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An intuitive and accurate software tool for complex shaped prefabricated facades

Combining formal freedom during the design with precise, specialized data for the production


Building facades using precast concrete panels has interesting advantages such as high speed, quality and geometrical freedom. But when one build edifices which exploit all these advantages to their maximum, all the professionals involved need an optimum exchange of information between them. For example, this exchange is difficult and prone to error in the cases that use plaster models, CAD 2D and software tools for prefabrication. In this sense, this article presents F-CAD, a software tool for prefabricated facades, which combines formal freedom during the design with the generation of precise, specialized data for the production. After the successful application of this tool in a GFRC (Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete) facade of a residential tower in Barcelona, F-CAD is ready to be applied in new cases.

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Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB)

Physics design

CPi worldwide journals are trade journals for the concrete and precast concrete industry that are published in 10 different language editions in more than 170 countries. These trade journals, with their practical editorial reporting on research, production and applications, are specifically addressing the decision makers of the concrete and precast concrete industry.

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