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EXPERT STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS AND DESIGN
ENSURING PROJECT SUCCESS.

We work within various sectors and undertake specific services such as Structural Calculations and Design for a wide range of clients. Whether your needs are simple or complex, our team has the expertise and experience to create and design long-lasting solutions for all problems and situations.

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WHAT ARE STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS?

Structural calculations involve detailed mathematical analysis to determine the strength, stability, and rigidity of buildings and structures. This process ensures that all elements of a construction project, from beams and columns to floors and foundations, can withstand both the loads they'll carry and various external forces like wind and snow essential for safety, helping to prevent structural failures.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS?

One of our AMS Surveys’ specialist surveyors will carry out comprehensive review of your proposed design, this may include a site visit in order to produce the Structural Calculations and Design. This is then utilised by architects, engineers, and builders, structural calculations are a vital step in the design and construction process, providing peace of mind that structures are not only functional and durable but also safe and compliant with all necessary standards such as Building Regulations.

DO YOU NEED STEEL BEAM STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS?

Yes, the most typical Structural Calculation is for steel beam (Sometimes referred to as an RSJ) to extend a building or open space between rooms. The calculations and design are required for Building Regulations approval. Whether it's a House Extension, Office or Warehouse, we are here to help covering Cheshire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester and beyond.

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STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS AND STRUCTURAL INSPECTIONS, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Structural calculations and structural inspections serve distinct roles in construction. Calculations involve theoretical mathematical analyses to design stable and safe structures, ensuring they adhere to safety standards.

Structural Inspections, on the other hand, are practical on-site evaluations to identify any physical issues in a structure, verifying it aligns with its design and remains safe over time. Both are crucial for ensuring a building's safety and compliance with regulatory standards.

TYPICAL STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS

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Calculating the size and strength requirements for beams and columns to ensure they can carry the imposed loads without failing. The design must adhere to safety standards while optimising the use of space and materials. This involves not only selecting the right size and type of beams and columns but also considering factors such as the potential for deflection and vibration.

STEEL BEAM AND COLUMN DESIGN

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FOUNDATION DESIGN

This involves calculating the appropriate type and size of the foundation needed to safely distribute the building's load into the ground. Foundation design calculations take into account the bearing capacity of the soil, the magnitude of the loads from the structure, and factors such as frost depth and water table levels. The goal is to prevent foundation settlement or failure, which could lead to structural damage.

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ROOF AND FLOOR SYSTEMS

Designing roof and floor systems involves calculating the appropriate size, spacing, and material for elements like trusses, joists, and beams. These calculations ensure that the roof and floors can support both their own weight and additional loads, such as snow on the roof or furniture on the floors. For roofs, considerations include the type of roofing material, snow load, and wind uplift.

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RETAINING WALL DESIGN

These calculations are crucial for designing walls that hold back soil or water. The key is to ensure that the retaining wall can withstand the lateral pressure exerted by the soil it is retaining, which can be influenced by factors like soil type, moisture content, and the presence of groundwater.

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LOAD CALCULATIONS

This is the process of determining all the loads that a structure will be subjected to throughout its life. It includes calculating 'dead loads' (the weight of the structure itself, including walls, floors, and fixed installations), 'live loads' (temporary or changing loads, such as people, furniture, and equipment), and 'environmental loads' (external forces that the structure will encounter, like wind pressure and snow load).

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STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS FOR BUILDING REGULATIONS

Work with AMS Surveys, take advantage of our expertise, and ensure your building project runs smoothly. We are also an Local Authority Building Control (LABC) partner, confirming your are appointing an approved firm.

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