When it comes to preparing designs for a project, an engineer’s role is to find the most efficient and cost-effective solution for a client which answers all their needs, as outlined in the brief. Based on extensive site investigations including load tests, geotechnical surveys and even historical archive research, the engineering team will put together plans which they believe will work best. The client agrees on one, the decision is communicated to the construction team, and work begins on site.
This past month Lyons O’Neill have again been featured in the press, with Director Kevin Lyons speaking about his engineering path as well as the current housing crisis and the solutions we need to embrace.
As an engineer, it’s incredibly rewarding to work on a project from the initial sketch right through to the client handover, seeing designs take physical shape and adapting plans to the site and client requirements. However, engineers can assist in a number of ways and at different stages of a project and an interesting role we often assume is that of the checking engineer.
One of the most important tenets of construction is understanding the needs of the client. If you go in with a dogged, one-size-fits all approach, you’ll meet far more issues and obstacles than going into a project with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to those you’re working for. Likewise, you have to be prepared for the terrain on which you’re working to throw surprises and difficulties, but adaptability and strong planning will allow you to be prepared for anything.
Engineering revolves around communication and the sharing of ideas or information, whether this relates to a specific project or best practice in the industry. Lyons O’Neill have always been engaged in discussion of key topics in the industry and recently Directors Kevin Lyons and Damian O’Neill have been sharing their insights in the press.
There is a massive amount to consider when it comes to any kind of building design, but this is especially so in the case of designing and building homes. When taking on conversion and renovation projects, the necessity of working within the original structures whilst also creating something modern, comfortable and desirable for future inhabitants always presents an interesting and enjoyable challenge.
Recent few weeks have seen some fantastic industry success for Lyons O’Neill with industry recognition for the quality of our work and all we do to push the sector forward.
Conversion projects are something of a unique undertaking – and Lyons O’Neill are currently involved in two large scale projects of this nature, each bringing their own challenges and ensuing approaches.
Every design project is different, taking into account the individual aims and factors governing a project, and this means engineers are skilled in creating structures of all shapes and sizes. But structures don’t just vary in space, they vary in time – as seen with exhibition spaces.