Designing commercial buildings requires impeccable planning and detailed calculations to ensure that requirements are met, and customers are satisfied with the outcome. Structural integrity is at the core of any building and PTC Mathcad plays an important role in ensuring faster, more accurate calculations. Being able to quickly adapt to customer requirements and regulations is extremely important in order to garner trust and reliability. Adept Scientific and PTC worked with J&P Building Systems, a UK subsidiary of commercial building products from three major German manufacturers to adopt PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 for its engineering design calculations. This move has helped J&P deliver faster, more detailed results, and more robust design recommendations. Before PTC Mathcad, the company relied on a litany of spreadsheets that involved an incredible amount of manual effort. Not only was a great deal of manual work required, but the process had many limitations. There was no mechanism to lock cells, so calculations had to be re-checked constantly to ensure accuracy. With the implementation of PTC Mathcad, they were able to produce clean documents ensuring the workflow and calculations were accurate and easy to read.
Another important aspect of the process enhanced by PTC Mathcad were the Eurocode requirements. The head of engineering, Jeremy Wedge explained this process, “A lot of our products are CE marked, so we have to produce a declaration of conformity based on the European Technical Assessment Document describing the product and how it can be used.” Using PTC Mathcad for this process, allowed for clean and clear calculations that ensured all requirements were met and documented in faster more efficient process. Wedge went on to state…”PTC Mathcad lets us take things a step further, with drag and drop modules that allow engineers to pull the relevant parts of the code into their calculations.” This saves a tremendous amount of time and manual work, while also ensuring accuracy and consistency.
Lastly, PTC Mathcad has helped improve the way J&P presents design recommendations to customers. They are able to collapse and highlight specific areas of the calculations for customers to view, but also can easily show the full work when required. This flexibility is extremely helpful when it comes to design recommendations as the calculations take on a high level of complexity, but also require the ability to simplify. Read the full article, published by Adept Scientific.