Digital in discussion: do digital design tools compromise creativity?
Date & Time

5 June 2024
17:30 - 19:30 BST

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47-58 Bastwick St, London, EC1V 3PS
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Free

Digital in discussion: do digital design tools compromise creativity?

Digital in discussion: do digital design tools compromise creativity?

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Date & Time

5 June 2024
17:30 - 19:30 BST

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47-58 Bastwick St, London, EC1V 3PS
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Free

An expert panel discusses whether structural engineers should fully embrace automated design tools, or if it compromises creativity and expertise.

The recent rise of ‘creative’ AI tools has sparked renewed discussion of the ability of machines to emulate creativity.

  • Can AI contribute to innovative and creative solutions in structural engineering, or does it risk stifling human ingenuity and imagination?

  • How crucial is the human touch?

  • Are human intuition, creativity, and experience even needed to begin with or can machines truly replicate or replace these qualities?

Join us at this in-person evening panel event at the Institution's HQ to discuss the intersection of creativity and technology and out your questions to our panel. This discussion will be recorded and be made available post-event on the IStructE website for on-demand access.
 
This digital discussion is a two-part series and our next discussion is set for late October. More details will be available in the next few months.

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The event is free and open to anyone interested in the topic. 
NB: This event is in-person only and not available to join online. 

 

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James Bayley
James Bayley
Chair
James leads a small team as the Software Architecture Lead for UK Structures at WSP, developing bespoke software solutions for civil engineering clients. After starting his career as a Structural Engineer on projects like Birmingham's Mercian Tower, he shifted into software engineering.  James’ career-defining decision was motivated by a long-term, unfulfilled interest to build new technology products, combined with a general dissatisfaction with the state of civil engineering applications at the time. He holds an MEng in Civil Engineering (University of Birmingham), an MSc in Computing (Open University), and is completing a Diploma in User Experience Design (UX Design Institute).
 
This panel discussion is timely and thought-provoking given the rapid evolution and deployment of Generative AI solutions everywhere. James was keen to chair the session because he is enthusiastic about the subject matter and wants to dive deeper.
 

 
 
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Tristram Carfrae
Tristram Carfrae
Panellist
A former Deputy Chair of Arup, Tristram has chaired the Digital Executive and was the sponsor of Arup's strategy for achieving excellence in all aspects of its operations. A structural engineer by practice, he contributed to numerous award-winning buildings, including the iconic Water Cube for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, where he utilised digital fabrication and modern methods of construction.
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Dr Donya Hajializadeh
Dr Donya Hajializadeh
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Donya is a Chartered civil engineer (CEng MICE) and Director of Employability at the School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey. With over a decade’s experience in structural and bridge engineering, she specialises in building direct and indirect data-driven structural health monitoring systems, critical infrastructure 3R(reliability, risk and resilience) assessment, and building performance-based digital twins. Donya has worked on a diverse array of commercial and research projects, ranging from implementing virtual real-time load and load effect monitoring concepts to developing service life assessment tools for road and rail bridges across Europe. Her recent work on a scaled and practice-based feasibility study for an indirect damage detection system received DfT's Chief Scientific Advisor's 'Innovative Solution' award in 2022.
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Nick Tyrer
Nick Tyrer
Panellist
Nick is an architect and computational designer, specialising in the use of design technology to create innovative and iconic architectural designs, aspiring to craft joyful public spaces and novel experiences. Named RIBA rising star in 2019, a ‘digital innovator currently rising to the fore’, Nick has been key to defining the studios creative vision and computational design approach.
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