Consultant Waldeck has merged its design and detailing expertise in precast concrete, insitu concrete, timber, structural steelwork, and facade engineering sectors into a new, niche Off Site Manufacture (OSM) department.
The new department is supported by a dedicated research and development team tasked with identifying and developing new products and systems.
Waldeck claims that its OSM engineers and technicians have cumulatively over 300 years of experience in producing innovative design solutions for the benefit of manufacturers, sub-contractors, principal contractors and end user clients in concrete.
Its specialist team is now working on some major offsite solutions on Thameslink’s huge Blackfriars project, and the new Hilton Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 5.
Waldeck founder Paul Waldeck says that the consultant is living by the construction industry’s
current “more for less” agenda.
“There is a fundamental need to drive value into everything we do as construction professionals. Our approach is focused on taking what is often a very good traditional solution and then challenging the norm to derive potential opportunities to save time and money,” Waldeck says.
OSM enables production of building and civil engineering elements in factories where high levels of precision and quality control are achieved.
OSM is not weather dependent, and project waste is reduced in the factory and on site bringing cost and environmental benefits, alongside time certainty for those elements.
Waldeck use computerised BIM techniques to quickly establish 3D project models, thus ensuring that the elements will fit perfectly together on site.
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From this model, production drawings, in some cases solely an electronic tag instruction to computerised manufacture equipment, quickly follow.
Subsequent changes and modifications prior to manufacture can be easily accommodated, automatically revising drawings, part numbers, schedules or components.
Easy integration with clients own systems permits real-time tracking of elements allowing the benefits of just-in-time manufacture and delivery to be fully realised.