Structural and mechanical

If it’s big, and it moves, we’re your engineers.

Our hydraulic steel structures portfolio incudes hydropower, moving bridges, port equipment and specialist moving structures - both new and refurbished.

We understand the mechanics of structures, dynamics and control, data systems and fluid mechanics. Manually, and through finite element analysis (FEA), we undertake mathematical modelling and simulation to verify designs and push tolerances to future-proof project proposals and their economic viability.

The image shows the upper part of the triple deck Berth 6 Ro-Ro linkspan at the Port of Dover, England.

 

BIM, 3D modelling and visualisation

Standardisation is everywhere; no matter who makes it, an AA battery will ways fit an AA size battery-driven device. This approach started with British engineering in 1901 and now standards exist for almost everything to help consultants, designers and manufacturers become more efficient and competitive.

As, in the wider context, structural Eurocodes supersede many British Standards to enable countries to harmonise designs internationally, so BIM (Building Information Modelling) allows global consultants and suppliers to collaborate on projects, sometimes in four dimensions, to see the functional data, material quantities and physical characteristics, and how these might change over time and impact on costs and delivery schedules. In the UK, BIM is now an essential tool­ for infrastructure assets as well as buildings ­for any business planning to contribute to publicly funded projects.

KGAL embraced BIM at an early stage as an extension to our 3D modelling expertise. It enables a project host to harnesses all the standardised information relevant to a project and the engineering design in one place, helping all those who collaborate in the supply chain to reduce risks, save time and save money. The information (accurate, complete and unambiguous) can be retrieved and shared and, over time, amended to reflect any modifications during the corresponding structure’s life.

As architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers head for ‘Level 2’ compliance with BIM, so we at KGAL continue to invest in systems and develop our expertise to ensure the delivery of our consultancy services meet the increasingly sophisticated expectations of clients and collaborators.