If you have ever come across buildings like the Burj Khalifa or the Marina Sands Bay in Singapore or just any building and ever wondered how they manage to tower that high or be designed a certain way, then you are essentially looking at the work that structural engineers do. So, if you have ever asked yourself what is structural engineering, then the answer is relatively simple. Structural engineering is better described as a sub-branch of civil engineering that deals with analyzing, planning and in a way, helping to lay down the skeleton of man-made structures like buildings and so on.
Their job is to make sure that any building that is being made is structurally sound, and safe. Yes, construction workers manage the physical labor aspect of the task, however, in terms of making sure that the building’s design is stable and safe, a structural engineer is needed.
Every construction project of any scale involves the help of a structural engineer, and no building can be considered approved for construction until it has been looked over by a structural engineer beforehand. A structural engineer can be involved in both commercial and residential building projects, and they don’t just work on new structures, they can also look into already existing structures, and also look into safety checks and any possible damage that has been done to a structure. So, if you building a new house, or even if you are looking to get major renovations done, especially when doing things like adding another floor to your house, then you will need to have a structural engineer come in and do the calculations for you and then let you know whether or not the project is safe and feasible. So, it is safe to say that they have a very crucial role to play in our lives.