The project involved ensuring the stability of solar or PV panel substructures. We designed several substructure variations specifically crafted to the varying climate conditions of the different distribution territories. For the most part, the substructure was made of steel elements with a frame containing a cantilevered column, main beam and bracing elements. The solar or PV panels were supported by aluminum beams on a wide range of spans and rasters. Our design work ran concurrently with that of the marketing department so that they could deliver a cost estimate to the clients.
The key consideration and concern throughout the project was that the solar panels were to be distributed worldwide. Hence we dedicated a considerable amount of the timeline to educating ourselves in the international codes and standards for structural design which underpinned the success of the project.