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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.

What Does a Structural Engineer Do?

Structural engineers are the backbone of any construction project. They are 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 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 structure. Besides constructing new structures, they also examine 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 and they 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, make sure your freelancer 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.

Qualifications of a Structural Engineer

It is ideal for your freelancer to have the following skills:

  • Professional education in Structural or Civil Engineering

  • Knowledge of 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

Benefits of Freelance Structural Engineers

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

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