GTS Software has been used on many prestigious projects worldwide. Here's just a few of the recent projects we've heard about from customers in the UK. Many thanks to Foster and Partners, Architects for permission to reproduce photos and descriptions of just a few of their many world-beating projects.

Further details are available on their website.

A £70m project, The Sage Gateshead, provides unrivalled facilities for people of all ages to make music, hear music and learn music. A glass fronted public concourse and foyers links all the areas - offering spectacular views across the River Tyne. Housing a 1,650-seat concert hall, designed for acoustic superiority, it is the permanent home for the Northern Sinfonia classical orchestra. Architects: Foster and Partners. Engineers: Buro Happold. Program: STRAP

The Smithsonian Institution is the finest example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. When completed in July 2006, the scheme to enclose the building’s grand central courtyard will transform the public’s experience of the Smithsonian’s galleries and provide the Institution with one of the largest event spaces in Washington. Designed to maximise the potential of the Smithsonian courtyard, the sensuous, fully glazed roof canopy develops structural and environmental themes first explored in the design of the Great Court at the British Museum (also designed on STRAP). 

Architects: Foster and Partners.

Engineers: Buro Happold. Program: STRAP

Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is one of the world’s finest art museums. Work is in hand to provide new galleries, a study centre, and temporary exhibition and education spaces. Architecturally, the project echoes themes explored in the Reichstag and the Great Court at the British Museum, establishing a creative dialogue between the old and the new, and strengthening links with the local community by making the building more open and accessible. At the core of the scheme is the restoration of the symmetry and logic of the Museum’s original Beaux-Arts plan, devised in 1907 by the American architect Guy Lowell.

Architects: Foster and Partners

Engineers: Buro Happold  Program: STRAP

In September 2003, Kazakhstan hosted the inaugural Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Following an international competition, Foster and Partners was commissioned to design a permanent venue for the Congress - the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. The building is conceived as a global centre for religious understanding, the renunciation of violence and the promotion of faith and human equality. In addition to representing all the world’s religious faiths, the Palace houses a 1,500- seat opera house, a university of civilisation, and a national centre for Kazakhstan’s various ethnic and geographical groups. In the form of a pyramid, it is 62 metres high with a 62 x 62-metre base.
Architects: Foster and Partners

Engineers: Buro Happold Program: STRAP

The Palace was officially opened on 1st September 2006 - see The Structural Engineer 3rd October 2006
Built on a former shipyard site in Kingston upon Hull, The Deep offers visitors an 'oceanic experience' including a world-class aquarium with around 40 sharks and 3000 fish. The dramatic landmark building was conceived by Architectural Practice, Terry Farrell and Partners. Structural design was by Jubb and Partners (link) using STRAP. For full details of this interesting project, see the article in 'Civil Engineering' February 2006.
STRAP FE structural model of the main aquarium tank Rendered view of STRAP model
Thanks to Jopat of JGRCADD in the Philippines for details of this attractive hospital project designed by CADDWORX Design using STRAP and BEAMD. Shown below left is the clinical cancer dept of Bulacan Provincial Hospital. Shown below right is the STRAP structural steel model of this project.

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