Integral and multidisciplinary design

 In Gate Design

Integral and multidisciplinary designs are concepts well known within SBE. This technique allows us to complete a design in which the input of various stakeholders, both internal and external, are bundled into one powerful whole. Skills such as efficient collaboration and communication are essential in this respect.

Within SBE, we speak of integral and multidisciplinary cooperation when various stakeholders need to sit down at the same table and different disciplines are combined in a design.

These stakeholders can be different parties, each with its own perspective. The client plays a guiding role in each project, often a government department or board. The role of the client is to provide insight into the legislative framework and be responsible for granting building permit and the like. In addition, the manager will also take a seat at the table. This party will provide advice on various important aspects that influence the design, such as safety guidelines, geometric requirements, preference for materials with a view to maintenance, etc. Aspects such as mobility and accessibility will in turn be carefully monitored by the city planners. They consider the urban design integration of the design. Subsequently, parties such as utilities, fire brigades, etc. may also be invited if this is relevant to the project.

In the second instance, a team of technical specialists will take a seat at the table. This is necessary because in a multidisciplinary design you will have combined various areas of expertise. It is therefore necessary that every expert is present in such a way that the impact of a certain decision and/or change can be immediately absorbed.

Usually the project starts with the architectural design in which the focus is placed on the design of the infrastructure in combination with its urban integration. In addition, the civil design will be discussed in which the geotechnics, concrete and steel structure and/or mechanics will be developed to an acceptable technical detail. If applicable, the operation and control of the mechanical parts will also be cast in an electromechanical design by an expert. Another expert will be responsible for combining the roads and sewerage in an infrastructural design.

Integral and multidisciplinary designs can therefore only succeed if you are prepared to sit down at the table with a lot of parties. Continuous efficient cooperation and communication are crucial skills. This is the only way in which each party is constantly aware of changes and their impact on its own area of expertise can be mitigated. In this context, BIM design is an important supporting tool. Thanks to this technique, various disciplines automatically work together in one model, making it possible to immediately discover the influence of changes. (For more information, see blog post about BIM)

Within SBE, we make maximum use of integrated and multidisciplinary designs and strive for efficient operation. In doing so, we focus on the client and it is always our goal to relieve this party of as much risk as possible.