Buildings and stadiums are structures subject to high loading elements that need to be stable and durable while offering a pleasing and/or convenient design. They require the expertise of a design, construction and maintenance specialist like VSL, who offers a diverse range of solutions meeting this requirement, and which can be combined to create bespoke packages or applied as standalone services.
Ahead of a construction project, it is vital to investigate and assess the ground properties in order to locate faults, groundwater and large fissures with soft infill materials. This information is crucial for a successful project execution as it dictates the choice of methods, the programme, the resources needed and the project costs. Ground investigation is especially important to guarantee solid foundations of structures subject to high loading such as tower buildings.
The improvement of ground properties guarantees solid foundations and therefore, improved stability, durability, and increased success of construction works. Ground improvement also reduces the cost of foundation works.
Ground improvement methods include:
By transferring loads deep into the ground to competent soils or rock, these structural elements improve the stability and durability of buildings.
A cost-efficient and high-performance technology for projects, such as building construction, in need of temporary and permanent stabilisation solutions. Temporary ground anchors offer slope stabilisation during excavation works. As a permanent solution, they ensure stability of the facility by allowing the transfer of the structure’s load into the ground.
An active structural reinforcement method used to optimise the design of buildings. It allows for design flexibility and an overall improvement of durability. Post-tensioning can also offers significant savings through a reduction of required construction materials and shorter construction time.
The use of bearings in building construction increases the load-bearing capacity of the structure, hence its durability. It is therefore highly recommended for heavy and high-rise buildings.
A range of techniques to handle heavy loads − including the lifting, lowering, tilting and sliding of a building or stadium components − that allow for alternative construction methods compared with standard in-situ or crane. These bespoke techniques are designed to meet each project’s requirements and offer an increased opportunity for creativity, scale and speed of construction.
A range of dampening solutions optimising structural strength and resistance to seismic and wind loading elements, hence enhancing the durability and safety of buildings.