Structural Design Services
Whether big or small, an associate engineer will step in to oversee the structural design for all your projects. It is this engineer’s responsibility to ensure the team delivers an optimal, well-coordinated and fully achievable project.
Whether for institutional or private projects, high-rise buildings or small-scale constructions, comprehensive structural analyses or minor modifications to existing structures, new builds or heritage renovations, our team tailors the project design to fit the client’s chosen construction approach: from conventional, construction management, turnkey, to public-private partnership or fast-track.
With their backgrounds in both design and construction, SDK’s team of site engineers has extensive experience in the field. On-hand to provide technical support throughout the construction process, our team ensures that the work complies fully with our plans and specifications, liaising directly with clients to keep deadlines and payment requests on track, and to handle any changes and document adjustments required by the site.
Our site engineers work closely with the project design team. They have direct access to plans and documents and pass on instructions and information in real time via the Building Information Modeling (BIM) system.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM provides a model of a structure that includes all the technical information necessary for its construction, maintenance, repair, modification or expansion. This model is shared between the various stakeholders of the project (architects, engineers, clients) and if necessary, with the builder and the building operator. For many years now, the technical team at SDK has been producing 100% of its structural drawings with BIM technology. Our site services team also incorporates BIM into the construction process.
The SDK team conducts structural and technical studies for existing and upcoming constructions.
The team of engineers at SDK collaborates with clients and other professionnals involved in the project on the development of functional and technical programs. This allows our engineers to identify the key structural issues at play and to set out the project’s objectives according to the client’s requirements, as well as to draw up budgets and schedules for execution.
Our team has proven expertise in seismic rehabilitation and the renovation of existing infrastructures. We carry out existing condition surveys so that we can formulate recommendations to improve the condition of buildings or slow down their deterioration.
Whether you’re looking for a simple layout change, a change in use, or an extension, we will harness our experience and know-how to provide you with optimal structural solutions. Sensitive to the historical value of older buildings, over the years we have developed approaches that not only respect the existing conditions and architectural vision of each project, but which also honour the history of the building in question. For projects in occupied buildings, we tap into our knowledge of work phasing and nuisance mitigation during construction to make the process as smooth as possible. We also offer creative solutions and innovative structural systems for seismic retrofitting projects.
For projects big and small in both private and institutional settings, the use of timber structures is rapidly gaining ground. From adding a striking architectural accent to designing an all-wood or hybrid structure, we can draw upon our award-winning expertise to help make your vision a reality.
Our services include the design of underground utilities, sewage, drainage, water and fire protection, parking lots and driveways, exterior landscaping, as well as stormwater retention studies. We also cover urban facilities—terraces and outdoor swimming pools, esplanades, bike paths, footpaths, skate parks, athletics tracks, parks, and soccer fields built with natural or synthetic turf. In addition, we provide development services for access roads, viaducts, and culverts in both urban and rural areas.
Environment and Sustainable Development
At SDK, we pledge to protect the environment and preserve our natural resources, which provide a safe and pleasant living environment for all those who call earth home. We therefore strive for innovative, efficient, and eco-friendly solutions. Our goal is to work alongside our clients in their efforts towards sustainable development and, should they so desire, towards LEED certification.
Our expert engineers offer guidance and support to clients throughout the construction and engineering dispute process. Whether you are in need of a post-disaster appraisal, a counter-assessment of study reports, an expert witness in court, or a claims file review, you can count on the expertise of our team of seasoned engineers.