Structural Design projects

Specialized Structural Engineering Expertise

Computational Analysis

While the range of shapes and forms that can be designed with modern modeling tools is almost limitless, geometric discipline is still essential for budget control. When forms are still in flux, the design team can use our proprietary tools to interactively study multiple geometric options and establish optimized shapes for structural frames and building surfaces, along with related systems.

Parametric modeling applies parameters such as materials, dimensions or performance criteria to define elements or element categories within a model. Once entered, they can be altered, individually or in combination, to explore and easily incorporate design changes. These 3D models contain intelligent information and can serve as deliverables, or they can be used to generate 2D drawings. Parametric models improve documentation speed and quality, enhance visualization, quickly perform geometry-based analytical tasks and easily calculate material quantities.

Generative modeling uses scripts – instead of direct input – to generate elements, providing even greater flexibility in iterating and testing many options. It allows architects, engineers and other project stakeholders to work together to quickly evaluate any number of concepts and variations.

Specialized Structural Engineering Expertise

Concrete or Steel?

When it comes to this fundamental choice, we don’t have a preconceived agenda. We ask about each project’s needs and goals, seek to understand its requirements and constraints, and then recommend a structural system based on what works best for that particular building. With expertise working in both materials, we’re not a “concrete firm” or a “steel firm” – we’re a solutions firm.

At left: the all-concrete Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will rise a full kilometer in height. At right: the 80-story, all-steel 30 Hudson Yards in New York City.

Specialized Structural Engineering Expertise

Project Delivery Methods

Our structural engineers have experience in the full spectrum of delivery methods, from traditional design-bid-build, to fast-track, construction manager-at-risk (CMR), design-build, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Lean Project Delivery (LPD) and hybrids of all of these.

Our collaborative approach is well suited to newer delivery methods that are designed to foster greater cooperation, and we strategically apply the benefits and best practices of these methods to enhance traditional design-bid-build projects.