Field trials: starting building with a head start

When you see an opportunity or ‘have a good feeling’ about a possible option, you want to be sure about it. That is why we perform field trials for you. Investing in a practical test during the preparation stage of a project can give you valuable information about how to manage the project. This has two main benefits. Before the start of the project, you will have gained an insight into the risks and opportunities, and that may help you to optimise the design or improve the construction method. In other words, you can shorten the learning curve and that will result in faster, more reliable and more effective construction.

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Right first time

Construction methods and sites in urban areas are becoming increasingly complex. DMBFO contract types are limiting the duration of the build phase in projects, thus increasing the importance of planning and completion dates. In other words, when you are building, you have no time to lose. Every activity must be right first time. After a practical test, you will be better prepared and will have a head start when you begin building. Expensive production materials can be used straight away at production speed, thus saving time and money.

Validation and testing of assumptions

The scientific side of construction is based on tests that establish empirical relationships. These relationships serve as the basis for modern design rules. For example, safety margins for materials and load ensure that the risk of collapse is limited. A practical test may establish whether the same margins must apply in every situation. In particular situations, a guideline may turn out to be too conservative or there are opportunities for alternatives. Our practical research gives you an insight into such matters.

Examples of practical tests

  • Establishing working methods
    • Production speeds
    • Optimising the use of equipment and building materials
  • Testing design principles
    • Forces in auxiliary structures and construction pits
    • Load-bearing capacity and integrity of foundation elements
      • Pile tests
    • Noise and vibration levels
    • Deformation
  • Establishing impact on the environment
    • Noise
    • Vibration
    • Deformation