Structural Engineers are specialists in the design, construction, repair, conversion and extension of buildings and other structures both large and small. They are concerned with the analysis and design of key structural elements within a building, such as foundations, columns, beams etc. and ensuring the structural integrity and stability of the whole structural system.
The structural system is an essential part of a building, not only is it able to resist the anticipated loads but it also forms the skeleton for which all other trades are to work around. It is therefore vital that the correct structure is chosen to suit the project; any mistakes would have serious implications both structurally and financially.
A qualified Structural Engineer will have an understanding of the primary materials used within the construction industry, such as concrete, masonry, timber, steel, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Whether designing a single beam or investigating an historical building for defects, this understanding allows a Structural Engineer to provide a structural solution that is viable, fit for purpose and economical. In circumstances when the stability of any property has been affected, for example, subsidence, fire, flooding or explosion, Structural Engineers are able to determine the degree of damage and suggest the necessary precautions and remedial action.
A qualified Structural Engineer is someone who has a Degree in Engineering, and a minimum of four years design experience. Some Engineers go on to become a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, which requires a seven hour exam and evidence of continued professional development. Also qualified Structural Engineers will have Personal Indemnity Issuance, which ensures the client is financially secure should there be a malfunction with the structural system
For guidance on when to appoint a structural engineer click this
why an engineer?