Built Environment

Since 1980 we have been involved in civil engineering structural analysis, support geotechnical engineers with PLAXIS - the leading dedicated FEA software - and provide wind loading, pedestrian comfort, daylight & sunlight and HVAC simulation solutions.

Wind Engineering

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) enables architects and consultant engineers to understand and optimise the interaction of buildings with the external environment, considering the effect of static and dynamic wind pressures on wind loading and pedestrian comfort & safety. CFD is also used to investigate HVAC, safety and energy efficiency in internal building environments.

We have significant experience in assessing how new building developments will affect local microclimate issues, supporting design and planning applications as required while avoiding the cost, lead time and inflexibility challenges involved with traditional calculations and tests. In response to the needs of the industry, we have developed efficient modelling methodologies to envelope designs for wind direction and pressure variability.

Example of streamlines from a Wind Flow Analysis (Courtesy: WSP)
Example of streamlines from a wind flow analysis (Courtesy: WSP)

Through fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analysis, we can predict loads due to winds, induced vibrations & aerodynamic noise and their consequences on facade and building design. We also look at internal thermal and air flow issues with insulation, pollution, fire hazard and ventilation (HVAC), including pipe flow and ducting modelled efficiently using our 1D Flownex tools.

Building Physics & HVAC

With extensive experience in assessment and optimisation of air flow and thermal modelling, we can support your HVAC objectives, including energy management, contamination control and thermal comfort, through the supply of simulation software and consulting services.

Simulation allows HVAC designers and engineers to analyse the performance of their equipment, or the impact of their design decisions, in a variety of scenarios without having to build physical prototypes. This can include:

  • Visualisation of flow distribution and regions of high/low velocity
  • Identification of recirculatory and/or stagnant regions
  • Calculation of pressure drops
  • Temperature and humidity distribution
  • Particulate flow impaction, interception and diffusion
  • Human comfort, including noise control, air quality, thermal comfort and air movement
  • Balancing of air distribution systems
  • Investigation into the introduction of more heat sources to a room, such as increased staff or IT equipment
  • Determination of fan sizes to achieve air change specifications
  • Optimisation of overall system efficiencies

Structural Analysis

Structural designs are often assessed to building codes and typically must be completed to tight margins and time scales. For these projects, FEA can offer significant benefit by quickly and accurately predicting structural deflections, stress and ground movements. Such analysis can improve margins by both saving time and giving confidence in cost-based design decisions or complex structural solutions.

We have experience in serviceability and ultimate limit state analysis of steel & reinforced concrete structures, as well as tackling dynamic problems such as seismic response and machine vibration.

Our simulation capabilities also enable us to investigate blast and other impact conditions. Our specialism in geotechnical analysis enables us to accurately predict soil capacity, consolidation, heave and interaction between the soil and structure when necessary. Partnering with civil & structural design specialists from our sister company, Wilde Civil, we can provide desktop studies, assessment of bridges & other existing structures and integrated analysis & design services to international codes & standards. We also provide expert services for the most challenging geotechnical modelling problems.

Dynamics spectrum assessment of concrete foundation of turbo-generator installation

In addition to consulting services, we provide dedicated simulation software and training to construction, civil and facade design companies and consultants, including Ansys and CivilFEM.

Geotechnical Analysis

Supporting our geotechnical analysis capabilities, we have been the UK and Ireland channel partner for the industry leading PLAXIS software for over 20 years and have run highly popular training courses annually on computational methods in geotechnics since 2002.

In addition, we offer gINT for geotechnical data management and SoilVisionTALREN for rapid slope stability analysis of embankments and other complex geotechnical structures.

PLAXIS_2D Simulation (Courtesy: Byrne Looby Partners)
PLAXIS 2D simulation of ground movement during an excavation beneath an anchored retaining wall (Courtesy: Byrne Looby Partners)

PLAXIS 3D Simulation (Courtesy: Coffey Geotechnics Ltd)
PLAXIS 3D simulation (Courtesy: Coffey Geotechnics Ltd)

Risk Management

Risk management during construction is in the spotlight to ensure every step is taken to safeguard the safety of workers and the general public. Our safety & reliability services address all aspects from earth-moving and lifting to working at height, utilising our ReliaSoft tools whenever appropriate.

We undertake FMEA, Fault Tree Analysis, HAZOP and other methodologies, delivering formal reports, workshops and training to help clients ensure safety is integral to their operational processes.


We have supplied software, training and services to over 250 consultants, contractors and architect offices, including:

AECOM | Abbey Pynford | Arup | Atkins  Bachy Soletanche | Balfour Beatty | Barberry | BCS Design

Buckingham Group Contracting| Bullivant Arabia | Buro Happold | Byrne Looby Partners

Campbell Reith | Capita Symonds | Cassidy Geotechnical Limited | Cullen Grummitt & Roe | Cundall

Domino UK Ltd | Grontmij UK Ltd | GustoMSC Resources B.V | Halcrow (CH2M Hill)  HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

Hyder Consulting | Laing O’Rourke | Malzet Geotechnics & Exploration | Midronot Engineering | Millwood House Consultants Ltd

Monier Technical Centre | Mott MacDonald | Mouchel |  MWH UK | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Pilkington Architectural | Ramboll | RJM Ground Solutions | RSK Environmental | Sir Robert McAlpine

Stratus Environmental | Tensar International Ltd | Tony Gee and Partners LLP | Universidad Mayor de San Simon

URS | UTEC Geomarine | Waterman Group | WSP Environment & Energy | Wintech Ltd

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Jacobs Ltd (Leeds)

The consultancy that Wilde provided for us proved highly beneficial because at tender stage it highlighted a discrepancy that we had ourselves anticipated. We were therefore proven to be correct.

Axiseng M&E Ltd

This was a unique project for the client and for us. We required Wilde’s help and are very happy with the outcome. Wilde’s engineers also provided us with knowledgeable advice and recommendations to improve our design work; there have been no issues with the fabrication and installation and we have found Wilde’s engineers very helpful throughout our design development and the client’s approval process.

BCS Design

PLAXIS proved an excellent tool for carrying out the study allowing the rapid modelling of the proposed construction stages and clear and concise output for review by third parties.

RJM Ground Solutions

The tutor was very helpful in relating the course to our business needs. This meant we were better able to understand how we would apply the concepts discussed in training.


... While the wind report was needed for planning, it was also very important to us to ensure that the design factored in the wind analysis to promote people’s comfort and safety within this development. This is an important factor which is too often slightly overlooked at early stages of planning and design.


I would recommend this training session to all personnel who have interests in soil mechanics or foundation engineering areas.

University of Salford (Civil Eng)

It demystified FEA. I have more confidence in approaching problems and also numerical analysis of geotechnical problems.

University of Southampton

Great support all round. Problem was resolved within 2 hours from the first email from a support technician. Time stated includes the time it took me to re-work my installation script to test the solution provided.

University of Brighton

This course provided an excellent link between understanding soil and FE modelling in Plaxis. It demonstrated (via example) how a knowledge of soil behaviour with sensible data input produces reliable visualisation of construction.

Transport for London

The focused course gave useful guidance on critical consideration for modelling inputs and methodology. I would recommend for beginners and intermediate-level PLAXIS users.

Cullen Grummitt & Roe

An interesting and enlightening introduction to the use of FEA in geotechnical analysis and design practice.

Hyder Consulting

Thank you. A very useful introduction to the software which will encourage me to use Plaxis on future projects.

Bachy Soletanche

I attended the PLAXIS course and found it very useful from a useability point of view. The course explained very well how to implement various models by various means and highlighed the limitations of particular models in certain circumstances.

Byrne Looby Partners

Very informative introduction to FE analysis in geotechnics. Good mix of theory and practical exercises.

Halcrow Group

PLAXIS is an essential string to RJM’s bow and provides us with a competitive advantage over many of our competitors both in the range and speed of analyses we can undertake. We use PLAXIS to help us investigate an increasing variety of geotechnical problems and find the fact that the results of complex analysis can be presented to clients in such a clear and visually attractive way really helps to explain our findings.

RJM Ground Solutions

Great introduction to PLAXIS and a reminder of soil theory for those who need it.

Tony Gee and Partners LLP

It was an enjoyable and informative course with the right balance of presentations and workshop exercises. I feel ready to put my new PLAXIS knowledge into use at the office.

Buro Happold

The course was very well organised. Even though I have used PLAXIS before, I still find it very helpful to be able to learn new functions/features that I wasn’t aware of before.

Mott MacDonald

Highly recommended to practising geotechnical design engineers involved in compex soil structure analysis

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering

The course not only enhanced my skills in Plaxis analysis but also it helped me better my understanding of soil mechanics and finite element modelling. The tutor was very knowledgeable. A very informative course.

Ramboll UK

...thank you for the efforts put into the focus course which my 3 guys attended earlier this week. They were very complimentary about the quality of the training and the way in which Wilde was able to tailor things to our specific working life requirements.

Pilkington Architectural

The work provided enabled us to present high-quality information to the client, which is excellent, given that the building is going to be an iconic one.

Millwood House Consultants

Our company continues to benefit from the ANSYS and CivilFEM software supplied to us by Wilde Analysis... It has brought many advantages, not least reduced project risk, cost savings and improved safety and quality. Wilde underpins their software supply with excellent technical support and this enables us to develop our in-house knowledge and to get the most out of our software.

Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons

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