Structural engineering consultants also receive structural design assignments from civil engineers or other professionals to review or prepare working drawings.
The structural engineering consultant usually works with the client or engineer who has entered into a contractual agreement to provide services.
These consultants are often called upon by civil engineers involved in the design, construction supervision, building inspection, and materials testing for projects related to new construction, renovation, or alterations/additions of existing structures.
There are also different types of structural consulting companies for multi-story buildings that deal specifically with high-rise buildings. They plan load paths to transfer loads through the vertical structure without creating excessive forces on any one element of the structure. This is done by creating a parameter known as an eigenvalue which characterizes how much loading will be put on any particular level due to all other levels combined. The most important eigenvalue corresponds to how much weight will be put on the foundation of the building; it is called the “fundamental period” and characterizes how long each wave of load (like a footstep) shakes the building.
Structural engineering consultants work with engineers, architects, owners, and contractors on complex projects involving all types of structures such as:
– commercial; and
– residential buildings.
Their services may include:
- analyzing existing structural conditions and recommending improvements;
- preparing contract documents for new construction or rehabilitating existing structures; and/or
- conducting special studies related to structural design loads, vibration, etc.).
Structural engineering consultants are hired for large projects to provide detailed structural analysis. Such projects may include designing the foundation, exterior support structures, interior load-bearing walls/columns, beams, slabs, and deep foundations.
Some structural engineering consulting companies also specialize in information technology (IT) services which focus on computer software that enables building owners to manage their facilities more effectively through automated decision-making processes. IT services involve using specialized software tools for energy management system integration and automation; access control systems; CCTV video surveillance; fire alarm systems; elevators and escalators; lighting control systems; heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); electrical distribution systems; public address (PA) or emergency voice/alarm.
Structural engineering consultants provide services to assist building owners with managing their properties more effectively through automated decision-making processes. Structural engineering consulting companies work with engineers, architects, owners, and contractors on complex projects involving all types of structures, such as industrial buildings, commercial buildings, and residential buildings. Some structural consulting companies also specialize in IT services that focus on computer software that enables building owners to manage their facilities more effectively through automated decision-making processes. In conclusion, structural consulting companies provide services to assist building owners with managing their properties more effectively through automated decision-making processes.