Translating a Design Brief into a structural design is about more than just floor loads and floor thickness. It is a dynamic interplay between the structural engineer, client, users, architect and other advisers. It also involves ambitions and sustainability, as well as the challenges to facilitate these ambitions financially.
That is why proposing various concepts and directly translating those concepts into costs is an important component. Doing so allows everyone to consider all key decisions at an early stage. In a project in which various models are drawn up for practice designs, it is of utmost importance to make decisions that are supported by solid arguments and evidence at an early stage. After this, we suggest that these alternatives are developed integrally. Our contribution then consists not only of advice on structural issues, but also of aspects that relate to those of the other advisers. An integral approach can lead to many integral solutions, which are only possible with knowledge from the other construction fields.
We advise you to continue to look integrally and critically at all decisions, even after they have been made. New developments in the design can result in older choices having a counterproductive effect. If relevant, we will not hesitate to question earlier decisions. The end result is the only thing that matters. To make these decisions as best we can during the process, we use a so-called valuation matrix making it clear to all parties involved which decisions are made.
In our organisation, management is closely involved in the projects and often has final responsibility in the role of Senior Adviser. In projects, Senior Advisers are in charge of the design process up to and including the final design.
The Senior Adviser supervises a project’s entire design process. Maximum creativity, dedication and input allows the wishes of the client and architect, in collaboration with the other fields, to be optimally integrated in the design.
If necessary, agency specialists in soil mechanics, steel, glass, wood and concrete are consulted to achieve the best quality.
The project leader works under the guidance of the Senior Adviser in collaboration with a structural engineer and a design draughting coordinator to complete the project specifications. The project leader is the daily available representative. It is the task of the project leader to develop the design to make a clear contract component with corresponding drafts and calculations. The project leader maintains forward momentum in the execution stages of the project as well. They make sure that all the components are fit to be carried out and are supplied according to schedule. The Senior Adviser remains involved in the project on a less pronounced level. The Senior Adviser has final responsibility and is always available if necessary, albeit less visible. They coordinate, guide and monitor the process. The Senior Adviser comes to the forefront during design alterations.
The Design Draughting Coordinator is in charge of scheduling for the draughtsmen. They are the contact for any draughting, technical and automation issues within the project. They supervise the quality of all drafts, paying detailed attention to quality at all times.
To safeguard information transfer to all parties involved throughout the entire process, we use a project plan. The project plan is a digital log, in which all important project issues are categorised and kept track of. Issues relating to structural engineering principles, risk factors, schedules, and project employees are all processed in the plan. This digital project plan is accessible to everyone and is always up to date.