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Carl Brookes is Team Director leading Ramboll’s Advanced Engineering and Geomatics Unit in Southampton. Carl originally joined Gifford (now part of Ramboll) in 1984 becoming Associate in 1999, Technical Director in 2002, and Team Director in 2012.
Specializing in Engineering Analysis using numerical methods particularly those based on Finite Element techniques, Carl regularly lectures and talks on the subjects of advanced engineering, simulation and geomatics at various institution and seminar events.
During his 30 years’ experience in the analysis of Civil, Building and Industrial structures, Carl has been responsible for a wide range of advanced analytical projects and has the ability to work with many disciplines at an advanced level.
He is expert in performance based design and assessment with considerable experience in: construction analysis of bridges and tall buildings; non-linear simulation of concrete and masonry; special structural assessment and testing; analysis of historic structures; dynamic analysis of structures (vibration, earthquake, collision, blast); structural monitoring.
Carl is also responsible for numerical studies and investigations requiring the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) which have including air quality and fire studies, micro-climate assessments, and building environment simulations.
Research and development work includes: the application of Magnesium Oxide cement composite boards; laser aided modelling (LAM); investigation of masonry serviceability; the development of a new floor vibration assessment technique; and the use of CFD to support the structural design process. Earlier work on masonry arch bridges earned his team a Queen's Award for Enterprise and Innovation.
Carl is a member of the NAFEMS UK Steering Group, NAFEMS Computational Structural Mechanics working group and has worked on the ICE Proceedings Engineering and Computational Mechanics editorial panel as the inaugural deputy chair.
Containing 3,800 cubic metres of timber, the William Perkin High School is the largest cross laminated timber building in the UK.
At more than three times the size of its nearest rival, also engineered by Ramboll, the new-build Open Academy in Norwich was the largest cross-laminated timber panel structure in the country on completion. It uses more than 3,600 cu m of timber, is three storeys high and provides 9,500 sq m of open, flexible school accommodation.
Our experience and expertise with cross-laminated timber panel constructed led to our being specifically requested by the contractor for the timber engineering work. We used 3D integrated structural modelling software to co-ordinate the structural design with the M&E design concept at an early stage, which enabled an efficient and elegant solution to the integration of the two.
Among the advantages of using cross-laminated timber construction is the considerable savings it brings in carbon dioxide emissions. For this project, the technique saved an estimated 2,900 tonnes of CO2 when compared with an equivalent building frame in steel or concrete. This is roughly equivalent to 8.3 million car miles. A further advantage is the reduction in site waste - reduced to just two skips from the the Open Academy superstructure.
Erection of the superstructure commenced in June 2009 and took just 16 weeks, providing programme savings 14-18 weeks - another advantage for both contractor and client.