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What next for schools?

What next for schools?

As temporary works designers, we have been working with Portakabin for some time designing foundations and drainage for modular buildings, which come in a variety of sizes and configurations to suit almost any set of circumstances. Many of the projects we worked on...

Field identification of soils

Field identification of soils

As a firm specialising in temporary works design for projects of every size, from housing developments to major civil engineering infrastructure schemes, we are often asked to design the foundations for a crane or structure, when no information on the ground is...

Preparing the country for a return to work

Preparing the country for a return to work

As temporary works designers, for projects of all sizes, from housing development access roads to cofferdams, much of our work is required at short notice, which can make resourcing an issue. It is typically feast or famine in the office, with overworking everybody...

Remote working and the new normal for civil engineers

Remote working and the new normal for civil engineers

Many people are talking about the new normal, but nobody knows at this stage what it will be. Over the last few weeks here at PDMA, we have had to adapt to our team working from home, which has already changed the way we work and will change the way we work in...

Mitigating the impact of coronavirus

Mitigating the impact of coronavirus

Understandably, there is now significant concern around coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s not just the health concerns that have everyone worried, but its impact on normal business operations. PDMA is taking this issue extremely seriously, treating it as a significant...

HS2 and working platforms for plant

HS2 and working platforms for plant

For those of us in the construction industry, it is good news that the Government has now confirmed that the first Phases of HS2, from London to the Midlands will now go ahead. Enabling works have continued to be undertaken over the last few years, perhaps...

Temporary works crane platform aggregate explained

Temporary works crane platform aggregate explained

On a recent project, we were tasked with determining the requirements for a crane platform, in preparation for cast concrete floor sections to be lifted into place. Following a genuine hands-on experience to squeeze the clay soil and understand the...

Access road design project needs a staged approach

Access road design project needs a staged approach

In the role of consulting engineers, it’s important to remember that when tasked with a project that may seem simple at first glance, we have to look at every aspect in detail, even when the client has suggested a possible solution. It requires years of...

Timber headings – the unseen technical challenges

While many of our clients will be familiar with the broad range of services we provide as an experienced team of consulting engineers, there are aspects of our work that are more niche and don’t receive the same attention, despite their usefulness.A recent news...

Temporary Works Forum – sharing insights improves us all

For specialist consulting engineers like PDMA, it’s important we keep up to date with all the latest developments in our industry, to understand different approaches to the challenges we face on a daily basis and also learn from the mistakes others have made.Despite...

Engineering in detail – M20 Grade 8.8 black bolt

Engineering in detail – M20 Grade 8.8 black bolt

As a business PDMA Consulting Engineers is involved in projects large and small, from temporary works for the redevelopment of New Street Station in Birmingham to permanent formwork on the River Thames as part of the Thames Tideway Scheme. And whilst work of this...

Practice safe scaffolding to prevent accidents

Practice safe scaffolding to prevent accidents

PDMA Consulting Engineers is contracted to deliver a large range of temporary works schemes and many involve scaffolding to allow access to the structures to be built, renovated or maintained. Scaffolding is commonplace and until something goes wrong, it is largely...