Advancing the STATE OF THE ART
RWDI’s professionals actively participate in the development of a variety of codes and standards around the world and continually advance the tools used in its consulting practice.
These efforts contribute to a safer, better and more sustainable built environment.
The Motion Simulator is used as a Performance-Based Design tool to define a suitable target comfort performance level for the dynamic behavior of occupied structures (such as building, bridges, floor systems, etc).
In the simulator, the design team can accurately replicate and experience true-to-life motions for a range of design scenarios.
Having had experience with physical and analytical modeling on thousands of projects worldwide, RWDI has accumulated a tremendous data resource that helps clients receive high quality consulting services that lead to faster advice, improved designs and cost savings.
This data can be 'mined' for similar projects allowing RWDI consultants to review the original tests and reanalyze the data in combination with site-specific properties (e.g., shape, weather climate) to predict results for a proposed project at the new location.
This approach works well for the first-order estimates early in the design process and helps substantiate experience-based asssessments of our consultants.
RWDI's environmental software solutions leverage our environmental experts and the collaboration between our environmental experts and developers. The result is a solution that works right out of the box.
Snow Loading - Our proprietary Finite Area Element (FAE) method is a comprehensive snow loading simulation that combines the results of a wind tunnel study with a computer model and decades of meteorological data.
It is used to simulate snowfall, drifting, the effects of heat loss on existing or proposed buildings.
The project receives detailed design snow loads that replace simplified code calculated loads.
Contributions to Codes...
RWDI is passionate about contributing its expertise to the refinement of codes, standards and guidelines around the world.
Among RWDI’s numerous contributions to the field of wind engineering was the invention of instrumentation that accurately measures wind flows.
The most widely recognized of these is known as the “Irwin Sensor” for pedestrian-level wind speed measurement in the wind tunnel.
Meteorological factors play an important role in almosty every project at RWDI.
Using the most sophisticated analytical methods and weather prediction models, RWDI is able to produce realistic meteorological data.
Pedestrian Wind and WInd Comfort - Virtualwind is an advanced 3D wind flow modeling and visualization software solution developed by Virtualwind Inc, a member of the RWDI Group of Companies. It empowers users to quickly predict, understand and convey complex wind flow phenomena in urban, suburban and rural environments,