Oftentimes, homeowners don’t know they need a structural engineer… until a renovation project goes haywire. With our “do it right the first time” philosophy, it’s important to educate people about structural engineers.
We see too many projects that would be perfectly fine, if only a structural engineer was involved. So, this is it, your introductory to one of the most important specialists in any building project.
What is structural engineering?
A core branch of civil engineering, structural experts are trained to evaluate and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of buildings and constructions. From small residential renovations to large buildings or bridges, a structural engineer will complete the analysis and design stage… while integrating with other creators, supervising construction, and ensuring the integrity and safety of the structure.
UNSW Sydney defines the role as “determining the type of structure that’s suitable for a particular project, the best materials to use, the loads and other actions that it must sustain.” Further to this, “the arrangement, layout and dimensions of its various components.”
A designer’s calculations ensure structural stability, that all individual parts have adequate strength, and the long lifespan of its design life to perform its intended function.
An industry that dates back to our largest man-made structure.
Structural engineering’s principles were applied in the build of the Great Pyramids… and it’s just as important today.
A career in this field requires a Bachelor of Engineering (and potentially, a Masters), certification and ongoing learning – to keep up to date with advancements in technology, materials, computer software, and Government regulations.
Numeracy and analytical skills are paramount to confidently use software, explain complex conceptual information, meet deadlines and work within tight budgets. With a duty to safety and structural integrity, an engineer’s role is to ensure it can withstand loading and prevent catastrophic damage – be it financially or loss of life.
A structural engineer achieves this through:
- Performing accurate calculations of pressures of every building element.
- Preparing blueprints, maps, reports and topographical and geographical data using computer software.
- Advising which materials are best to use, in respect to budgets.
- Meeting with architects & builders.
- Monitoring the construction progress.
This classification of engineers enables builders to create safe, long-standing structures…
And ensures homeowners safe plans that fulfil local regulations.
But most importantly, the role of structural engineers is to keep everyone who builds, uses and enjoys the structure, 100% safe.