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Dr. Mark Beckmann
The engineers of ahw GmbH feel comfortable when they have to solve challenging tasks. They are pioneers when it comes to technology and their finite element simulation makes a decisive contribution to more economic efficiency in construction projects. When working with particularly complex geometries, such as when planning the self-supporting corkscrew spiral staircase of the new photovoltaic research centre in the capital, they appreciate the structural analysis software of the Stuttgart construction software manufacturer RIB.
From solid masonry to steel and wood, high-strength concrete and shell structures to cable, membrane and composite construction: ahw Ingenieure GmbH have an exceptionally diverse portfolio in the field of structural planning. This structural engineering planning office, active worldwide and with a presence in Münster, Hamburg, Halle and Berlin, promises its client base more than just “business as usual.” 70 employees, of which 40 are structural engineers, bring more than just extensive knowledge encompassing all fields of structural planning. ahw’s specialist fields include, alongside finite element simulation, the use of technology from the aerospace aeronautics industry. This has been developed by the ahw engineers for the requirements of structural planning and make an essential contribution to cost-optimized construction.
ahw is the only engineering office in Germany to use the advantages of these innovative technologies to computer-simulate digital prototypes of large-scale projects. Here, the structure is fully simulated, making it possible to alter all geometric and physical parameters for any set of applied forces and temperatures. The advantage: The virtual prototype shows how to achieve economical solutions before they are built. Compared to traditional FE calculations, the engineers have been able to save 20 per cent on materials in previously realized projects by using these methods. Alongside structural engineering tools, software developed originally by the NASA for the automotive industry is used, for example for crash evaluation and optimization in vehicles. In addition to these innovative technologies in the field of finite elements, the engineering office also brings a great store of experience in large-scale projects and extensive competences to bear.