Structural geometry | Geometrica


    Structural Shapes and Geometries

    Geometrica structures come in a dazzling variety of shapes and patterns, all capitalizing on the inherent strength of triangular lattices. The great variety is made possible by our sophisticated computerized design and manufacturing process.


    Doubly curved domes (erected on a circular foundation) can span long distances. Their curvature transfers stresses efficiently with little to no bending moments, making them far stiffer than conventional flat surfaces.

    Double curvature in one direction is shown below as: circular, parabolic, elliptical, compound parabolic and inverted parabolic.



    Geometrica variations on the dome theme -- varying radii, varying curvatures -- give designers unprecedented flexibilty. Examples of double curvature in one direction on an irregular plan are as follows.




    With the Geometrica system, you can extend structures and capture space in many ways, including double curvature in opposite directions.


    3D Lattice

    For surfaces with zero or only one direction of curvature, a deeper Geometrica 3-D lattice provides strength and rigidity, distributing loads evenly and efficiently with much less weight than a conventional two-dimensional frame. Shapes include flat and single curvature,



    Modular Construction

    Prefabricated units can consist of individual (labeled) tubes and hubs, or prefabricated triangular modules that can be hoisted into place. Triangular shapes are unsurpassed for transferring stresses efficiently with little to no bending moments -- far more stable and far stronger than 90-degree frames. Depending on the amount of load to be carried, our structures may be designed as a single-layer membrane, a thin double layer (Vierendel) connected with short posts, or a thick double layer incorporating triangular connections between the layers for added rigidity.

    Layers include: single layer membrane, double layer with diagonals and double layer with posts.


    Patterns for Visual Appeal

    Geometrica's sophisticated design and manufacturing system makes it possible to design with pattern as well as shape. Here are just some of the possibilities: geodesia, projection, lamella, kiewitt and combination.

    Custom Design for Your Industry
    Using our trademarked systems, Geometrica engineers and designers can create a dome, vault, or free style structures for your organization. From architectural applications, such as houses of worship, museums or shopping malls, to industrial space frames for warehouses and manufacturing sites, you can count on Geometrica for proven results in any terrain or climate. Our structures withstand brutal snow loads and typhoon-force winds.
    The question is, "What can Geometrica do for you?" To discover the possibilities, please inquire below.