Design’s philosophy and methodology, which characterize Massimo Majowiecki’s work, are mainly rooted in an interaction between theoretical research and professional services.
In the early seventies Mr. Majowiecki developed, at the University of Bologna, an interactive graphics software system, designed for the shape-finding, statics and dynamical analysis of membranes and cable networks, which had no precedents worldwide. In the meantime, Mr. Majowiecki designed several structures, developing lightweight structural concepts, types and technologies as a natural continuation of the work of Nervi, Morandi and Musmeci.
In 1980 Mr. Majowiecki established an office for structural engineering in Bologna (Studio Tecnico Majowiecki) and, ever since then, Mr. Majowiecki created a remarkable number of projects; among them, a few are worth mentioning: the 120 metre span membrane covering the “Piazza Italia” of the Fair District in Milan, the roof of Athens’s indoor stadium, which is a 140 metre diameter cable net structure. Mr. Majowiecki also simultaneously designed two major stadiums in Italy: the Olympic stadium of Rome and the “Delle Alpi” Stadium in Turin, both stadiums were meant to host the 1990 soccer World Cup games. The broadly acclaimed value of those two works earned Mr. Majowiecki the acknowledgement of his leading role in structural architecture.
Having designed more than two hundred constructions, both in Italy and abroad, Mr. Majowiecki earned a great deal of expertise, which represents the foundation of Majowiecki’s experience–based, synthetic, conceptual design approach. Said approach is the cornerstone of Majowiecki`s work.
Designing wide-span enclosures, from conceptual to working design phases, entails facing particularly complex structural problems, due to the scale effect of the loads involved. Mr. Majowiecki’s vast experience enabled him to carry out extensive theoretical and experimental research, the results of which are nowadays shown by Majowiecki, within numberless international congresses, as the “state–of-the–art” on the subject matter.
Following the introduction of the new C.A.D. technologies, STM created tailor-made and sophisticated mathematical modelling methods, for the purpose of computing the reliability of sensitive structural systems. Said methods may be interfaced with monitoring devices, in order to control the in service response performance of the project.
STM consulting firm works in the structural architecture field, designing structures made of wood, reinforced concrete (either normal or pre-stressed), aluminium, steel and composite hi-tech materials, applied to both conventional and special structures.
The principal field of application are the following:
- mono and multi-layer shells and framed space structures;
- double curvature pre-stressed membranes and pneumatic structures;
- tensile steel and composite cable structures;
- high-rise buildings made of steel, hi-strength concrete and composite materials;
- bridges & footbridges;
- seismic engineering;
- wind engineering;
- stability and reliability engineering.