Wind interacts with buildings and structures in complex and often surprising ways. A building’s geometry, the surrounding terrain, nearby buildings and structures, and seasonal wind conditions all influence the way wind interacts with a building. Wind considerations are especially important for cladding and structural design.
Wind Tunnel Testing
Wind tunnel testing offers specific, customized information about a particular building or structure, making it a key tool for efficient design. Wind tunnel testing can identify the areas where material costs can be reduced and where resilience and reliability can be increased.
Why Should You Consult Wind Engineers?
If you are over-conservative with your structural and exterior wall cladding materials, you increase costs and waste. If you are under-conservative, you increase risk, potential repair, and mitigation costs. Including wind engineers on your construction team can help you specify structural and cladding requirements that are robust where they need to be without being over-designed.
Why Not Just Use Wind Load Standards and Codes?
Wind loading codes are designed for simply shaped buildings, and they do not account for the effects of terrain or nearby buildings. It is not appropriate to apply these codes to taller, more complicated buildings and structures.
Our structural & cladding design services support efficient, safe, and reliable buildings and structures.
Our Services Include:
- Structural loads & responses
- Cladding and building envelopes
- Space vehicles and launch structures
- Wind loads on solar arrays
- Building motion monitoring
- Motion damping systems