Engineering - Digital Engineering, Launching and Prestressed concrete

Engineered Solutions

Our Engineering department possesses considerable expertise on both small and large projects, with a proven track record of providing feasible and innovative engineered solutions to complex and challenging projects.

They work closely with both our project teams and clients in the public and private sectors, drawing on our experience from major infrastructure, rail, nuclear, commercial and residential projects, particularly within the confines of city centres. This enables us to develop high quality and bespoke solutions for technically demanding projects.

We actively encourage early contractor engagement with the project stakeholders to develop alternative construction methodologies, explore Value Engineering opportunities and identify project risks to de-risk the construction stage of the project. Once the optimal project specific solution is determined we carry out detailed Temporary Works and Permanent Works design, undertaking rigorous checking in-house or working with one of our design partners where CAT III checks are required to support the project team with development to implementation. We have the capability to detail and model the works with the latest modelling software through Tekla Structures to ensure that complex solutions are suitably communicated to the project site team and a ‘Right First Time’ approach.

Our engineering focused approach to all of our projects ensures that the safest and most cost effective solutions can be realised for our clients, identifying and managing both technical and commercial project risks.

Engineering solutions

The design works we carry out include:

  • Formwork, falsework, scaffolding and access design
  • Trenchless construction, including headings, thrust bores and mini tunnels
  • Basement excavation shoring and retaining walls
  • Working platforms for cranes and piling rigs
  • Tower crane bases and tie supports
  • Construction and accommodation gantries
  • Façade retention, bridge erection and jacking schemes
  • Temporary stability systems
  • Needling, underpinning and propping of structures
  • Demolition and construction sequencing
  • Complex structural steelwork and precast concrete erection schemes
  • Structural and slope stability inspections, appraisals and reports
  • Value engineering and monitoring system design
  • Steel, concrete, precast concrete and hybrid construction detailing
Design Works

Digital engineering (BIM) gives our industry the opportunity to explore new technology, helping us build better, safer and more cost effective projects. Kilnbridge are Level 2 BIM compliant in line with the Government 2016 mandate as verified by BSI.


Collaboration is easier than ever and using tools like BIM360 provides us a platform to develop our projects and ensure that valuable building information is gathered throughout the project lifecycle. This ultimately means that the data we provide our clients is more accurate, more defined and richer than ever before.


Through a BIM neutral process, we can seamlessly integrate graphical and non-graphical data in a format that all project members can view and understand, ensuring that interoperability remains key to all our projects. Motivated to find new solutions to old problems, Kilnbridge are always looking to the future. Using new technology and software has allowed us to develop faster, cost effective and more accurate workflows. Utilising laser scanners for our as built surveys gives a new element of the data we can provide our clients.


We can also produce impressive 4D rendered simulations, providing valuable insight into how our methodology will progress throughout the project and ensuring that the design, logistics, safety and buildability are intelligently developed before breaking ground on site.

BIM

Kilnbridge are beginning to use tablets on site with the implementation of the Autodesk BIM360 Docs as our common data environment (CDE) and BIM360 Field management software, providing a fully collaborative capability from design through to construction. This ensures that Kilnbridge can complete projects with improved efficiency, underlined by timely access to the latest information and report generation.

digital engineering

Post-tensioning (PT) has become a recognised technique used to enhance the strength of concrete structures. It is a method of reinforcing concrete with high-strength steel strands, typically referred to as tendons. The main advantages of PT over traditional RC are:

  • Materials saving (up to 25% reduction on slab depths).
  • Quicker construction (potential pour cycle of 3-4 days).
  • Increased performance with reduced vibration/deflection, longer spans and improved crack control.

Typical applications for post tensioned concrete include residential developments, commercial buildings, industrial floor slabs, car park structures and bridge building and beams.

There are three main systems available;

  1. Bonded tendons - which can be used in all types of building structures.
  2. Unbonded tendons - suitable for buildings that require structural alterations and provides corrosion protection.
  3. Multi-strand bonded tendons - used in large transfer beams, bridges, circular structures and heavy concrete structures.

Our post-tensioning capabilities include:

  • Buildings: the design of post-tensioned slabs, supply of all post-tensioning components, stressing and grouting of tendons and on-site installations.
  • Civil works: the supply and installation of post-tensioning to bridges and circular structures and strengthening of existing structures.
  • Cable stay systems: the installation for all types of bridges from small footbridges to major structures
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