The SuDS Design Solution
Engage with technology to accelerate growth
SMEs in the construction industry rely heavily on the skills of their people. For a business of any size to grow, efficiency improvements and competitive advantage are key. This isn’t always possible through investing in people alone. Technology that improves the productivity and performance of people and supports their skills helps you deliver more with the time and resources available. This helps your business grow. Investing in technology and technical skills provides an opportunity for SMEs to differentiate your business offering.
Add value to your projects
Local authorities look to developers to consider green infrastructure at the planning stages. They are increasingly looking for different design approaches on new developments, in particular. There is little appetite for identical building developments cropping up across an area. Developers too are looking for ways to differentiate their developments to attract purchasers. That opens the field for smaller, more agile companies to bring new ideas and approaches to drainage design. With software that allows you to model different scenarios, SMEs can prove the effectiveness of innovative designs even during pre-approval conversations.
Prove the effectiveness of your engineering
Software is not a substitute for the engineering knowledge it takes to design drainage systems or the ability to be able to modify them to create an optimum design. But adding MicroDrainage to your engineering knowledge gives you confidence in your approach. The software gives you a way of proving that your system works and is the best it can be.
Designers use MicroDrainage to calculate the storage estimate for the SuDS structures from basic site data and the allowed discharge rate. They can then quickly start to design their system based on these calculations before using the software for more detailed simulation of storm event scenarios, such as 1-in-2yr, 30yr, and 1-in-100 year plus 30/40% for climate change to see if the system meets the requirements.
Respond to client needs
In the UK, MicroDrainage is the standard that local authorities, designers, developers and consultancies use when creating and approving planning applications. It delivers a complete design process for SuDS structures; from design concepts to hydraulic flow analysis. As the industry standard, developers know that designs produced in MicroDrainage will be understood by approving authorities - making reviews straightforward. And, when changes are required, your design can be adjusted quickly and easily within the software, and help developers fully comply with local planning requirements for faster approvals.
MicroDrainage has helped one SME, WilsonDee, win large-scale contracts for its Civil Engineering Design services to produce designs for a 260-plot site and a second 227 plot site, and have secured design works with a second major housing developer for a 150-plot site within Leicestershire. You can read their story here.