Why Use a Structural Engineer?
A structural engineer is a creative innovator who use maths and science to design structures and solve issues. The structures they design are specially designed to withstand pressure imposed through human use and environmental conditions. A key part of a structural engineer’s job is to ensure that buildings and other structures don’t rotate, deflect collapse or vibrate excessively. They also examine existing buildings and structures to test if they are still fit for their purpose.
Do I Need a Structural Engineer?
There are several occasions when you may need to enlist a structural engineer:
Renovations – When you’re making property improvements, they may involve the stability of the building meaning you would probably need a structural engineer. The engineer will provide structural drawings and calculations which will be used by a building contractor and architect during the renovation work.
Some large renovation projects may require an architect t o take care of aspects such as energy efficiency, space planning and aesthetics whilst having a structural engineer to handle matters such as the stability of a building or property. If you’re unsure about whether you need an architect, take a look at this guide.
Structural Inspections – If there is a problem with the structure of your property, whether it is cracking walls or sagging ceilings, you will need a structural engineer to carry out an inspection.
Expert Witness – If you find yourself in a disagreement with another party over a structural matter regarding your home then you may need to enlist a structural engineer. A structural engineer can provide a view which is unbiased, they can then form an independent report and advice on your options.
What Does a Structural Engineer Do?
The key tasks of a structural engineer usually include the following:
Administering contracts. Inspecting properties to check conditions/foundations. Liaising with relevant professional staff such as architects. Making calculations about loads and stresses. Managing projects. Monitoring and inspecting work undertaken by contractors. Obtaining planning and/or building regulations approval. Preparing reports, designs and drawings. Providing technical advice. Contact Us
Engaging with a structural engineer can have immense benefits for the work which is carried out on your property, if you feel as though you are in need of a structural engineer, give us a call today on
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