Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Structural Engineer?
Structural engineers are responsible for the design of various types of structures such as buildings, bridges, tunnels etc. Structural engineers often act as consultants to an architect, design and build contractor or end user. Responsibilities of the structural engineer generally are to determine loads that act on a structure such as wind, snow, imposed loads and determine the elements required to resist the loads acting on the structure. The engineer will utilise various material such as steel, timber, masonry or concrete depending on the situation. The engineer will also ensure the structure is safe, stable, robust and suitable for use.
Safety is key to a structural engineer so an engineer should be a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) to ensure they meet the requirements of their trade.
Do I need a Structural Engineer?
This will depend on the project you are proposing to carry out. If you are building an extension, making alterations to the existing layout of your property or even building a new property it is likely you will require the services of a structural engineer. Send us the details of your project today and we will be happy to advise you if a structural engineer is required and also provide you a quotation for our services.
Ultimately, if your project requires you to submit calculations/drawings for approval by building control, then the services of a structural engineer wll generally be required.
A structural engineer will work with your contractor/architect to ensure the structure is safe and compliant with all code of practice and building regulations part ‘A’.
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