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What are the wind safety issues?

Throughout a thunderstorm high speed winds can emerge and significant damage can occur as a result. Computing and understanding the wind and its effects can help to minimize the wind induced risk.

Multiple fields of application

High speed train safety

In a cross-wind condition, it is important to identify the wind conditions which could threaten the safety of the train and set up the appropriate protection strategies. We identify such conditions and provide the solutions to avoid the wind induced risk. We provide wind alarm systems and we advise on the actions to be taken; installment of wind breaks, banks, etc.

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High speed train wind safety

Ports and cargo ship wind safety

The influence of wind on nautical equipment can be reduced.

The safe navigation for vessels involves the accurate monitoring of wind conditions at ports. Real-time wind monitoring and wind forecast permits safe docking and improves cargo handling.

Aerial cableways wind safety

The maximum safe wind speed in operation is defined and a wind alert system is set up.

Wind safety of buildings

When the wind interacts with a building, wind loads present themselves. The wind is influenced by ground roughness, other nearby building, the shape of the building it self and any obstacles that the wind may encounter.

Pedestrian wind safety

Local wind characteristics and their effects on pedestrians can be known to determine if wind conditions are acceptable or not. In large scale urban development involving tall or several buildings it is essential to contemplate the pedestrian wind safety.

Wind safety of structures

Bridges, airports, buildings, stadiums, large span roof structures or any large complex structure are all influenced by the wind.

In Europe, you must comply with the Eurocode standards in order to insure that your construction is resistant to extreme winds. In order to comply with the standards the design must contemplate the location and the wind conditions (speed-up, turbulence, wind shear, etc.).

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Wind simulation on a bridge deck

Wind safety of tower cranes and scaffolds

The wind speed at which the tower crane must be taken out of service must be determined. Nearby buildings and topography can have a very significant effect on wind speeds. Therefore, wind data monitoring is essential. We can set up a wind alert system.

The safety of workers and pedestrians depends on these wind studies.

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Wind safety of tower cranes on a construction site

Amusement park wind safety

It’s crucial to choose the best and safest location for the park but also for the attractions within. Their size and geometry are crucial. Additionally, wind speeds can be controlled to ensure pedestrian safety.

Outdoor events, festivals and sporting events

The knowledge of wind conditions can influence the equipment layout and the participants’ safety.


The solution: wind flow simulation

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Wind flow simulation

Wind flow simulation is done using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to:

  • Determine wind speed.
  • Determine wind characteristics.
  • Assess wind potential by creating wind maps.
  • Locate wind speed ups and wind effects on a site.
  • Visualize how your design will interact with the wind.

The climatology of a given site can be obtained with:

  • Weather data.
  • Topography and roughness data.
  • The geometry of all structures/obstacles nearby to the site.


Meteodyn consulting services

Wind modeling studies.

Wind climate analysis.

Wind load analysis.

Pedestrian wind comfort and safety analysis.

Cross-wind analysis.

Facade pressure analysis.

Eurocode studies.

Building and structure design optimization.

Wind alert systems.

Real time wind monitoring.

Wind forecast systems.


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