A wind study can assist in designing a safe and pleasant environment around buildings for pedestrians and cyclists, which has never been more important for sustainability and positive social impact.
Planning applications for large buildings in the urban environment often require wind microclimate assessment. Traditionally, wind studies have been undertaken with wind tunnel testing of a scale model but simulation is now established as a faster, cheaper option offering greater insight.
We regularly undertake desktop and full CFD wind studies using industry leading software like ANSYS, partnering closely with architects, developers, councils, civil & structural engineers and planning consultants to simulate how air flows around new developments.
By early involvement in a project while building massing is still flexible (typically RIBA 2 or 3), we can help you avoid expensive last-minute delays in the planning process. This includes terrain analysis and study of meteorological data, while applying both “real time” and detailed CFD for early identification of potential issues with pedestrian safety and comfort.
Our engineering team also provides guidance on how to mitigate such issues by landscaping and other measures.
Offering a pragmatic yet effective service fine-tuned for design and assessment, we will support you through your planning application with efficient, timely and accurate results.
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By modelling wind flows, we can also investigate the effect of wind loading on structures, through 1-way or 2-way fluid-structure interaction (FSI) capabilities.
We are experienced in helping clients use structural analysis in conjunction with wind flow simulations to design in accordance to relevant codes such as BS EN 1991-1-4 and BS EN 1993-4-1.