Many engineers and designers analyse and detail structures to perform only in their completed state, without respecting the requirements of the construction process. Robert Bird Group refers to these designs as “wished-in-place” structures, as they do not recognise or consider the limitations of the construction process, nor do they consider how the permanent works design could be tailored to support the construction process.
In contrast, Robert Bird Group believes that engineering solutions should be “designed for delivery” – where the permanent works are analysed and detailed consistent with a recognised and developed construction methodology. If the methodology is well-considered and innovative, this integrated approach to design and construction can yield massive benefits for a project.
The benefits of applying effective Construction Engineering solutions to a project are many :
Our achievements in this field are significant, and on a global scale – including The Shard in London, Midfield Terminal in Abu Dhabi, International Convention and Exhibition Centre Sydney, and the award-winning Adelaide Oval redevelopment. More recently we have been commissioned to deliver construction engineering services on the iconic Battersea Power Station redevelopment project in London. We are proud to achieve significant and consistent return business from our clients as a measure of our success and performance in this field.
Construction Engineering is a broad field, and our suite of offered services is testament to our depth of knowledge and expertise in this field. Given that the construction process can be high-risk, we only offer Construction Engineering services in those areas where we have senior people with significant skills and experience, to ensure that project outcomes always meet the requirements of quality and safety.
The development of the Construction Methodology by the Construction Engineer is linked directly to an understanding not only of the architectural design but also of the primary structural framing system, material selection, worker safety, programme, building location, equipment availability and specific local subcontractor capabilities.
We are able to assess the technical engineering and practical construction risks posed by a project, and develop construction methodologies that either reduce or eliminate risk, whilst efficiently utilising resources to ensure that construction costs and programmes remain optimised.
Robert Bird Group has internally developed advanced methods of analysis to model and predict the accumulation of locked-in stresses generated by a defined erection sequence, and is now regarded as a world leader in this field. Staged erection analysis is used to –
For long-span structures, the methods of analysis developed by Robert Bird Group are the critical means to determine the real-world stress levels generated by gravity loads, and key to ensuring the stability and integrity of the completed structure.
The Construction Engineering teams from Robert Bird Group are often involved in the careful and long-term planning for equipment selections that enhance the outcome of construction projects – especially where the need to introduce bespoke pieces of construction equipment and complex installation design is required.
Robert Bird Group offers a suite of services in the area of Temporary Works Engineering (TWE), from detailed design of temporary works for specialist trade contractors, to providing identification, scoping, procurement and third party review services of temporary works for managing contractors and project managers.