We assist with projects of many sizes and types. From relatively minor alterations and adjustments of existing buildings or structures, through to the design of large, commercial new builds and multi-story buildings.

We have extensive experience in providing sound, logical and valuable advice to clients and architects at concept stage, allowing ‘value engineering’ to be included at the most effective stage of the project.

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We use the latest specialist design software which allows structures to be analysed quickly and efficiently.

We can utilise powerful 'finite element analysis' (FEA) software which integrates with production of drawing software at a later stage and allows us to design and detail structure extremely efficiently.

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The very latest version of Revit and AutoCAD (both produced by Autodesk) are used on projects where it is appropriate to do so.

Utilising both 3-D and 2-D drafting software in this way ensures that we employ the most appropriate tools for preparing drawings in the most efficient manner possible.

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Alongside our more typical role in providing structural design services for buildings, gantries etc, we also carry out civil engineering design.

We provide civil engineering design services that allow the landscape to serve the client's needs. Whether this involves provision of a new car park, or changing the topography with retaining walls, we can assist.

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We have over fifteen years’ experience of designing and detailing footbridges and vehicle bridges.

Working closely alongside a specialist contractor we have derived aesthetically pleasing bridge designs that are efficient and economical to build.

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Existing buildings can move unexpectedly for various reasons and our extensive experience of dealing with such issues is crucial to determining what the underlying cause may be.

Our location in East Anglia means that we are well versed in understanding the issues associated with poor ground conditions. Understanding how to design new foundations for such scenarios, and also having seen many buildings suffering from movement, means that we are well positioned to investigate and advise suitable remedial action.

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Richard Herrmann associates carry out external verification services for calculations prepared by others, often within specialist industries.

The advanced finite element analysis software that we utilise allows us to prepare calculations independently from the original design, and determine the stresses, deflections, etc. and compare these to the expected results. This can act as a crucial safety check, as well as quality control for the original designer.

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Richard Herrmann Associates provide a calculation and design checking service to independent Approved Inspector companies.

This can involve anything from providing a cursory check of the design principles that have been submitted for building regulations approval, through to a detailed verification of the calculations and drawings prepared by the designers.

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Part of a structural or civil engineer’s role is to ensure that the construction on site is carried out in accordance with the original design intention. We are willing and able to carry out such inspections where required by our client.

Site inspection can be carried out at any of the structural construction stages, and is often key to ensuring that the works are correctly carried out in accordance with the intended design principles, thereby avoiding time-consuming delays and rectification costs. 

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