SIX SIGMA lift off

Sean Heywood is currently reviewing the application of six sigma to the construction sector and implementation in design consultancy as part of his studies in construction management. Efforts to date have yielded promising output. Exciting developments. 


Alex Nikolic presents at Tall Buildings Conference held at the Hilton Hotel, London. Alex's presentation to the tall buildings community comprised a summary of foundation design and effective inter-disciplinary interface in design.


As part of A-squared's commitment to supporting academia, Tony Suckling lectures at Southampton and City Universtities on the topic of risk management of deep foundations. 


A-squared commitment to academia continues in 2016  

Angelo Fasano has confirmed two international student placements for 2016.  "We trust the placements, which vary from 3 to 6 months in duration, will enrich the students' ongoing research experience, provide valuable industry exposure and assist with the development of communication skills." says Angelo Fasano.


Parametric review of thrust-block efficiency under way in order to explore efficient means of reaction provision for temporary works support.  The 3D numerical analyses will provide further insight into geometrical efficiencies and minimising material use and cost of temporary support solutions.


Resuscitating BS8004

Tony Suckling's efforts chairing the BS8004 review committee continue.  The British Standard was withdrawn in 2010 due to various conflicting elements with BSEN1997.  The revised edition of BS8004 is out for comment (http://drafts.bsigroup.com).


License to inspire 

Alex presented at the recent ICE / BGA evening meeting on the 19th November in London.  The topic of the presentation which covered entrepreneurship in engineering practice resulted in an exciting and constructive discussion. 


 

A-squared have given a series of Tall Buildings CPD presentations throughout the year.  The topic of the sessions covered key substructure drivers, common analytical pitfalls and the adavantges of integrated geotechnical and structural substructure design.  Please get it touch with Angelo Fasano if these sessions are of interest to your practice.


A-squared foundation reuse publication nearing completion.  Watch this space.


A-squared asset impact assessment in congested urban environments initiative under way.