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Structural Engineering - Strength and Stability

Written by; Markus MacIntyre / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sun Jul 12 2009


Structural Engineering

The design and analysis of structures is known as structural engineering. It is the construction of structures that are strong and stable to withstand economic masses.

Structural engineering is studied in various institutions and can also be categorized under civil engineering. A structural engineer is someone who makes designs of buildings and mostly deals with huge projects like those of large buildings.

Structural engineering may also involve designing of vehicles, medical equipment or any other kind of machinery. There are many codes and ethics involved in structural engineering especially when it comes to designing structures. When designing a building, a structural engineer is required to ensure that the tags of quality and durability are present due to safety purposes.

There are different types of structural engineers and most of them specialize in the entry level where they design the floors, beams and columns of buildings. Experienced structural engineers are in charge of designing the bigger and entire system of a building. When it comes to structural engineering an individual can specialize in whatsoever area he or she wishes. The areas in which someone can specialize are: pipeline engineering, industrial engineering, bridge engineering and others like automobile engineering. Engineering has been there since time in memorial only that it has gained popularity with the growing number of architects .It has actually become a lucrative profession for those who have indulged in it and those that practice it.

A qualified structural engineer is one that understands his profession well, in terms of knowing the complexities that come with the modern structures. A structural engineer is someone who should be creative and well researched in his field. Since the work of a structural engineer involves a lot of technicalities the person needs to be highly informed of the disciplines that come with this profession. For an individual to call oneself qualified as a structural engineer he or she needs to have undergone a graduate degree of about four to five years plus a work experience of about three years.

A structural engineer also has to be accredited by the related body in order to be permitted to work. The accreditation will however largely depend on the institution or degree course one was undertaking. A structural collapse or failure may happen; this is the worst case scenario a structural engineer can go through. Most of the time structure collapse is labeled as negligence, to avoid these the engineers are skilled to carefully plan, study, analyze and know how to lay down a project or design. A few structural designers have over the years lost their jobs due to negligence while designing buildings that collapsed and killed people.

Materials and lots of tools are used in structural engineering with the addition of mathematics and science to come up with what we see today: modern buildings. Structural engineers are required to put into account many issues such as temperature and movements that is why in his work he incorporates smoke extracts, air conditioning, electrics and ventilations


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