AK invests with continuity in improving its design services by training, research and field testing.
- Geotechnical Numerical modeling
The complex and to some extent uncertain ground-structure interaction requires numerical modeling that should predict ground behavior in a reliable and manner.
- Numerical modeling of structures
Complex geometries and static loading conditions require 3D numerical modeling that aims at identifying critical zones and define the static reserves of the concrete or steel structures allowing for design optimization.
- Hydrogeological numerical modeling
Water can represent one of the most critical aspects in underground design and construction. The groundwater table – structure interaction often requires 3D hydrogeological modeling both during the construction and long-term phases of a project.
- BIM modeling
BIM consists of a major design innovation in computerized design the recent years, aiming at a 3D engineering process where modeling, drafting, analyses, economic estimates and project planning are all included in a single suite. AK strongly believes in a BIM – base design and has invested in personnel training and development of applications for underground works. AK collaborates with the Politecnico di Torino and hosts students for thesis writing and trainees on BIM.
- Risk Analysis
Reliability-based design consists the basis of AK’s philosophy to design. The only reliable evaluation of cost and duration for the construction of an underground structure is the one that is proceeded by a thorough risk analysis. Even if the ground is accurately investigated, it is always associated with inherent uncertainty and variability that introduce risk to a project. Knowing the magnitude of these risks (likelihood and consequences) is of utmost importance in the decision-making process of underground structures design and in defining adequate countermeasures for residual risks management.
AK has been active in the development of specific applications for risk analysis, collaborating amongst others with the developers of the DAT software of MIT and EPFL.