Structural Element Design
What is Structural Element Design?
Structural element design involves determining the appropriate dimensions, shape, material properties, and other design parameters for a structural component to ensure it can withstand the loads and forces acting upon it within a given structure.
This process requires analysing the structural behaviour of the element, considering different design options, and selecting the most suitable solution based on performance, safety, and economic considerations.
The design process usually involves mathematical models, computer simulations, and testing to ensure that the element meets the desired performance standards and complies with relevant building codes and regulations.
Element design is a crucial aspect of the overall design process, ensuring that a structure is safe and durable.
Calculations can be completed for structural elements of all types and sizes, including:
Temporary propping – structural openings in existing walls.
Hoarding design – embedded or weighted solutions.
Plant support and screens – bespoke designs to support and conceal plant equipment effectively.
Stairs and balustrades formed from timber, metal or glass.
External timber decking.
Retaining walls and boundary walls
Existing and new retaining structures and boundary walls of many styles, traditional and modern.