WSP Opus’ Research team covers all disciplines required for full-scale and model studies of wind and air flows, including instrumentation technology, aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, vibration and structural dynamics, and wind tunnel testing.
These services are highly valued for a wide range of applications, including:
We work closely with architects and engineers throughout the design phase and recommend mitigation strategies where the wind effects are too great. The level of infrastructure growth in New Zealand, especially in Auckland, means the wind tunnel is in constant use. The tunnel has also been used for unique projects such as: assessing the strength of novel umbrella designs; and in-field assessments of issues such as jet engine wash at airports.
The team is part of the New Zealand Wind Engineering Research Consortium, which has gained national and international recognition for their efforts in undertaking field studies of wind speeds over complex topography and the monitoring of wind-induced motion of buildings and other wind-sensitive structures. They have presented to numerous international conferences.
The first ever New Zealand Topshop Topman store is located on Queen Street, in Auckland’s CBD. Taking over an existing building, extensive structural services were required to enable a high quality fit out suitable for this world famous brand.
Hill shape has a significant effect on wind speed, and can increase its force up to three-fold compared to flat terrain nearby. This makes the hill shape multiplier very important when taking wind actions into consideration for constructing buildings and structures on hilly sites.
Arrange to speak with a Peter Cenek, Manager of Research, Environmental