If you can think it, we can simulate it

Imagine, for a moment, the kinds of buildings and infrastructure that would be needed to support a thriving human colony on Mars. How could we engineer safe and comfortable living conditions for such an inhospitable environment? As remote as a future colony on Mars may be, simulation provides a way to contemplate the possibilities.

Space engineers use simulation to create and validate a wide range of solutions early in the design phase, for example, to design better rovers, landers, and satellites. They ensure spacecraft are capable of withstanding the extreme temperature variations, long lunar nights, and solar flux of the space environment.

If simulation can help us design craft for Mars, just imagine what it can do for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) on Earth. Quebec’s climate is much more hospitable than the space environment, but it nonetheless presents engineering challenges. Simulation provides valuable insights to help AEC professionals tackle complex problems and design safe, comfortable, and energy-efficient buildings.

Evaluating, testing, and optimizing designs

3D modeling solutions for infrastructure design and construction help engineers optimize and test for sustainability, compliance, safety, and cost-efficiency. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis makes it possible to predict the loads and effects of heating, cooling, and ventilation on the building environment and to explore alternative configurations. From thermal comfort to architectural acoustics, solar gains in LEED buildings, air quality, and ventilation systems, Maya HTT offers the expertise and support engineers need to design modern, energy-efficient buildings.

Beyond comfort: sustainability

Energy accounts for 30% of a building’s lifecycle cost. Green building designs require optimized energy performance and present unique challenges. As project teams aim for better sustainability ratings and regulatory compliance within fiscally responsible budgets, reducing emissions and operating costs have become essential design concerns. Simulation promises benefits beyond improved occupant comfort and safety. The level of analysis it enables can lead to significant cost savings, risk reductions and environmental sustainability.

Maya HTT’s services and expertise are sought by companies at the forefront of building engineering. Contact a Maya HTT expert to find out how we can help you engineer better solutions and a better future – in space and here at home, on Earth.

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