All our engineering disciplines utilise advanced modelling techniques to gain a greater understanding of how a building works before it is constructed or how it is performing once occupied.
Environmental design is key to our output across all disciplines. Every project that we engage with has origins built upon the natural resources available to us: wind speed and direction, solar orientation & shading, availability of water above and below ground, rainfall, air quality, noise, seasonal temperatures, and humidity.
We use the latest computer software and modelling techniques to predict the physics and this provides us with the potential for having a detailed understanding of how a building works before it is constructed, extended or refurbished.
We work closely with the rest of the design team to develop options for the building form, fabric and facade that will maximise the opportunities for passive design (Natural conditioning, ventilation and daylighting).
Once these opportunities have been agreed we focus our attentions on the optimisation and efficiency of our Building Services and the integration of appropriate renewable technologies.
To inform energy strategies, MEP and Environmental design, occupancy and internal comfort conditions can be applied to test the robustness and flexibility of a design solution. Buildings can be thermally and dynamically modelled over a set period of time to highlight periods of peak heating and cooling loads; opportunities for natural ventilation or free-cooling; or simply to appraise the energy budgets of different configurations.
We can help you learn from any building and work with you to improve actual performance
Jamie Hillier, Director
To best inform and optimise our structural design, our structural engineers are able to create numerous linear and non-linear analysis models. Understanding and refining the structural systems applied with the aim of reducing material use, construction costs and embodied carbon. Armed with this understanding we work with the construction team to identify economies in scale and accelerated programs through the repetition of systems wherever possible.
Our modelling software and analysts are able to model the simplest to most complex in both static and dynamic systems (including dynamic excitation and seismic); to identify robustness, strength, stiffness and vibration during the many stages of construction.