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Structural engineering is a variation of civil engineering where the engineers deal with the design of structures like buildings, bridges, and tunnels. Structural engineers are taught to understand, predict, and calculate the strength and stability of structures and develop designs keeping the specifications in mind. Though mostly associated with the construction industry, structural engineers are also involved in the design of certain machinery, medical equipment and vehicles. A firm or a professional may provide structural engineering services on ad-hoc or retention basis to clients. You can hire structural engineers for your projects on Guru. You'll find engineers with a variety of skills, knowledge, experience, and project expertise that are sure to meet your project needs.

What Does a Structural Engineer Do?

Structural engineers are the backbone of any construction project. A structural engineer is responsible for designing the blueprint of the structure and conducting feasibility studies, researching structural components, and structural systems to achieve design goals, and ensuring that all building safety standards are met.

Structural engineers are responsible for choosing the appropriate materials, such as concrete and timber, as well as calculating their required proportion in constructing a particular building. Besides constructing new structures, an engineer also examines existing buildings to test whether or not they are structurally sound. The term structural engineer is often used interchangeably with civil engineers, although there is a difference between the two. While civil engineering involves every stage of an engineering project, structural engineering focuses particularly on the structural elements, such as the foundations and framework. Regardless, many companies offer both civil and structural engineering design service to their clients. A structural engineer can be found on top freelance marketplaces, such as Guru, where there are a number of professional service providers available. One can also find structural modeling experts who are professionals who design a representational model of the project to guide the construction and building process.

If you wish to hire a structural engineer for your project, make sure your freelance engineer can:

  • Analyze configurations of basic structural components of a building.

  • Calculate the strength of various materials like timber, concrete, steel, and brick.

  • Liaise with other designers, including architects, to agree on safe designs and their fit along with the aesthetic concept of the construction.

  • Perform appropriate and accurate engineering analyses.

  • Provide complete and accurate man-hour and materials estimates for projects.

To find a structural engineer with the knowledge, experience, and qualifications you need for your project, you can look at the engineer profiles posted on Guru. You can also post your engineer jobs on the platform and freelancers interested in the projects will reach out to you. In your project posting, you just include information regarding the project timeline, scope of the project, and necessary experience level of the engineer.

Qualifications of a Structural Engineer

It is ideal for your structural engineer to have the following knowledge and skills for your projects:

  • Professional education in Structural or Civil Engineering

  • Knowledge of building design codes and standards

  • Proficiency in structural engineering software’s like ETABS, SAFE, StaadPro, Midas, Adapt, and more

  • Proficiency in structural analysis tools and software

  • Hands on experience on AutoCAD/Revit/Micro station

​Before hiring an engineer for your project, be sure to interview them about their past jobs, knowledge, experience, and scope of expertise.

Benefits of Freelance Structural Engineers

Structural engineers are a part of the project from inception to completion and thus are involved in every stage of the construction. An engineer will also carry out continuous maintenance of the structure to ensure that it is in good, viable shape, and all safety aspects are being met. An engineer is well connected with other professionals in the field like architects, raw material suppliers, and contractors and can thus act as a middleman when completing projects.

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