Wind Effects on Structural Systems
Helping designers achieve safe, optimized and innovative structures
When wind interacts with a structure, it can affect its safety, cost and habitability. We help you understand exactly how the wind affects various aspects of your design, from loading on various structural components to the comfort of building occupants.
This knowledge, delivered at the right time, allows you to truly optimize the design. Instead of chasing last-minute fixes, you’re free to focus on ambitious and innovative ideas.
We study a broad range of structures, from simple to extremely complex. Some are dynamically sensitive, such as high-rise towers, long-span roofs and rooftop spires. Other projects come in all shapes and sizes, including residential, commercial and industrial developments, airports, stadia, convention centers, offshore rigs, sculptures and solar installations.
How we work with you will vary depending on the stage of your project. For early design decisions, we leverage our knowledge: Our experienced practitioners can anticipate many wind-related issues. As the design evolves, we refine the strategy with specific investigations. Depending on your needs, we may do wind-tunnel testing of physical models, analysis of computational models, or desk-based assessments. In testing, we may collect hundreds of force, pressure or velocity measurements, as needed. We combine these data with meteorological data on the local wind climate to predict wind-induced responses.
Whatever the approach, our work is informed by decades of consulting on projects around the world. With our global presence, we respond quickly and sensitively to regional differences in culture, design, climate and risk.
We put our conclusions into context for you and your clients. Results are delivered in design-ready, visual, easy-to-share formats. We excel at presenting complicated wind-related issues simply.
And if the data show problems, we don’t just report them; we’ll collaborate with you to solve them creatively. When needed, we call on the whole range of our company’s exceptional expertise in areas beyond wind engineering. Always, our goal is to choose the right tools and methods to answer your questions.
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