A structural engineer will create the solutions needed to ensure a building or structure is strong, structurally sound, and able to withstand the test of time safely. From structural support systems for buildings through to solutions for bridges, tunnels and other structures, the role of a structural engineer is highly varied. If you are interested in learning more about what a structural engineer does, our team have compiled this insightful guide.

What is a structural engineer?

A structural engineer is a professional civil engineer, who is responsible for maintaining a safe infrastructure for projects within both the public and private sectors. The projects which a structural engineer works on could involve everything from roads, bridges, and tunnels through to houses, airports, commercial buildings, skyscrapers and even rollercoasters!

What projects does a structural engineer complete?

Although there are many disciplines which fall under the umbrella term of ‘structural engineer’, such as traffic engineers, wastewater engineers, environmental engineers and construction engineers, the main focus of structural engineers is maintaining the structural integrity of projects. Structural engineers work alongside architects, surveyors, builders, and other engineers to ensure building projects are strong enough to support the various loads and forces on them.

The solutions designed by structural engineers include steel beams and columns which are needed to hold up buildings, alongside hidden solutions such as foundations and drainage designs. The skeleton and foundations of building are often hidden, but it is the structural engineers who are responsible for designing these often-impressive systems.

What do Simplify structural engineers do?

The team here at Simplify Structural Engineering can create everything from impressive structures through to simple beams to support load-bearing walls, using a combination of maths and cutting-edge technology. Depending on the project, when you hire a structural engineer, they will conduct an inspection to gather the necessary background information. For example, this could involve the client sending across a surveyor’s report into potential subsidence, with the engineer then carrying out a site visit. The visit will involve a thorough inspection, such as lifting of floors to establish potential issues.

Our team are members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and our aim is to provide a simple and efficient service to clients across the UK. To find out more about the types of projects we can assist with, contact our engineering team today.