Integral bridge design offers the advantages of structural monolithism because of the absence of joints and bearings makes construction easier and faster, and also results in maintenance savings.
When a bridge is going to be built over water, there is the possibility of bringing successive deck segments by barge and lifting them into position. The process is conceptually simple but, particularly in open waters, as in a bay or estuary, the dynamics of the operation may be rather complex.
From the experience gathered over the years in the study of many concrete dams undergoing the swelling problem, Principia is now able to provide reasonably accurate predictions about the future of such structures.
he design of many buildings and infrastructure must take vulnearbility threats into account. And, short of full-scale or real-life testing, simulation is the only tool that can guide the designer in that respect.
Thirty years ago, Principia became Abaqus’ first user, and also first agent for the code, in Spain and Portugal. With the benefit of hindsight, we now realise that we made an excellent decision.
The dam was actually destined to fail from the very start, simply because the design calculations did not incorporate the true characteristics of the underlying ground. Principia was selected as expert witnesses for the accident.
On September the 11th, 2015, a crane collapsed through the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The investigation of the event required enlisting the help of computational mechanics in order to provide an explanation of the crane failure to the Saudi Binladin Group.
The search for nature-inspired, innovative solutions known as biomimetics allows us to solve not just run-of-the-mill problems, but also some major structural challenges.
Consultancy is always a fascinating activity. Each project brings new challenges, often unexpected, which we face armed with our know-how, tools and experience. Our only goal is to give full satisfaction to the client who trusts our capabilities.