To achieve this, we developed the Sustainability Engineering Design Audit (SEDA) system to evaluate the environmental impact of the engineering design at the point of estimation. Using SEDA and its life cycle assessment tools, our engineers can now systematically audit and compare specific materials in a foundation design that will have the least impact on the nine planetary boundaries deemed critical to sustainability. Our parent company, the HCM Group, uses these audited designs to construct sustainable foundations for their clients all across Canada.
With SEDA, we are able to design sustainable shoring and foundation solutions that lower contractor and owner costs by using less concrete, steel and timber. As a continuous improvement tool, SEDA drives sustainability behavior at the root with engineers and estimators, as well as throughout the organization.