As a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Idaho, Washington, Montana, North Dakota and North Carolina, we provide structural engineering and project management services for commercial projects, manufacturing and industrial facilities, bridges and other applications that require structural analysis or design.
Structural building engineering includes all structural engineering related to the design of buildings. It is the branch of structural engineering that works closely with architecture. We work together with the architect and builder to complete the project within the building owners Scope, Budget and Schedule.
My experience in construction and management of large industrial facilities serve to ensure a projects success by thorough planning, efficient organization and careful execution of the project scope. It is most important to maintain the owners’ best interest while always respecting others.
Integral with structural engineering and project management, we provide drafting of construction documents. We will work directly with permitting agencies to provide drawings and details that adhere to local required building codes and other governing agencies.
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ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
Structural engineering has existed since humans first started to construct their own structures. It became a more defined and formalized profession with the emergence of the architecture profession as distinct from the engineering profession during the industrial revolution in the late 19th century. Until then, the architect and the structural engineer were usually one and the same – the master builder. Only with the development of specialized knowledge of structural theories that emerged during the 19th and early 20th centuries did the professional structural engineer come into existence.
Building engineering is primarily driven by the creative manipulation of materials and forms and the underlying mathematical and scientific ideas to achieve an end which fulfills its functional requirements and is structurally safe when subjected to all the loads it could reasonably be expected to experience. This is subtly different from architectural design, which is driven by the creative manipulation of materials and forms, mass, space, volume, texture and light to achieve an end which is aesthetic, functional and often artistic.
The architect is usually the lead designer on buildings, with a structural engineer employed as a sub-consultant. The degree to which each discipline actually leads the design depends heavily on the type of structure. Many structures are structurally simple and led by architecture, such as multistory office buildings and housing, while other structures, such as tensile structures, shells and gridshells are heavily dependent on their form for their strength, and the engineer may have a more significant influence on the form, and hence much of the aesthetic, than the architect.
The structural design for a building must ensure that the building is able to stand up safely, able to function without excessive deflections or movements which may cause fatigue of structural elements, cracking or failure of fixtures, fittings or partitions, or discomfort for occupants. It must account for movements and forces due to temperature, creep, cracking and imposed loads. It must also ensure that the design is practically buildable within acceptable manufacturing tolerances of the materials. It must allow the architecture to work, and the building services to fit within the building and function (air conditioning, ventilation, smoke extract, electrics, lighting etc.). The structural design of a modern building can be extremely complex, and often requires a large team to complete.
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