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Primary Roles of Structural Engineering in Construction Industry

29 April 2021

The construction industry is anchored on the wonderful works of engineering and all its accompanying branches and sub-disciplines. One part of engineering that has been very helpful in the construction industry is structural engineering. Structural engineering entails the creation of drawing and specifications of the structure as well as the review of other engineers’ work and calculations. It is also intended to produce reports and evaluations out of observing construction sites and their project progress.

Structural engineering is known to be a sub-discipline of civil engineering. With all the activities conducted by this specific sub-discipline, structures and project sites can remain safe and free from any potential issues in the future. It can likewise incorporate design specifications that would allow structures and project sites to withstand any stresses, pressures, and issues that may occur within and around them. 

Some more details about the roles of structural engineering in the construction industry are as follows:

Design of the Structural Components

One main role of structural engineering in the construction industry is to pinpoint structural components that can be used for a construction project. Structural engineers who will be working on a given project are often provided with the architectural drawing for them to carry out structural analysis and design. Afterwards, they will generate structural drawings that contain specifications of structural materials that can work best for the specific project. Once the drawings are completed, structural engineers will supervise and monitor whether the specified structural components are being followed or not.

Project Monitoring and Supervision

Another crucial role of structural engineering in the construction industry is the monitoring of construction projects. Structural engineers have the responsibility to monitor and supervise construction projects that are assigned to them. With their constant monitoring and supervision, they ensure that projects will follow all the requirements indicated on the contract documents, building standard code, approved plans, and many more. During the monitoring and supervision of the projects, structural engineers must observe and give instructions whenever necessary so that the structures can be completed efficiently and safely. 

Structure Maintenance and Upkeep

Once the construction projects are completed, structural engineers must now ensure that the structures are receiving necessary maintenance and upkeep. Maintenance and upkeep can retain the serviceability and longevity of the structures. And since not all structures are made the same, the ones who will be conducting maintenance and upkeep should follow the plans intended for them. Without proper maintenance and upkeep, the structures can weaken and deteriorate over time, which would then lead to structural failure and collapse. These effects can be catastrophic, especially if a lot of people are hurt.

Collapsed Structures Investigation

Structural engineers have in-depth knowledge about the framework of structures. Therefore, they can be valuable when it comes to investigating collapsed and deteriorated properties. Structural engineers, alongside other professionals, can determine the causes of distress and failures. This team of professionals will also handle damage assessment in structures, buildings, and other properties. They may find out that some structural materials have deteriorated due to lack of maintenance or that some people did not carry out their jobs well during the pre-construction or post-construction phase. To obtain quality structural engineering services, you can contact us at Fairdinkum Technical Services.

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