Build it Right: How to Hire an Engineer

By Omar, Guest Writer for Chiprang.com () With countless structural engineers available, it can be difficult to delve through the many opt...

By Omar, Guest Writer for Chiprang.com ()

With countless structural engineers available, it can be difficult to delve through the many options and find the right professional for your specific project. Looking closely at what you want to accomplish can help you reveal the kind of professional you desire as well as help eliminate some of the more undesirable candidates throughout your hunt. These helpful tips may help you choose the perfect structural engineer for your project.

Features and Characteristics to Seek

One of the most important aspects to consider when seeking the aid of a structural engineer is their experience and credentials. You should look for an engineer that is ISO certified as well as check into state certifications through associations. Looking for certifications and associations can help insure that the structural engineers you are checking into are accredited. In addition, the potential project you have must match the expertise of proposed engineers. Structural engineers may have specialty experience in commercial, residential, landscape and other types of construction.

Fire safety, BER, audits and disability access experience should also be requirements you seek from a structural engineer, insuring that they can be helpful in a variety of aspects regarding your project. Understanding the different roles and experiences that potential structural engineers should exhibit can be an imperative consideration as you search for the right one to complete the tasks at hand.

Roles and Services

Design and Approval

No matter the type of building you are considering, a structural engineer should be experienced and skilled in design. They should be able to grasp the various elements and materials affecting design and construction, including the foundations, flooring and roofing, creating a stable, safe and aesthetically appealing structure.

Reports & Surveys

Completed on an old structure or new property, a structural survey uncovers any damages or flaws in the structure or property and is a vital aspect of what your structural engineer will perform for you. In addition, reporting the issues associated with your property and properly remedying them can save you from consequences resulting from legal considerations to property damage.

Managing Projects

Your structural engineer should become somewhat of a mediator between you and a contractor, handling everything from budgeting and financial aspects to quality and timelines. With the services of your structural engineer, you should only have to worry about interacting with them and leave overseeing of the total project to them.

Compliance

One of the most important roles a structural engineer will perform is insuring that every aspect of a proposed project meets the requirements established by your community, building regulations and other compliance characteristics.

Property Defects Reports & Surveys

Different from the close examination of the structure of the home, property reports and surveys look at the overall condition of a property, which may include poor construction and even heat loss. A structural engineer should be experienced in offering such services and completing property surveys and reports so that any flaws can be noted before a project is declared completed and problems arise for you at a later date.

When looking for an engineer, whose expertise fits closely with your expectations and project needs, it is important that you understand the various roles that assume so that you can manage them as they manage the other various workers and tasks.

About the author: - Omar owns an engineering consulting company in Houston that provides structural engineering, architectural design, civil and mechanical engineering among other services. For more information, visit http://www.engineeringsvc.com.

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