What do Structural Engineers do?
Structural Engineers specialise in the physical structure of buildings: foundations, walls and roofs. The services a Structural Engineer can provide are inspections of problems with an existing building and providing help with the structural design and calculations for any alterations you are considering to an existing building. Another service they provide is in relation to the design of new buildings and planning permission applications.
Professional Qualifications of Structural Engineers
A Chartered Structural Engineer will be a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) or of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and will have the following letters after their name: MIStructE, FIStructE, MICE or FICE. It is generally recommended that you engage the services of a Chartered Engineer rather than an Engineer who is not chartered but please note that there are some Engineers with considerable experience who are not chartered. The choice is yours. It is possible for a Chartered Building Surveyor to offer services in this area.
When might you need a Structural Engineer?
If you notice signs of subsidence or heave in the foundations; movement or cracking of walls; sagging of the ceiling or the roofline you may need the services of a Structural Engineer.
There are two kinds of inspection: a Specific Structural inspection or a General Structural Inspection. If the problem is confined to one area of the property and you do not require an inspection of the whole building then you will need a Specific Structural Inspection. If you require an inspection of the whole building then you will require a General Structural Inspection.
An example of a Specific Structural Inspection could be when mortar has been lost from the brickwork of a chimney stack over time causing it to become unstable. In this case you would ask a Structural Engineer to carry out a Specific Structural Inspection before deciding what repairs are necessary.
An example of a General Structural Inspection would be if there was fire damage to a property. A Structural Engineer would inspect the property and provide information regarding the stability of the building and the possible cost of the necessary repairs. For an estimate of the cost to reinstall only the interior and tidy up the exterior a Building Survey from a Chartered Surveyor may be more appropriate.
If you are planning structural alterations to an existing building or if you are designing a completely new building, you will need to be in compliance with the current building regulations and you may need to submit information to your local Building Control authority. A Structural Engineer would be able to help you through the process.
If you require more information about the interior of the property then, instead of a Structural Inspection, you may be better to commission a Building Survey from a Building Surveyor.
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