Team Director, Engineering Simulation
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T: +44 23 8081 7500
““Use Engineering Analysis and Simulation to verify your ideas, extend your ambition, and allowing you to challenge the conventional””
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.
British Geological Survey offices
The new three-storey office building for the British Geological Survey at their Keyworth campus is the first large-scale building in the UK to use TermoDeck precast slabs supported on timber in a composite structural frame...
Campus Centre, University of Bedfordshire
With its £70m regeneration masterplan, the University of Bedfordshire aims to deliver a campus with an improved sense of community. The first phase concentrated on the new Campus Centre building, for which we supplied structural, fire and geotechnical engineering. It provides a student social hub, a lecture theatre, exhibition space, and catering and student support facilities, over four floors and a mezzanine.
The site in central Luton posed a number of challenges, and historic remains — including a moat — discovered during demolition works delayed progress. In addition, a live services tunnel had to be diverted and negotiations on boundary issues undertaken. The new building shares a wall with the neighbouring business school, and the school's basement in particular required a ...
An increase in personal data collection obliged a leading commercial organisation to purchase a seven hectare greenfield site on which to build a new data centre. A defining feature of this project was the detailed coordination between services and structures. A myriad of services was required to support the vast array of IT equipment. The building was designed to have no point of failure; everything is duplicated.
Our first job was to carry out large scale ground improvements to produce a level site. The risk of differential settlement necessitated the use of a cement stabilisation method in order to create a stiff solid platform for the 15,000 sq m ground slab. In addition, it acted as a piling mat and sub-base replacement beneath the 2k of road on site.
The struc ...
Through its impressive £15m reinvention, The Whitworth Art Gallery has cemented its place at the centre of the cultural national stage - winning the prestigious 2015 ArtFund Museum of the Year Award and is currently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize Award 2015.