What clearly distinguishes a civil engineered product from products engineered for mass production is the impracticality of creating physical prototypes. Prototypes are usually created for structures of significant importance including scale models of cable-stayed bridges of large span to test aeroelastic phenomena, and scale models of hydraulic facilities.

Even ordinary structures are intrinsically complex, for example they are often the result of a fragmented construction process. The design of such buildings benefits from an accurate representation of real stiffness, allowing savings in materials and workmanship. This gives rise to the need to investigate different scales, from a detailed analysis of a connection or local system to the overall structural response, where the latter procedure is typical of a "Design Chain" approach.

Uncertainty poses a significant problem in civil engineering projects. The values of external forces, the geometry of the construction, the physical properties of adopted materials and the degree of external restraint are all uncertain. As internationally recognized standards have progressively introduced a semi-probabilistic approach within their logic, it is not always clear how these uncertainties propagate to the resulting performance. The design of a structure through virtual prototyping allows the engineer to find solutions which are compliant with code requirements but also gives them the ability to look for "robust" solutions, accounting for the sensitivity to uncertainties in input data.

Construction scheduling and costs are very important factors in any Civil Engineering project. On-site contingencies or delays related to design reviews can have a significant impact on construction or site management costs. The risk associated with the interruption of service of a strategic infrastructure must also be appropriately reduced by investigating the consequences of specific accidental scenarios such as vehicle/vessel impact, explosions, and the evaluation of structural performance under fire scenarios.

EnginSoft has a solid and long-standing experience in Civil/Structural Engineering consultancy, focusing on cases where virtual prototyping is really able to make the difference compared to traditional approaches. Constant attention is devoted to hardware and software resources, the milestones for keeping up with the continuous technological development in this field. A significant effort is provided in the Development/Research of integrated multi-process, multi-physics solutions (concept of "Design Chain", e.g. coupling a preliminary simulation of the manufacturing process targeted at providing distributions of material properties or residual stresses, with the successive investigation of service performance). EnginSoft provides substantial assistance to engineering firms by using virtual prototyping as the preferred approach to make the Design Process more efficient and documentable, allowing for significant cost reductions.

The following are the branches of civil engineering in which EnginSoft is engaged in computer based simulation:

Structural: Bridges

The engineering of bridges is clearly one of the fields in civil engineering that has had a greater social impact over the last 2000 years. Without bridges we would be living in a very different world; trade and travel would never have  ...

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Structural: Sports facilities

Sports stadiums for major world sports events, such as the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, usually present a significant architectural and urban-planning challenge for the hosting country ...

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Structural: Roller Coasters

There is no amusement park ride that produces the ultimate adrenalin rush in all of its passengers better than a roller coaster ride does. Modern roller coaster designs require both creativity and rigid adherence  ...

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Risk Assessment

Risk Analysis is an important part of the Risk Assessment process used in specific projects to combine the probability that an accidental (even dangerous) event may occur with its possible consequences ...

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Water Resource Engineering

Water resource engineering is the process of managing the collection of water to control its flow and avoid flooding. This process is controlled by pipe designs and networks that support both dry and wet weather ...

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