It is also important to consider early in the design process how these long span structures can be safely and efficiently constructed. Robert Bird Group has the advantage of specialist expertise in Construction Engineering, which we apply throughout the design process from the initial structural concept design to final drawings. This holistic approach assists safe and efficient delivery, thereby reducing risk and saving time and money. RBG has developed world leading capabilities in Staged Erection Analysis, ensuring the actual stresses in the structure during and after construction are properly identified. We are often engaged to provide this specialist expertise on structures designed by ourselves as well as those designed by other engineering companies.
RBG has great experience in this area and our global sector leader was an integral part of the UK Institution of Structural Engineers dynamics working group that produced the current design guidelines now used worldwide. Our lead designers in Sports and Entertainment facilities across the regions have advanced expertise in this field.
Wind loads are amongst the critical load effects for sports and large entertainment structures. RBG has extensive experience of advanced methods of post processing wind tunnel test results to achieve structural efficiency and surety. We also have specialists in Seismic design form many global regions.
Exceptional loading from physical threats can also be evaluated by RBG to assess the robustness of the structure to such loading effects as accidental impact and blast, for example.
Robert Bird Group’s long span and façade designers utilize advanced methods of 3D modelling to explore structural efficiencies and geometric co-ordination. Parametric modelling is a powerful tool used to optimise structural efficiencies through the design process, and RBG are leaders in the research and application of digital design and visualisation techniques.