Have you ever wondered what structural engineers actually do? A portion of what they do is creatively driven. But for the most part, structural engineering is a science, so there are well-established parameters and formulas that govern the industry. Structural Engineers first have to learn the technical knowledge that they then apply to building projects they take on.
Structural Engineers get to be creative when it comes to determining how to solve problems, but the tools and methods they use are sometimes centuries old. For example, structural engineers –both in the past and present — use mathematical formulas to determine whether structures are well-supported. In the past, these calculations were done by hand, but now they can be done using computer software.
Our own engineer, Ryan Houser, has mentioned that when he was at Temple University, engineering students were required to learn structural calculations by hand. Now, he mostly uses software to perform calculations, but at times it “comes in handy” to be able to do calculations by hand.
Structural Engineering’s history began in 2700 B.C. with the ancient Egyptians. Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian polymath, was the first structural engineer known by name and Archimedes published a work on structural laws in the 3rd century B.C. So, it’s not some newfangled fad. Structural engineering keeps our towns and cities stable and sturdy.
The principles behind structural engineering help our engineers determine how forces like gravity, weight and weather affect the structural integrity of your building. The world around us and even the land that your home sits on is constantly changing. Small movements and forces affect your home constantly. It is these factors that we use to plan your building project so that your home will function properly with its surroundings.
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