construction through software to achieve the holy grail of true digital fabrication - they call it Branch [not yet released].
Lucas is a structural engineer with more than 15 years of experience working in Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. After graduating from UBC, he spent several years working for StructureCraft, where he was responsible for modelling several large-scale timber projects including the 2010 Olympic Speed Skating Oval roof structure. Following a desire to explore abroad, he moved to London, UK for 5 years to work for Buro Happold. While there, he worked with some of the world's leading architects designing a range of projects including London's Olympic Stadium and a 300m (1000ft) tower in Kuwait. He then moved to New Zealand, working there on several seismically challenging projects for 2 years prior to returning to Canada.
His expertise with complex geometry and challenging structures has led to involvement in projects where the close interaction of architecture and structure is critical to the success of the project. Lucas has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at ETH Zurich, the Architectural Association in London, and MIT, among others.
Lucas has had a lifelong exposure to timber, working at StructureCraft from a young age on the shop floor. He has since been involved in many of the company's signature projects, including the sweeping 200m (650ft) long Arena Stage Theatre facade in Washington, DC and an 80m (265ft) clear span footbridge in Banff, and now leads the engineering department at StructureCraft.
Production by Deeelicious Beats
Music "Game Play" by Quality Quest
Podcast is a Mass Timber Construction Journal Production
Sponsors of the Podcast:
Rothoblaas is an Italian multinational with its roots in the Alpine region; a leading developer and provider of high technology solutions for all those involved in the construction with wood sector. Always engaged in finding solutions for the improvement of the sector, today Rothoblaas is one of the leading companies worldwide in the development of products and services dedicated to the wood carpentry industry, and continues to export know-how from the heart of the Italian Alps to the world.
International Association for Mass Timber Construction (IAMTC)
The International Association for Mass Timber Construction aims to promote and deliver value to its members and associated stakeholders through an all-encompassing approach to advocacy, thought-leadership, development for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing sectors, provide educatio