Engineering design


As a company that prides itself on its flexibility – a willingness to deliver the most appropriate engineering solutions to any requirement – we place a great deal of emphasis on our design skills.

Customers come to us for our ingenuity, our ability to provide simple answers to difficult questions. Need to incorporate complex process pipework into a limited space? Looking for a supplier capable of delivering Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions? Need a single source partner for structural, electrical and mechanical services?

Come and talk to us. Whether your project is plant updates / replacements, a factory expansion or a completely new facility, we’re here to help.

Design office capabilities

We currently have eight full time design / draughtsmen specialising in pipework, structural steelwork & 2D/3D modelling, giving us the capability to develop and prepare design and manufacturing drawings and models from your specifications and outline drawings.

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Structural calculations

Structural calculations for support platform and staircase
The calculations documentation for this project is typical of the approach we take to everything we design, fabricate and install. It provides a full and detailed breakdown of requirements, including operating conditions and complete calculations of loads.

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Design tools

Our people make use of the following design tools:

Tekla (structural steel 3D design)

  • Rapid implementation of design changes
  • Automatic component detailing, parts lists, design data output
  • Assembly drawings and build sequences

Solidworks (mechanical engineering design)

  • Product & Product Component Design
  • Provision of assembly and detailed manufacturing drawings
  • Integrated analysis tools – interference detection / FEA


  • Used for general drafting and layout
  • Integration of output from Tekla and Solidworks into project models and overall layouts


  • AutoCAD-based, fully-intelligent 3D plant models with piping, cable tray and HVAC ducting
  • Includes hundreds of metric and imperial pipe specifications
  • Library of over 60,000 components
  • Automatic isometric generation with parts lists
  • Collision detection, enabling complex pipe-routing designs

Outsourced services

We have also established excellent working relationships with selected design / engineering consulting partners, from whom we can commission services such as seismic and blast calculations



Want to know more about what we offer? Got a specific project you’d like to discuss? Then we’d really like to hear from you! Call us on

+44 [0]1924 467040

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About Richard Alan Engineering

the company

We are a leading force in the supply of process and dosing equipment for the water, chemical, paper, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, and food & drink industries.

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