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Paul’s research involves the development of new computer-based tools for both architects and engineers to help with the creation, optimisation and realisation of complex geometry buildings. Until very recently, computers had been used almost exclusively by the building industry as a form of electronic paper, helping designers to communicate their ideas, but not actually contributing to the design process itself. But with the recent development in computational speed, graphics and networking, this means that the full potential of the computer is being wasted.

By combining mathematical techniques such as Dynamic Relaxation, Multi-Objective Optimisation, and Parametric Modelling, Paul aims to facilitate the design of complex geometry forms, using computational techniques to improve the potential structural and environmental performance and constructability of the resulting shapes. He is confident that computers will become active participants in the design process, as well as providing a common platform on which all members of the design team can interactively share ideas and truly collaborate to create innovative and sustainable buildings.

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    Adaptive solution of truss layout optimization problems with global stability constraints

    Weldeyesus, A., Gondzio, J., He, L., Gilbert, M., Shepherd, P. & Tyas, A., 30 Nov 2019, In : Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. 60, 5, p. 2093-2111

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)


    Dataset for the effective length of columns in multi-storey frames

    Webber, A. (Creator), Orr, J. (Creator), Shepherd, P. (Creator), Crothers, K. (Creator), University of Bath, 12 Aug 2015



    Current perspectives and future directions of BIM assessment methods

    Author: Azzouz, A., 29 Apr 2018

    Supervisor: Copping, A. (Supervisor) & Shepherd, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

    Harmonic form-finding for the design of curvature-stiffened shells

    Author: Brandt-Olsen, C., 16 Dec 2015

    Supervisor: Shepherd, P. (Supervisor) & Richens, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


    Interactive Design of Curved‐Crease‐Folding

    Author: Bhooshan, S. B., 1 Sep 2015

    Supervisor: Shepherd, P. (Supervisor) & Richens, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


    Inventory-Constrained Structural Design

    Author: Bukauskas, A., 2020

    Supervisor: Shepherd, P. (Supervisor), Walker, P. (Supervisor), Sharma, B. (Supervisor) & Bregulla, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

    Meta-Parametric Design: Developing a Computational Approach for Early Stage Collaborative Practice

    Author: Harding, J., 22 Apr 2015

    Supervisor: Shepherd, P. (Supervisor), Horswill, D. (External person) (Supervisor) & Williams, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Engineering (EngD)