The Rise of Metals: Using New Materials and Processes in Structural Applications

The Rise of Metals: Using New Materials and Processes in Structural Applications

Progress in structural engineering and construction methods is often directly linked to advancements in materials. Developments in metal systems—including recent examples in superalloys, amorphous and glassy metals, and metal-matrix composites—allow designers to create new forms and adapt to future structural applications. In this webinar, we will discuss these developments from both metallurgical and structural engineering perspectives. We will discuss innovations in metals processing—such as powder metallurgy, thermal spray applications, and 3D printing—and review the advantages and disadvantages of these new methods. We will also present recent applications where we have used innovative metallurgical systems for sculptures, kinetic and deployable structures, and pedestrian bridges.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand new developments in metallurgical engineering and construction materials.
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of different types of new metal systems.
  • Identify innovations in processing that allow for the production of these new materials.
  • Learn about applications of new metals in various structural and construction uses.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Alan Humphreys
Alan Humphreys | Senior Technical Manager

Alan Humphreys is a metallurgical engineer specializing in failure analysis and structural assessment for degraded materials systems caused by corrosion, fracture and fatigue, or wear. He has an extensive technical background in laboratory testing and analysis to ASTM International, NACE International, and American Petroleum Institute standards, including the design of fitness for purpose experimentation. He works on a range of projects involving structures, petrochemical, transportation, and materials processing.

Paul Kassabian
Paul Kassabian | Principal
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Paul Kassabian specializes in structural design and investigation on a wide range of structural systems, from buildings for architects to projects on the cutting edge of both structural systems and materials. He develops innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house Applied Science & Research Center, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. He is the practice leader of the SGH Digital Lab.