Playing the ball quickly using 3D structural design analysis

As Macobo’s Structural Design team leader, ing. Liesbeth Torfs is closely involved in highly diverse projects. She’s more than happy to comment on some of the recent and current projects that her team has worked on. "Challenges can be very different from one project to another," Liesbeth says. "Consider for example the 'De Kering' project in Lommel, Belgium, for which we have worked with D&A architecten on behalf of Loomess. The ground floor is fully furnished as a commercial area, while on the floors there are 23 apartments with spacious terraces. Also, there is an underground level providing ample parking space. Located in the commercial heart of the city of Lommel, this project elegantly combines renovated and newly built parts.

In projects where renovation is involved, we must be able to play the ball very quickly as on-site interventions are needed more frequently. Under these circumstances, it is of particular importance to have access to a structural design analysis software like Diamonds. Analysis models can be updated and recalculated on the fly, providing us with the instrument that we need to provide added value to both the project developer and the architect almost instantaneously.

Calculation times are a definite plus of Diamonds. Because Diamonds allows us to recalculate a structural design in just a matter of minutes, we firmly improve our agility as an engineering team. In addition, Diamonds' great ease of use is essential to us in our day-to-day tasks as structural engineers. If a new colleague strengthens our team (and in a fast growing company like Macobo, that happens frequently), it only takes a few days at the most to get up to full speed with Diamonds. I don’t know of any other structural design analysis software that makes this possible” Liesbeth concludes.


MACOBO-STABO is a multidisciplinary engineering office created from the merger of the engineering firms JAN VAN AELST, STABO and MACOBO. Today we work together as one entity in the disciplines of Stability, Building Techniques, Sustainability, Acoustics and Safety.

MACOBO was founded in 2008 by ing. Davy Macquoi and has organically grown from customer needs. With our family of around 125 in-house construction professionals, our mission is to serve the construction sector with a wide range of the most current architectural studies, which are well coordinated with each other and carried out by the best engineers, using the most modern technologies. As a result, we facilitate the construction process for all construction partners, we promote a profitable project for our customers and we guarantee a sustainable construction for society.

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