J&P Building Systems, UK subsidiary and distributor of commercial building products from three major German manufacturers, has adopted PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0, supplied and support by Adept Scientific as the primary platform for its engineering design calculations, helping it to make faster, more robust and more detailed design recommendations for its clients.
The connection systems, lifting anchors, sealing and insulation technologies supplied by J&P are the hidden elements that enable today’s commercial buildings to meet demanding cost, construction speed and performance requirements.
But with a catalogue of tens of thousands of products from leading building industry manufacturers; J&P parent companies H-Bau, Jordahl and Pfeifer, specifying exactly the right items is critical for the company’s clients.
That’s why a key part of J&P’s offering to its customers is its in-house engineering team, led by Head of Engineering, Jeremy Wedge.
Wedge and his team will analyse customer requirements and make specific recommendations about the best products to pick for their application and the way those products should be installed to ensure the resulting design is cost-effective, straightforward to assemble and compliant with all the relevant building regulations and engineering codes.
In the past, the company relied on a library of spreadsheets to carry out its engineering calculations, but that approach had some important limitations. ‘The spreadsheets required a lot of manual work,’ says Wedge. ‘If for example, we are designing the lifting anchors for a precast concrete panel, we need to know the weight of the panel and the position of its centre of gravity. So we would enter the details of its geometry into the sheet, take the results we obtained and manually cross reference those against a table of possible products.’ Continue reading