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Structural engineers also examine existing buildings and other structures to test if they are structurally sound and still fit for purpose, in particular if the building has suffered from subsidence, fire or flooding. Structural engineers have to make efficient use of funds and materials in order to achieve structural goals.
What is the difference between an architect and a structural engineer?
Architects and structural engineers work in close partnership when they design buildings or design building alterations and extensions, but there are differences between them.
An architect designs the building to the client’s brief, creating a plan that will be based on for construction taking into account aesthetics, the building layout, door and windows, and the utilities of the electrics and the plumbing.
Structural engineers work from the architect’s drawings and make sure the building works, by advising the use of various structural techniques. These very from types of load bearing walls, foundations and steel or timber beams for example.
If you already own the property it is advised to have a structural survey if you are planning an extension or making any other alterations the building or structure.
If you find any cracks that you are concerned about, a structural surveyor should be advised who will make an inspection.