There are many structural engineers in the industry but it can be difficult to hand pick the best one. You may have abundant choices, but selecting a structure engineer can be a tough task. Here are some handy tips that will help you take the right decision while hiring a structure engineer.
What You Must Look For?
Typically, you must look for quality assurance, accreditation and association. This means that the consulting engineers should be ISO certified, and they must be associated with the state association of engineers. For instance, in Ireland the ACEI and CPD govern the laws. The company that you hire must be an accredited company. Apart from that, they must offer different types of services for projects such as commercial, residential, infrastructure, educational, heritage and landscape.
The structural engineer should also be an expert in fire safety engineering, and BER certificates and audits. Disability access is another area that should not be ignored. Besides, a structure engineer must offer a host of services. Given below is a checklist of the services that construction engineering should offer.
Design and approval: This aspect includes the preliminary design and detailing of a building. The building could be a house, apartment, office, retail shops, outlets, industrial units, factory, hotels, refurbishments, warehouse, and heritage building and so on. Typically, the service provider creates an aesthetic design with cost-effective structure. A structural engineer will undertake design on different types of building elements like foundation, floor, beam, columns, walls, roof, basement and so forth.
Structural surveys and reports: A structural survey is conducted on an existing structure or a new property. Some of the elements checked in a survey would include critical and non-critical items like subsidence, settlement, wall and floor cracking, damp, fire damage and much more.
General engineering reports: Engineering reports may be required on a variety of different situations. Some of the situations include legal disputes with building contractor, damage to your property, monitoring property, party wall disputes and similar others.
Certificate of compliance: This aspect of a structural engineer has provision for certificate of compliance with planning and building regulations and certificate of exemption from planning. The construction engineering company must comply with all of the above.
Project management: This service will guide you from the inception to the completion of your project. The service provider will liaison between you and your contractor, offer cost control on project, check quality, offer technical advice, and provide product advice and much more.
Property defects surveys and reports: The service provider will provide subsidence, settlement, wall and floor cracking, damp or mould, water leakage, fire damage, interior or exterior wall, insulation, heat loss, poor workmanship, to name a few.
Heritage development: A structural engineer will also look into structural surveys and reports, protect structures, design works to protect heritage buildings, monitoring the behavior of heritage structure during adjacent work and a lot more.
These are some of the factors that you must consider while hiring consulting engineers. These services will ensure that your project is carried out effectively and smoothly without any obstacles. Besides you can also get a BER audit done, and upgrade the existing property to meet the expectations of environment safety.