Christopher Short

Christopher Short

Associate Structural Engineer and Head of Structural Computational Engineering
Buro Happold

Chris is an Associate Structural Engineer based out of Bath, England and leads the Computational Engineering division of the Structures discipline globally. With 8+ years of experience in the industry with roles ranging from office-based consulting, site-based resident engineer to humanitarian field work. Chris has spent time working both across the UK and in Hong Kong, Barcelona and Malawi during his time at Buro Happold.

As a Chartered Engineer with both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, Chris now works as a Project Lead designing masterplans, sports parks, transport hubs, demountable exhibition structures and stadia/arena projects. Notable projects in his portfolio include Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Everton Stadium, Manchester Terminal 2 and Bristol University Temple Quarter Campus in England, Riyadh Central Station in Saudi Arabia and Ocean Park Water World in Hong Kong.

Beyond his project work, Chris leads the Structures Discipline Computational Engineering division at Buro Happold. He leads a global team of developers in the creation of in-house & open source software packages from initial idea through to beta release and wide scale adoption. Chris leads the global adoption programme through creating training schemes, hackathons, project computational kick-off sessions and code academies. By running various entry points to the community, Chris has grown the adoption of Automation tools steadily over the past 2 years.

Chris is also a member of the Buro Happold think tank called ‘The Urban C:Lab’, where participants explore new technologies in the urban environment. Here, he collaborates with the best minds in the industry on the topic of Machine Learning in Generative Urban Design, with the aim to enhance our well-being and happiness within cities.


BHoM - A Specialized Approach in Multidisciplinary AEC Projects

he challenge of interoperability and the need for algorithmic methodologies in structural engineering require innovative computational workflows that are made possible by using the BHoM. The BHoM is a powerful open-source computational development project supported by Buro Happold. It allows to improve collaboration on projects and develop advanced computational workflows unlocking interoperability between multiple AEC software packages. The main features of the tool are presented together with a selection of case studies showing the specialized approach used for developing advanced computational workflows on large-scale projects worldwide, especially in the Middle-East.

(with Giorgio Albieri)

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