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Creating the world’s first “Expert System” for Lift Design

Efficient vertical transportation design, which meets accepted design criteria, is fundamental to successful sustainable vertical urbanism. Seasoned developers already know that building efficiency (net to gross area ratios etc) are critical to commercial success. If tall and super tall buildings are to continue to dominate our cities we must ensure these buildings contain vertical transportation systems suited to the needs of the building type and its users whilst at the same time minimising their ‘footprint’ or ‘space take’ within the building.

The development of computing power over the past 40 years or so has been almost exponential but the development of software applications for lift design generally achieve little more than the theoretical traffic analysis of one group of lifts at a time which was first accomplished by the team led by Dr G.C. Barney and Mike Godwin in the mid 1970s at the University of Manchester where the first ever computer simulations of lift traffic were undertaken.

Over the past six years we have, together with the assistance of the Computer Science Department at Kingston University, UK, led the development of the world’s first “expert system” for lift design that requires only the most basic input variables to compute the most space efficient vertical transportation solutions. Making full use of multi-processor server architecture means that thousands of hours of traffic simulations can be undertaken in minutes delivering huge value to the building designer by telescoping the normal design time frame for this work.

Read more about the Movveo expert system for lift design

2013 Christmas Competition Winner!

Vintage HamperWe are delighted to announce the winner of our “Name that Building” competition. Many congratulations to…

Paul Yeoman, Assistant Director of Estates (Capital Projects), Cardiff University. 

The answer was: The Shard, London

A vintage hamper filled with Champagne and chocolates is winging its way to Paul in time for Christmas.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

The UK engineering community raises funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Lerch Bates and the UK engineering community rallied around RedR to raise funds for disaster relief training and the appeal for the Philippines typhoon.

On Wednesday 13th November, RedR were delighted to be the beneficiary charity at the Association of Consultancy and Engineering’s Centenary Awards at the Dorchester Hotel. Guests, including the UK’s leading consultant engineers, pledged over £6000 to RedR’s Philippines appeal, and spent generously during a silent auction, raising over £10,000 for RedR’s ongoing training.

Celebrating 100 years of Engineering Consulting Excellence!

ACE DinnerWednesday 13 November saw the one-hundredth anniversary of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) and the occassion was marked by a glittering Awards Dinner at the Dorchester. Lerch Bates were delighted to attend and give their support.

ACE announced the winners of its prestigious European CEO of the Year Awards. Three awards were handed out on the night; the Sterling Award which recognises an individual who has made significant achievements in a business in a short space of time; the CEO of the Year Award which provides recognition to exceptional leaders and ambassadors within the industry; and the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Mott MacDonald which is given to an individual who has made a significant, sustained, and exceptional contribution to consultancy and engineering.

ACE also presented its awards for Projects of the Century, with something of an unusual twist. In an innovative move, guests attending the dinner were asked to vote on the night for what they viewed as Projects of the Century in eight categories. The voting proved an incredibly popular and thought-provoking aspect of the evening and the results provoked much celebration, not just from organisations involved in their construction, but from those quarters who voted for the winning project!

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2013

Lerch Bates are proud to have been the VT consultants on two of the four CTBUH winning buildings.

Towers in Canada, China, the UK and UAE have been named the best tall buildings in the world for 2013 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The four regional winners were The Bow in Calgary, Canada (Americas); CCTV
Headquarters in Beijing, China (Asia & Australia); The Shard, London (Europe);
Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Middle East & Africa).

CCTV Headquarters was named as “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner held at the Illinois Institute of Technology on November 07.

The Council received more than 60 entries from around the world for the Best
Tall Building awards.

Christmas Competition Winner

We are delighted to announce the winner of our “Where’s Elbie?” competition:

Kevin Seagrave
MA Capital Delivery

Many congratulations to Kevin – a Fortnum & Mason Hamper is winging its way to him in time for Christmas.

May we wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Delivering cost-effective, reliable & safe solutions to Healthcare Facilities

Lerch Bates exhibits at The Healthcare Estates Exhibition“Current changes to the healthcare system are making it increasingly vital that those involved in estates improve performance, reduce risks and drive efficiencies.”

The government spending review in 2010 protected the NHS budget to a greater  degree than any other public purse.  However, in the same review, targets were set to reduce the running costs of the  overall NHS estate over the next few years. This is where the healthcare sector needs the help and expertise from the private sector. To facilitate this the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) organised a two day  conference and exhibition (09/10 October),  which  focussed on the design, build, management and maintenance of healthcare facilities and estates. As an organisation who has been involved in the healthcare sector over many years we were delighted to support this event and take a stand at the exhibition.

Our many years of involvement within this sector has afforded us a wealth of knowledge on the specific  application of lifts in a hospital environment. This knowledge and understanding benefits our healthcare clients when it comes to planning project programmes e.g. priority theatre lifts requiring minimal downtime for repair works or modernisation, accurate equipment specification and staggered programmes to ensure the least number of lifts are out of service at any one time.

Who dunnit?

Not ones to let a little bit of rain (oh alright three months of rain) dampen our desire for a ‘summer’ party, Lerch Bates staff came together for an evening of murder mystery.

Set against the backdrop of an elegant country mansion, and whilst enjoying a superb three course meal, we ‘attempted’ to work out who dunnit. Actors played out the scenes with a little help from a few (brave, extrovert or downright daft) Lerch Bates employees. Some previously undiscovered acting talents were revealed although it has to be said our sleuthing skills left much to be desired!

It was a perfect team building exercise and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.  All in all, it was a wonderful opportunity for staff from all our European and Regional offices to gather in one place and spend some quality time together.