Engineering design and drawing up technical specifications

The trend nowadays is for ever-larger logistics premises. Warehouses the size of several football pitches are becoming increasingly commonplace. Logistics facilities are growing upwards in terms of height as well as outwards, and there are new insights into structural and technical aspects and relating to installations. Logistics buildings are being designed, arranged and equipped more intelligently all the time. With smart engineering and the right technical specifications, your facilities can be more energy efficient and more sustainable, with better fire safety and greater flexibility to grow as your business grows.

Calculating technical specifications
Consulting firm Groenewout is regularly asked to provide sound advice for construction and engineering aspects of replacing or adapting a building’s existing installations. In that case, we can calculate the technical specifications for aspects including:

  • Foundations
  • Steel and concrete structures
  • Finishing works
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Fire safety
  • Fire load calculation
  • Floor load calculation
  • Loading bay design
  • Lighting systems

As with all of our advice, we translate the technical specifications into pragmatic solutions that are easy to implement.

Engineering for fire safety
In order to give you a sense of our approach relating to engineering design and technical specifications, we are pleased to outline a fire load calculation project we completed. Our client asked us to calculate the fire load for a storage facility with a sprinkler system. The central water supply and pump were originally designed to serve four different buildings but three of them had been disconnected over the years. The question was, whether the sprinkler system could also be removed from the remaining building, in which case the entire central sprinkler installation could be dismantled. We set about calculating the fire load to determine whether the fire load would remain below the minimum level that applies to premises without sprinkler systems.

In addition to this question, the client also wanted to know what removal of the sprinkler installation would mean for the possibilities of and restrictions on the building and its activities. We based our fire load calculation on a Dutch fire safety concept (‘Beheersbaarheid van Brand 2007’). The fire load calculation was aimed at the assumed ultimate situation. Structural data, information about the goods that are stored in the building and a visit to the site by our consultants provided us with sufficient basic input for our analysis. During the site visit, we also took photographs and assessed the situation. In addition to the actual fire load calculation, we also calculated the heat radiation from the building facades as far as the site perimeter and adjacent buildings.

If you would like to know more about engineering design or receive advice about technical specifications, please feel free to contact our expert

Jacques Swinkels

Jacques Swinkels
Senior Consultant
E: swinkels@groenewout.com
T: +31 6 5583 2658

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