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Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering is primarily a discipline of civil engineering in which engineers are trained to assess and understand,calculate and predict the strength, rigidity and stability of buildings or structures for buildings or even non-building structures. The findings are used to develop specialized designs and then integrate designs with ones provided by other engineers and experts in the field.

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What is structural engineering?

The specialty of structural engineering lies within the broader civil engineering field; it focuses on the basic framework of structures as well as the design of the structures to endure pressures and stresses of the environment. The aim of structural engineering is to design structures that will remain stable, safe and secure through their lifespan.

In simple words, structural engineering is used to ensure that structures don’t collapse and bridges don’t fall down.Structural engineering solutions help battle the effects of the environment and is used in a range of aspects such as designing of:

• Roof framing (beams, joists, trusses and rafters)
• Floor framing (floor decks, beams, girders, trusses, joists, beams)
• Arches, braces, columns, walls, foundations, walls and frames
• Bridge features such as piers, riding surface, stringers and girders

These structures may be built using a variety of materials such as masonry, wood, concrete, steel, aluminum etc. Structural engineering concepts and techniques are used in designing structures that would be able to resist forces from water, soil, high winds, collisions, earthquakes, gravity as well as blast explosions.

They calculate how different materials perform under various stresses such as twisting bending, tension and compression. They also study and analyze how these materials are impacted by environmental conditions such as pressure and temperature, radiation as well as corrosive liquids and gases. They also use their knowledge to predict how these materials will perform and react over an extended timeframe.

A structural engineer handles on-site work and will work in an office setting too. The locations can vary depending on whether the project is located in a rural or metropolitan area. Depending on the scale of the project, a structural engineer may also work in a team consisting of professional, skilled as well as semi-skilled workers.

These professionals are well-versed with concepts of physics, and 3D conceptual skills. They apply the principles of physics, mathematics and mechanics to construct sustainable, stable and safe structures. The structure has to have the capacity to deal with the conditions and environment it is built in.

For instance, a high-rise built in California must be able to endure earthquakes. When they are designing bridges, they have to take into account various environmental and local conditions such as water, wind, terrain, and traffic volume. The structural engineer will take all these aspects into account and then provide design and technical advice about that project.

Duties that a structural engineer performs

A structural engineer performs a range of duties as part of their job, such as:

Survey and assessment- Most structural engineers deal mainly with designing of structures; they calculate the stresses and loads that the structure will be exposed to, even as they factor in the different strengths and qualities of the materials used in those structures.

Even before the construction begins, a structural engineer will investigate and survey the site to determine whether the quality and condition of the land is suited to the requirements of the proposed project.

Communication: These engineers are required to communicate & consult with various other professionals that are involved in the project, such as, landscape architects, environmental scientists and engineers. In their own inspections connected to the project, they may also have to deal with and help government entities.

Management- A structural engineer is often responsible for the organization as well as delivery of equipment and materials needed in the construction project. In many projects, they may be required to handle the supervision and management aspects on site.

In addition to these things, a structural engineer will:

• Analyze blueprints, reports, maps, reports, and geological and topographical data
• Estimate the quantities of equipment and labor
• Compute the grade and load requirements, material stress factors and water flow rates to determine the design specifications
• Inspect project sites to monitor the progress and make sure the construction is progressing as per design specifications
• Conduct studies of environmental conditions and traffic patterns to identify potential problems and analyze how they will impact the project

Systems and tools that structural engineers use

• CAD
• 3D visualization programs
• Advanced modeling tools
• Latest and diverse simulation tools
• Pocket referencing tools
• Engineering calculation as well as conversion tools
• Data analysis software
• Structural strength and material testing tools and software

If you are seeking employment as a Structural Engineer, click here. For the list of all our current openings, or even to register for emails notifications of new job listings with us, use the career listing page.

What is a structural engineer?

A structural engineer often works in conjunction with architects and civil engineers as part of a construction team. They provide solutions that help ensure the stability, safety, solidity and longevity of structures that they help design. These professionals have a very in-depth understanding of mathematics and physics. They are also conversant with the properties of different materials, their tensile strength, density, hardness, bending and bulk strength etc.

These structures may be built using a variety of materials such as masonry, wood, concrete, steel, aluminum etc. Structural engineering concepts and techniques are used in designing structures that would be able to resist forces from water, soil, high winds, collisions, earthquakes, gravity as well as blast explosions.

They calculate how different materials perform under various stresses such as twisting bending, tension and compression. They also study and analyze how these materials are impacted by environmental conditions such as pressure and temperature, radiation as well as corrosive liquids and gases. They also use their knowledge to predict how these materials will perform and react over an extended timeframe.

A structural engineer handles on-site work and will work in an office setting too. The locations can vary depending on whether the project is located in a rural or metropolitan area. Depending on the scale of the project, a structural engineer may also work in a team consisting of professional, skilled as well as semi-skilled workers.

These professionals are well-versed with concepts of physics, and 3D conceptual skills. They apply the principles of physics, mathematics and mechanics to construct sustainable, stable and safe structures. The structure has to have the capacity to deal with the conditions and environment it is built in.

For instance, a high-rise built in California must be able to endure earthquakes. When they are designing bridges, they have to take into account various environmental and local conditions such as water, wind, terrain, and traffic volume. The structural engineer will take all these aspects into account and then provide design and technical advice about that project.

Duties that a structural engineer performs

A structural engineer performs a range of duties as part of their job, such as:

Survey and assessment- Most structural engineers deal mainly with designing of structures; they calculate the stresses and loads that the structure will be exposed to, even as they factor in the different strengths and qualities of the materials used in those structures.

Even before the construction begins, a structural engineer will investigate and survey the site to determine whether the quality and condition of the land is suited to the requirements of the proposed project.

Communication: These engineers are required to communicate & consult with various other professionals that are involved in the project, such as, landscape architects, environmental scientists and engineers. In their own inspections connected to the project, they may also have to deal with and help government entities.

Management- A structural engineer is often responsible for the organization as well as delivery of equipment and materials needed in the construction project. In many projects, they may be required to handle the supervision and management aspects on site.

In addition to these things, a structural engineer will:

• Analyze blueprints, reports, maps, reports, and geological and topographical data
• Estimate the quantities of equipment and labor
• Compute the grade and load requirements, material stress factors and water flow rates to determine the design specifications
• Inspect project sites to monitor the progress and make sure the construction is progressing as per design specifications
• Conduct studies of environmental conditions and traffic patterns to identify potential problems and analyze how they will impact the project

Systems and tools that structural engineers use

• CAD
• 3D visualization programs
• Advanced modeling tools
• Latest and diverse simulation tools
• Pocket referencing tools
• Engineering calculation as well as conversion tools
• Data analysis software
• Structural strength and material testing tools and software

If you are seeking employment as a Structural Engineer, click here. For the list of all our current openings, or even to register for emails notifications of new job listings with us, use the career listing page.