We invest in and use the latest design tools and software so that we continually improve the delivery of our projects. Our engineers are trained in the use of relevant software tools to make sure we are using them to the best of their capabilities.
We are fully capable in both 2D and 3D drawing and modelling, using AutoCad for our 2D work and Revit for our Building Information Modelling (BIM) work. In addition, we have invested in MagiCad, which is a plug-in to Revit providing sizing, scheduling and enhanced modelling capabilities for building services systems.
For our building simulation work we use IES Virtual Environment software. This allows us to create a simplified 3D model of a building, which can be used for a range of analysis work such as:
- Daylighting analysis, including Climate Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM)
- Sunpath analysis
- Dynamic thermal comfort analysis using current and future climate data
- Heating and Cooling loads analysis, using both steady state and dynamic methods
- Energy consumption predictions to CIBSE TM54
- Building Regulations Part L compliance analysis using both Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) and Dynamic Simulation Model (DSM) methods
- Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Our lighting design is carried out using Dialux, both their standard package and Dialux Evo which allows us to create rendered 3D visualisations of the lighting affect. We use Amtech for electrical schematic design and cable calculations.
In addition, we make use of product specific software tools which are developed by manufacturers to assist with the selection and sizing of plant, equipment and components throughout. We have developed a suite of bespoke calculation spreadsheet templates for many areas of design. As a result, the majority of our processes are robust, automated, paper free, and traceable.