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Understanding Structural Engineering and Why it is Important

Perhaps one of the most important disciplines in engineering is structural engineering; it deals with the structural strength of a building or structure. Therefore, all projects to construct a building or structure must use structural engineering. In this blog, we take a further look into what structural engineering is and explore why it is such a fundamental factor in the engineering sector.

What is Structural Engineering?

When you combine mathematics and physics, you get structural engineering. The discipline involves physical laws as well as research into the strength of different materials. Then, geometry and calculations are required to create a sound building or structure. Structural engineering affects projects during the design process of a building or structure and the analysis of it. For more information, please take a look at our previous blog that looks at the history of structural engineering.

Structural Engineering in the Design Process

All buildings and structures must be designed to withstand their own weight, as well as any loads or pressures that will be placed upon them. Crucial information such as roof types, floors, material quality and more are provided by structural engineers. Information of this type is vital in creating a building or structure that is safe and suitable. If a structure does not consider structural engineering, it runs the risk of collapsing.

Structural Engineering in the Analysis Process

Once the building or structure is constructed, structural engineers can conduct an analysis on it; this can ensure that it is built will all the necessary design codes. The close and careful analysis also brings forward further information on the wind velocity it can withstand, what the structure or building can bear in terms of weight and the overall capability of it.

San Francisco bridge

Why is Structural Engineering Important?

Structural engineering has a direct impact on the durability and overall safety of the building and structure; therefore, it is crucial to all projects. As an example, it is structural engineers that can determine the estimation of safe weight maximums for bridges, what wind power a warehouse can endure and also the magnitude of tremors a skyscraper can withstand during the event of an earthquake. As well as ensuring the overall safety of a building or structure, structural engineers are responsible for using materials and resources efficiently. They must be able to determine the most suited material for the building or structure and what is most appropriate for its function. Furthermore, they are involved in the design aesthetics for the project, so structural engineering plays a crucial role in all projects. They cover an array of factors in a project, including practical function, budget and visual appeal. If you are interested in learning more about structural engineering, we explore some facts about the industry in our previous blog.

A building with a modern design

What Does a Structural Engineer Do?

Structural engineers are responsible for a variety of factors in a project to construct a building or structure. As mentioned previously, they are heavily involved in the design and analysis process. Day to day tasks of a structural engineer include:

– Preparing designs, drawings and reports
– Calculating loads and pressures
– Picking suitable construction materials
– Provide technical advice
– Liaise with relevant members on the project such as architects
– Obtain building and/or planning regulations
– Monitor and inspect work undertaken by contractors
– Manage projects
– Inspect buildings and structures
– Administer contracts

Structural engineers are an integral part of all building or structure construction projects. Here at ANY Weld, we are experts in steelwork and glass. We carry out projects across the country; from home installation to large scale industrial developments. So, if you are looking at structural fabrication companies and are trying to decide who to use for your project, look no further than ANY Weld and take advantage of our free consultations, with no further obligations. Talk to one of our friendly team members on 01271 860794 or drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk. Alternatively, you can get in touch via our social media channels – Tweet us at @ANY_Weld or visit our Facebook page!