Civil engineering and architecture

Tecsa S.r.l., within the context of carrying out the activities related to its core business, has over the years combined traditional performance in the field of specialist consultancy, related to HSE and fire-fighting design, with a series of activities that aim to offer a 360-degree service. This includes activities of civil engineering and architectural design.

Architectural design has always played a fundamental role in the activities of Tecsa S.r.l. In particular, this involves fire safety aspects associated with new work or activities of the retrofitting of existing buildings. Recent years have also seen the rise of research projects in conjunction with universities aimed at studying the link that can occur between the digital model of the building and the fire protection performance. This is particularly effective considering the new 3D and BIM (Building Information Modelling) technologies that Tecsa S.r.l. has.

Tecsa S.r.l. then proceeded to carry out, for a number of significant customers located throughout Italy, analysis of seismic vulnerability and structural inspection of the facilities in relation to seismic events.

These mostly include Italian refineries and numerous industrial sites subject to relevant accident prevention regulations (recalling in fact that Legislative Decree no. 105/2015, transposition of the Seveso III Directive, emphasises the need to evaluate industrial incidental events generated from acts of nature, including the earthquake). As part of these activities Tecsa S.r.l., jointly with the Turin Polytechnic, has developed a simplified methodology for the investigation of seismic vulnerability that relates powerful events that can occur following a seismic event with the actual vulnerability of the structures given their actual condition. This method leads to prioritisation of the studies to be carried out in compliance with national anti-seismic law according to the methods prescribed by the reference NTC and is based on the findings of the relevant accident risk analysis, on the application of the analysis LOPA (AIChE) for certain incidental scenarios, on expert judgement and on a series of simplified calculations carried out starting from simplified models of structures that are similar to the items being studied developed with FEM techniques.

The civil engineering and architecture services link in to:

  • basic design and detailed design;
  • works supervision;
  • structural engineering;
  • earthquake engineering;
  • geotechnical engineering;
  • analysis and management of the construction process supported by advanced tools and methods (BIM, LBS – Location Based Scheduling, 2D/3D and 4D simulation);
  • urban planning;
  • analysis of the territory through digital cartography tools and the development of geographic information systems (GIS related to Autodesk and ESRI also in web-based format);
  • lighting design and verification;
  • energy audit/diagnosis and development of energy performance certificates (EPAs) in accordance with the provisions referred to in Ministerial Decree 26th June 2015 (national guidelines for the energy certification of buildings);
  • the performance of environmental sustainability audits of construction projects both in terms of the buildings and the infrastructures through national and international recognised protocols (LEED, BREEAM, ITACA) with professional and certified technicians;
  • facility management;
  • design validation and execution of feasibility studies;
  • expert reports;
  • safety within the context of temporary and mobile building sites (pursuant to Title IV of Legislative Decree 81/2008).