Jin Young Song's steel assembly proposal wins Forge Prize

Jin Young Song standing under assembled arch made of SIMS pieces.

Jin Young Song stands under an arch constructed from SIMS prototypes, assembled in the corridor of Hayes Hall

Published July 2, 2019


A proposal by professor Jin Young Song that envisions a more efficient assembly system for steel construction has been announced as the 2019 Forge Prize Grand Prize Winner.

Since the proposal was selected in Phase 1, Song and his team further refined the concept, meeting with industry partner Cast Connex as well as steel engineers and design professionals to discuss the future viability of the concept.

Significant contributions to the Phase 2 competition were made by Daniel Vrana, fabrication manager in the school's Fabrication Workshop. Vrana will work as co-principal investigator for the ongoing research and funding applications. The research is also being supported by UB's Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies research community.  

Collaborating Members:

  • Dan Vrana (Fabrication Manager, UB Architecture)
  • Jongmin Shim (Structure Analysis, UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering)
  • Xiangdong He (Structure Analysis, PhD student, UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering)
  • Michael Gac (Student researcher, UB Architecture)
  • Bonghwan Kim (Structure Consultant, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP)