Structural Engineering

Structural design incorporates all elements of the building form. It encourages creativity and requires integration of aesthetic design, functionality, constructability and commerciality. Providing structures that resist imposed loads and perform appropriately for their intended use is fundamental. The challenge of structural engineering is to provide the right solution to projects in an economical way without compromise.

Pritchard Francis implements innovative structural engineering solutions incorporating economical design and sustainable principles.

Our team regularly provides structural engineering consultancy services within the following sectors:

BIM

In the late 1990’s the engineering industry moved away from the drawing board and accepted CAD as the way forward in engineering documentation. Some 20 years later, the industry has again adopted a new form of documentation, Building Information Modelling (BIM).

BIM is effectively about drawing a true, 3D model of any structure within a Virtual Construction Model (VCM). Every element in the virtual model has mass, size, density, thermal properties, etc. This allows our modellers to not only model the structure realistically but to effectively build the structure with consideration of all other constraints.

Pritchard Francis has embraced this technology and now documents all major projects in this format. Models can be used to check quantity surveyor quantities and provide advanced information to shop detailers, contractors and facilities managers.

 

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