Spotlight Projects:

The Hopper Engineering Associates team provides practical and exciting solutions to unique problems in several industries. To showcase our recent work we choose a project of the month. An archive of previous winners can be found here.

June 2016 Project:

Bubble Ship Design
Bubble Ship Design

Hopper Engineering Associates was tasked to evaluate a Bubble Ship used for filming. The goal was to ensure the structure would be capable to withstand the dynamic forces imparted on it during production and to provide modification recommendations when necessary.


The ship's geometry and member sizes were determined via on-site inspection and used to develop a computer-3D model of the ship. Twelve models were constructed to evaluate the ship at different orientations. Each model was analyzed for various dynamic load combinations. Member stresses were evaluated based on the allowable limits of the materials and modification recommendations were provided to the client.

HEA has completed numerous jobs similar to the one shown above (Similar Projects)