Rodio Kronsa, our Spanish subsidiary, has recently adopted prototype generative design software for foundation projects involving driven prefabricated piles and associated pile heads and stringers. The purpose of the tool was to provide an optimal solution by exploring the various possible pile and stringers arrangements, representing a significant number of alternatives.
Rodio Kronsa‘s client gave us a very positive feedback:
Thanks to the generative design, Rodio Kronsa was able to convince us that the proposed solution was perfectly sized for the basement of our project. Moreover, when the loads changed, the fit could be considered very quickly and the whole model updated!
The success of the project has inspired other subsidiaries, including in Guatemala, where Rodio Swissboring is developing the tool for a micropile project. At Soletanche Bachy France, we are also interested in the application for modelling anchored rafts.
Although the use of generative design is still at an early stage, with a few subsidiaries leading the way, the aim is to roll out the technology to other group subsidiaries. This requires the creation of a network of users and the development of an interface to work with existing calculation tools. All of our design engineers will then be able to create and use this panel of generative design tools and adapt them to the various foundation processes and soil technology we offer our customers.
Generative design has numerous benefits.
For design engineers, it strengthens their expertise by freeing up their time for more value-added tasks, such as soil studies, interpretation of results, modelling, solutions research, etc.
The great expertise of our design office teams, combined with this very promising technology, opens up a wide range of possibilities, which will allow us to offer our customers increasingly optimised variants.
Serge Borel – Deputy Managing Director – Soletanche Bachy
For our customers, the use of generative design by Soletanche Bachy and its subsidiaries means better proposals for their projects, in terms of cost, time, quality, as well as more innovative, or even more environmentally-friendly, variants.
On this World Engineering Day for the Future, generative design offers fantastic potential for design engineers and all foundation and soil technology projects generally.