Structural Engineering Design & Analysis Services are that field of Building Engineering that creates the core structural elements of the building. They ensure the building is safe and stable and designed to support the loads and function it was envisaged for.
If you are thinking to extend your home, or even to build a new one, you will need professional advice from a structural engineer, who will prepare drawings and designs considering the planning consent and building regulations.
Structural designing or building surveys is an art of understanding the flow of forces. The distribution of forces is initially understood diagrammatically and mathematically and then based on scientific understanding, sketches of buildings and connections are developed. Structures are divided into two major categories, reinforced concrete design, and steel frame structures.
Before the construction of any building, initial contaminated land investigation and building surveys of the construction sites is done. Expert civil engineers then ensure that your ideas are translated into an economic design which fulfills your requirements and complies with building legislation. Moreover, sewers drain and highways are of the core importance in any structural design, thus only a professional site investigation consultant can complete and approve set of plans before starting any construction project.
Every structure should be designed to resist the overturning effects caused by the lateral forces. The value for snow load, wind load, and seismic load importance factors should be determined in accordance with International Building Code. For dynamic analysis of earthquakes, usually, core shear walls are used to take the earthquake load. All these analyses are not in hands of any common man or builder. Only a professional structural design services company can create a safe, stable and economic design for any proposed structure.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION
A residential structural engineer will help streamline the permitting and construction process for residential projects of all sizes and budgets.
ROOM ADDITIONS AND REMODELS
Alterations to existing structures can be difficult for the unprepared. Their background and experience will help avoid any unwelcome surprises during construction.
Whether caused by storm events, fallen trees, or water intrusion, they quickly assess the damage and provide timely repair designs.
Vertical cracks are due to the reduction of the concrete in the foundation. These cracks appear very ordinary in their initial stages but they become bigger and larger in the later phases. The vertical cracks leak water whereas the horizontal wall cracks form structural matters which are needed to be repaired. A professional residential structural engineer can assess the matter with safe and proper code repairs for your well-being.
Foundations are designed to have an adequate load capacity depending on the type of subsoil supporting the foundation by a geotechnical engineer, and the footing itself may be designed structurally by a structural engineer. The primary design concerns are settlement and bearing capacity. When considering settlement, total settlement and differential settlement is normally considered. Differential settlement is when one part of a foundation settles more than another part. This can cause problems to the structure which the foundation is supporting. Expansive clay soils can also cause problems.
Shallow foundations, often called footings, are usually embedded about a meter or so into the soil. One common type is the spread footing which consists of strips or pads of concrete (or other materials) which extend below the frost line and transfer the weight from walls and columns to the soil or bedrock.
Another common type of shallow foundation is the slab-on-grade foundation where the weight of the structure is transferred to the soil through a concrete slab placed at the surface. Slab-on-grade foundations can be reinforced mat slabs, which range from 25 cm to several meters thick, depending on the size of the building, or post-tensioned slabs, which are typically at least 20 cm for houses, and thicker for heavier structures.