Our passion is structural engineering. All our staff are specialist structural engineers and drafters. The majority of MPN staff – engineers and drafters – have been with MPN for many years/decades, so you’ll get consistent and highly experienced service.
As early adopters and avid users of Revit, the industry’s flagship 3D modelling package, MPN has comprehensively developed and tailored the software. Our customised platform allows us to resolve potential issues at the design stage and provide our Clients with a fully co-ordinated and detailed set of construction documents.
MPN were early adopters of post-tensioned structures, and we have been at the forefront of post-tensioned design in Australia. Unlike many other consultants we can offer our expertise from the initial concept through to final construction documentation and site services.
We have also developed techniques for making complex alterations to post-tensioned buildings.
Unlike many other consultants we provide sufficient details to enable construction of a project to proceed with a minimum of fuss. Our detailing is not generic, but specific to each and every use or condition.
A long history of on-site experience has provided MPN the knowledge essential for the development of good, practical design and for the selection of reliable construction techniques. We are able to provide site based engineers that act as the main point of contact between our design office and the construction team which allows construction issues to be resolved quickly and efficiently, taking into account all site constraints. This is particularly important for projects with tight construction programs.
Many projects include a review of documentation to advise possible alternative design solutions with the aim of minimising cost and maximising site productivity while maintaining or enhancing quality, value and functional performance.
More and more MPN are asked to review engineering documentation produced by others and advise on structural adequacy as a second opinion to give the Client peace of mind. The aim is to identify possible deficiencies with respect to codes of practice and either rectify these or obtain acceptable explanation as to their adequacy and suitability. MPN have also identified unmistakeable over-designs by others in such Peer Reviews.
Prior to commencement of any construction works we recommend that dilapidation reports for the existing structures and infrastructure adjoining those works be undertaken to protect the Client from possible future disputes regarding damage attributed to the construction.
Planning is important in choosing appropriate structural systems especially if ‘fast tracking’ of the construction is required to achieve desired completion dates. The following items are typically considered – shoring sequence and methodology, excavation sequence, truck and crane operations, construction loading, ‘jump deck’ where a critical floor is built first with concurrent construction of lower and upper levels, ‘top down’ construction.
MPN is able to offer advice from the inception of a project to help determine the best way forward. We can identify key engineering issues and advise how to overcome or minimise risks and take advantage of opportunities.
Civil engineering associated with project’s structures (shoring, retaining walls, pavements, roadways etc.) is a service we often provide. We also work alongside respected specialist sub-consultants for larger projects’ drainage works, roadworks and flood studies.