Foreshore StructuresWith the majority of the world’s population living within 20 kilometres of coastline, rivers or lakes, developers regularly have to deal with the effects caused by the presence of water.
Developments on or near the water are specifically complex and require specialist advice and knowledge to deliver successful outcomes. The constantly changing external conditions, exposure of the structure to an aggressive environment and difficult construction constraints make structural design decisions a crucial element in the planning, budgeting and programming of a maritime building.
Over the last 24 years, Robert Bird Group have developed a reputation amongst our peers as being at the forefront of structural design and construction methodology for developments on or near the water. Our firm has become the structural and construction engineers of choice for developments on or near Sydney Harbour, the Brisbane River, Melbourne Docklands and the Gold Coast.
Our extensive knowledge of critical engineering issues, coupled with analytical and design capability possessed by a specialist internal staff unit, enables us to provide the best advice to our clients, achieving the project budget and programme, and a successful commercial result for the project team.
Recently, our capabilities were demonstrated on landmark Sydney projects such as Walsh Bay 6/7, and the restoration of Woolloomooloo Wharf, both of which were recognised with National Engineering Awards.
Specifically, our maritime capabilities and experience includes:
- Construction equipment operating in a marine environment or with submerged foundations.
- Construction of new bridges or restoration of existing bridges.
- High rise developments on or near water.
- Marine structures subjected to earthquakes, wind excitation or vibrations.
- Repair and retrofitting of damaged, old or vulnerable structures in a marine environment.
- Soil and structure interaction effects on submerged structures.
Wharves (steel, concrete or timber) subjected to earthquakes or soil liquefaction effects.
Robert Bird Group also supports university and industry research into the development of cutting edge structural solutions for foreshore structure developments, with many Australian associations including Queensland University of Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney University, Griffith University and Monash University.