What Is a Structural Engineer?
Structural engineering is a subspecialty within the field of civil engineering. A structural engineer is someone who specializes in the physical integrity and design of different structures, including buildings, bridges, tunnels, and highways. In a very basic sense, it is the job of a structural engineer to make sure that any given structure is able to handle the loads and forces that it will encounter during its lifespan. While some structural engineers focus on one particular type of structure, such as large commercial buildings, skyscrapers, malls, or stadiums, others work across multiple industries including residential, municipal, manufacturing, and more.
Is a Structural Engineer the Same as an Architect?
While structural engineers and architects are similar in that they both design buildings, architects usually have more of a focus on the appearance of the building or what kind of materials will be used to construct it. Structural engineers, on the other hand, are more likely to consider the strength and durability of the structure and making sure that it will stand strong in the face of weather, erosion, disaster, and even daily wear and tear.
When Do You Need a Structural Engineer?
Generally speaking, a structural engineer is required for a project if there are going to be significant structural changes made to an existing structure, or if a new structure is being built. That means, if you’re planning to finish your basement or remodel your kitchen, you probably won’t need to hire a structural engineer. However, if you’re looking to build a large addition onto your home or add a second story, you will need a structural engineer.
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