Gripple Technical Services offers a full suspension system design service. Drawings can be submitted in either .dwg or .pdf file formats and are returned fully annotated and costed. Bespoke bracket design, and assistance with minimising suspension elements and cost can also be provided. In order to reduce programme time and installation costs further, Gripple Catenary Systems can be employed to span structural steels and suitable building components. Gripple’s Installation Design service provides the contractor with annotated drawings showing the location and length of each catenary wire to simplify the installation process.
Catenary Tension Analysis
Catenary systems can impose loads on building structures far in excess of the vertical loads applied to each free span. It’s for this reason that Gripple Technical Services offers computer modelled catenary tension analyses to determine both final catenary sag and more importantly, anchor point loading. This ensures that all catenary systems installed meet the requirements of the structural engineer.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is now a mandatory requirement for centrally funded government projects in the UK, and this highly collaborative way of working is fast becoming the preferred method for carrying out progressive private sector projects.
Gripple Ltd. is the only supplier of wire rope suspension systems that offers consultants and contractors full BIM support in the form of 3D model families. This allows designers to add both fixed and suspended supports for building services, and carry out clash detection in the virtual project environment.
Models are available in a range of file formats including .rfa, .ifc and .dwg and offer full connectivity to product data which can be used to aid cost management, construction collaboration and facilities management. Detailed schedules of Gripple components can be created meaning only the correct quantity of product is ordered, minimising cost and waste.
Gripple Technical Services has recognised the advantages that BIM brings to construction projects and is committed to working with consultants and contractors to develop their BIM capabilities.
Contact Gripple Technical Services for the latest BIM models.
Embodied CO2 Assessment and BREEAM or LEED Accreditation
Gripple Ltd. recognises that today’s buildings need to be designed to the highest environmental standards. In order to facilitate this, Gripple Technical Services is able to provide calculations, based on drawing submissions or site surveys, to determine the ECO2 savings when switching to lightweight wire rope suspension systems. This supporting evidence can then be submitted to BREEAM assessors in order to obtain BREEAM credits or to LEED assessors for LEED points.
Seismic Bracing & Blast Protection Services
Gripple Ltd. is a leading provider of seismic bracing and blast protection systems. In contrast to standard wire bracing, Gripple’s seismic system is fully tested and approved to OSHPD OPA-2123-10 and UL NEBS GR 63 Core Certification and has SMACNA verification, recognised as the most demanding requirement in the world.
Gripple Technical Services can offer:
- Engineering seismic bracing calculations based on design category, occupancy, importance and relevant site specific seismic specifications
- Detailed engineer's sealed drawings (electronic format) prepared in AutoCAD or .pdf files (submitted by the consultant/contractor) indicating the location of seismic bracing points and bracket type
- Gripple on-site training on seismic product installation.
- Completion visit by Gripple Seismic Authorised Representative to ensure correct installation.
- Gripple Seismic Bracing products per engineering calculations, including:
- Seismic wire rope kit with End Fixing and colour coded verification tag
- Seismic component bracket
- Gripple Seismic Hanger
Acoustic & Vibration Performance
Gripple wire suspensions offer vastly improved acoustic performance over traditional installation methods. Gripple Technical Services can supply independent test data which confirms the levels of attenuation that Gripple wire rope suspensions achieve over a range of audible and inaudible frequencies, when compared to threaded rod.
Technical Specifications & Best Practice Guides
Along with industry leading certified CPD presentations on a range of subjects, Gripple Technical services offers a range of published material to ensure that installations are done in accordance with the best standards. Titles include ‘A Guide to the use of Wire Suspensions in Swimming Pool Environments’, ‘Suspension of Ductwork and Associated Services with Steel Wire Ropes’ and ‘Suspension of Pipework and Associated Equipment with Steel Wire Ropes’. A generic specification is also available should you wish to include wire rope suspension systems in your design without specifying Gripple products. Gripple Technical Services can also offer advice should Fire Rated Suspension Systems be required.
Pre-commencement site surveys, on-site pull testing to verify substrate suitability, progress reports and completion certificates can all be requested from Gripple Technical Services. Toolbox Talks are also available on a range of Gripple products and time saving installation methods.
Contact the Technical Services team by email or call 0800 018 4264 to speak to the team.