Structural engineers are a type of building consultant and are an important part of the building or renovating process. As the name implies, structural engineers are responsible for the structural integrity of a building. They design and specify the structural components of the building such as the walls, foundations, footings, posts, and beams.
Role of a Structural Engineer
Structural engineers perform the following tasks:
- Design the framework of buildings and other structures to ensure strength and rigidity.
- Study the development of new building materials and building methods.
- Consult with other engineers, architects, landscape architects and environmental scientists.
- Operate and program computers to assist with calculations.
- Research, develop and test solutions to specific structural problems.
- Supervise construction of buildings and makes recommendations for corrections if there are any problems or the building does not meet standards.
- Take into account the effect that natural forces have on the building and design the building accordingly (to take into account forces from winds and storms etc).
- Review existing structural designs to identify savings or to match the building closer to the builder’s expertise.
- Pre-purchase inspection reports.
- Identify the feasibility of removing or moving load-bearing walls or other structures.
- Provide advice on how to safely change the layout of an existing home, if required.
- Organise delivery of the materials and equipment needed to complete the project and supervise the labour.