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What is a Structural Engineer?

The work of a structural engineer is not something everyone is familiar with, this article tries to provide an introduction to the work of a structural engineer.
Structural engineers are experts in design, construction, repair, conversion and conservation. They are interested in all aspects of a structure and its stability.
If a structure was a human body then the architect would be responsible for the appearance of the body and the general outline, and the structural engineer would be responsible for the design of the skeleton, muscles and sinews. Ie everything required to make the structure stand up.
Structural engineers are integral to the design and construction team, working with civil engineers and architects. As a team they create all types of structures from houses, theatres, sports stadia and hospitals to bridges, oil rigs and space satellites.
All structures have to be designed to withstand the conditions in which it is built. Homes in parts of the world with high snowfall will need stronger roof structures to deal with continuous snow and ice loads. Bridges will need to carry different kinds of loads all around the world and will also need to be designed differently whether they are carrying pedestrians, road traffic or trains. A structural engineer must consider all the possible factors.
Structural engineering is about ensuring the structure is capable of standing up and can withstand the pressures of use that the building is subjected to - including the potential weather conditions for the locality. Engineers prove this by mathematical calculations in order to satisfy the Local Authority Building Control that a design is safe. This work complements the work of architects, who are the spatial and aesthetic experts of building design and construction.
Structural engineers make a difference and shape the built environment. They are people who enjoy a challenge, responsibility and the excitement of an innovative and varied career. Structural engineering presents both creative and technical challenges and requires excellent problem solving skills.

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Online essay on 06 May 2016 07:05
Structural engineers ensure that buildings and bridges are built to be strong enough and stable enough to resist all appropriate structural loads in order to prevent or reduce loss of life or injury.
Reply to comment on 21 July 2016 17:10
Well, that makes it just a little more clear to me. Can you add some wider description?
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